Method of Modern Love

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For the Saint Etienne single, see Method of Modern Love (Saint Etienne song).
"Method of Modern Love"
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Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Big Bam Boom
B-side "Bank on Your Love"
Released December 15, 1984
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length 5:34 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
7:49 (extended mix)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Daryl Hall, Janna Allen
Producer(s) Daryl Hall, John Oates and Bob Clearmountain
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Out of Touch"
(1984)
"Method of Modern Love"
(1984)
"Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid"
(1985)

"Method of Modern Love" is a 1985[1] song by the American duo Hall & Oates. It was released as the second single from their 1984 album, Big Bam Boom. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1985 and is included in numerous compilation albums except on the album: Playlist: The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Music video[edit]

The setting and the mood of the music video is kept very surreal, almost dream-like. At the beginning, Hall and Oates are discovered in their cozy apartment by someone on the roof, looking through a skylight. G.E. Smith throws a V-style guitar through the window, as if it were a spear. The guitar sticks into the floor and then begins glowing. This incites Hall and Oates to go up to the roof to investigate. There, on the roof of the apartment, they become mesmerized by a four-man band, and then all the men perform a choreography. While performing Daryl Hall falls from the roof, and the other men rush to see what became of him. There, they see him dancing on the clouds next to the moon, and upon Hall's beckoning, they dive off the roof in an attempt to walk on the clouds. At the end, they are seen swimming and dancing in the clouds, with neon signs flashing the letters of the song title.[2]

The version of the song used in the video is a special edit, which incorporates both the album version and the 12" remix version.

In popular culture[edit]

In 1985, "Weird Al" Yankovic included the song in his polka medley "Hooked on Polkas" from his album Dare to Be Stupid. In 1993, rapper Method Man sampled the song on his song "Method Man". [3]

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered on the Billboard Hot 100 when Out of Touch was still on the top of the chart, it debuted at #50 the same week it was released, after eight weeks it peaked at #5 staying there for a week, the single remained on the chart for nineteen weeks.[4][5][6] Curiously, on the January 19, 1985 issue this song was at #21 while another song by the band, Out of Touch, was at #22.[7]

On the Radio & Records airplay chart the song debuted at #38 on the December 14, 1984 issue, after four weeks it reached and peaked at #5 staying there for two weeks, the song was on the top 10 of the chart for five weeks and remained on it for ten weeks.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 21
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[9] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 21
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[12] 18
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard) 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Essential Hall & Oates: Ranking Their 20 Greatest Songs". newnownext.com. 2014-10-11. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ Music video at dailymotion.com
  3. ^ http://www.whosampled.com/Hall-%26-Oates/Method-of-Modern-Love/
  4. ^ "December 12, 1984 Hot 100 issue". 
  5. ^ "February 16, 1985 Hot 100 issue". 
  6. ^ "Hall & Oates chart history on the Hot 100.". 
  7. ^ "January 19, 1985 Hot 100 issue". 
  8. ^ http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/gghunt/charts/Songruns/H/HallandOates/method_of_modern_love.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/gghunt/charts/halloates.html
  10. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Retrieved March 30, 2017.

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