The Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) have made an album of Hall & Oates covers non-ironically (OK, probably a little ironically) titled Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.
Long live Hall and Oates!
You can’t cover a song so precisely as a mere joke, and the band clearly adores source material like the unimpeachable “Sara Smile.” But the Bird and the Bee’s Hall & Oates covers did underscore our weird new world of pop contrarianism among the cool kids, where there’s a kind of brinkmanship to adoring once-maligned ’80s soft rock. (Will “Interpreting the Masters: Volume 2” feature Wings and Michael McDonald?)
I don’t like to think of my pop love as contrarian, because I do like listening to the music so damn much. Nevertheless, I do understand August Brown’s complaints. My response would be that just as we cannot malign any genre in its entirety, we should not pass over a period and genre simply because of the sound-of-the-times.