Hall & Oates: "The '80s Weren't as Much Fun as You Might Think"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_14b9849f91.jpgMick Rock/Wolfson Entertainment -- Daryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-'80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid. But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren't really the endless party that most people assume they were. "The '80s weren't as much fun as you might think," John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian.

"The demands were so great.  When you're in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don't know what you're missing.  I enjoyed the '70s a whole lot better."  But why?  They certainly weren't as popular back then.  Well, John says that's the point.

"It was a totally freer time.  Then we became pop superstars and we couldn't go anywhere," he explains.

Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, "I didn't really want to participate in [superstardom]."  But these days, he says he's OK with his level of fame.

"I'm as popular as I was back then, but it's a different kind of popularity," he explains.  "It's more pleasant.  More fulfilling.  I don't feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll."  Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today's hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.

 "I hear my influence all over the place," says Daryl.  "It's pretty widespread."

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