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John Oates of famed music duo ‘Hall & Oates’ admits ‘Maneater’ is about New York

John Oates singing half of pop and rhythm and blues music sensation of the 70’s and 80’s, "Hall & Oates" revealed that 80’s hit song “Maneater” was about New York City. (See video)

John Oates from dynamic music duo, Hall & Oates inducted into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Hall & Oates inducted into 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Not sure exactly how the song Maneater describes New York, for the catchy song have lyrics like, “Oh, oh here she comes…watch out boy she’ll chew you up,” and the song even starts, “she’ll only come out at night, the lean and hungry type, nothing is new, I’ve seen her here before…watching and waiting, she’s sitting with you but her eyes are on the door…”

It is possible John Oates could have been joking, but the lyrics do not necessarily give a sense the song is about a town or a city. Then again, there are times if you don’t get a bite out of The Big Apple, the city can get a bite out of you and “chew you up.”

Hall & Oates, who originated from Philadelphia (Hall) and New York (Oates), are famously known for their rock and roll music infused with soul, which prompted fans and the music industry to label their music as “Rock and Soul.”

Just recently, at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, Hall & Oates were recognized and inducted into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which also included music icons: Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, KISS, Nirvana and The E Street Band.

Hall & Oates and the majority of the 2014 Class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have made music in the last 40 years.

Darryl Hall, 67 and John Oates, 65 were recognized in 1987 by the R.I.A.A as the “Number-One Selling Duo” in music history, a record the duo still holds today.

Hall & Oates are currently on tour, and recently performed in Manhattan’s The Cutting Room, making the duo's last stop in New York when they embark on a U.S. and international tour that will include Scotland and Ireland.

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