We all know him as the pretty-boy, fair-haired, non-mustachioed half of Hall and Oates, but Daryl Hall struck out on his own every once in a while, too, and when he released his second solo album Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine in 1986, the first single was the super-awesome “Dreamtime”.
A way-catchy, upbeat rock song, “Dreamtime” was a bit of a departure for Hall and Oates fans. The groovy, soulful days of songs like “Sara Smiles” and even “Maneater” were gone, replaced by guitar, drums, and a wailin’ Hall.
Throw in a nice dose of heavy rotation on MTV, and Hall had himself a nice little hit on his hands.
“Dreamtime” did ‘okay’ on the charts, spending a so-so 15 weeks in the Hot 100 and peaking at #5 in October 1986. But more than that, it was really the last time we ever heard from Hall (or Oates, too, for that matter); neither man (whether solo or with each other) would ever crack the Top 10 again.
Say it isn’t so.
We ♥ Dreamtime.