Thursday, June 7, 2012

Daryl Hall - "Foolish Pride"

Foolish Pride - 3 Hearts In the Happy Ending Machine

(Debuted October 18, 1986, Peaked #33, 12 Weeks on the Chart)

Even though he was part of a very successful duo, Daryl Hall ventured away from John Oates from time to time to do his own projects. One of those efforts was his solo LP Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, which he co-produced with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics. That album charted three singles and two reached the Top 40. "Foolish Pride" was the second of those.

The song appeals to three of Hall's core audiences (pop, R&B and adult contemporary) and charted in all three of those formats. While the drum kit and production values date it as a 1986 recording, it's still a decent recording for the time. In a way, it shows what Hall wanted to say without Oates, but it also begs the question to how it might have sounded if he'd recorded it with his partner.

Here's a trivial mention I figured I'd toss out: For those of us who remember the two-sided vinyl LPs and cassettes, most were given Side 1/2 or Side A/B. With Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, the two sides were labeled Side 1 and Side A. Apparently, Hall felt neither side should be considered inferior.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you featured this, it's a totally underrated song. Dreamtime was the album's big hit, but Foolish Pride was a groovy track.