I love the song and like the imaging and the pacing of the video. The dark background and the blue neon are, of course, all that's needed to distinguish this song as Live from the 1980's (1986, to be exact. This was a Billboard #1. If it weren't for "and Oates", Hall would be a one-hit wonder). That, and Daryl Hall's hair, anyway.
While I do love this video and the music gets under my skin in the good way, it's loaded with 1980's stylistic conceits that verge on the OTT. You'll
- Gasp as you gaze on the coordinated yellow jackets of the backup singers!
- Palpitate at the stern looks of the backup singers!
- Attempt to initiate a fight-or-flight response when you see the hexagonal electronic drum heads!
- Giggle uncontrollably when Daryl gives that little hiccupy "Uh!" about halfway through his first verse!
- Be Stunned (like a clubbed baby seal) at the incredibly wide range of emotions portayed by Daryl Hall's face–all the way from Over The Top™ to Waaaay Over The Top™. Accept no substitutes!
Tags: Daryl Hall, Music Video, 1987, YouTube, Three Hearts In The Happy Ending Machine, 1980s