Friday, September 14, 2012

Saxophone Riff of the Week: Hall and Oates "Maneater"

It's already been established on this blog that I have what some would call an unnatural preoccupation with the use of saxophones in songs.  Like here, here, and here.

I'd argue it's more of a fine appreciation of a good or random saxophone riff.  You don't realize how much the saxophone shows up in songs until you start paying attention to it.

With that in mind, I present a new feature: Saxophone Riff of the Week.

There's really not a better place to start than with the Hall and Oates 80s classic "Maneater."  As hard as it may be, I'm going to ignore the ridiculousness of this video with its seemingly random cheesy jaguar cuts and overlays.

Not only does the video start with a saxophone riff and random close up of the guy's fingers on the sax (because that really gets the ladies going), at the 2:43 mark a 30 second sax solo begins.

And that's not just any solo, it's the quintessential 80s sax guy solo complete with suit and sunglasses.  This is so you know he means business... smooth sax business that is.

Unless, there were just a lot of businessmen/saxophone players in the 80s.  They worked hard, they played hard. 

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