blackbook mag

Everyone has a guilty pleasure or two. We asked some of our favorite musicians and writers to nominate the bands and albums that make their friends cringe.

Brandon Flowers/The Killers
Hall and Oates,
Bigger Than Both of Us

     I like Hall & Oates. I really like Hall & Oates.''Rich Girl'' is one of the best songs ever written, and you can quote me on that. I remember the first time I ever heard it. I was about 12-years-old and I had just bought my first cassette, the Cars, and I was very proud of myself because I was, you know, developing. I was becoming this musical man, it felt like. I was into this rock 'n' roll band, the Cars, and it felt like my world was getting bigger. But then there was this other music going on, too, and it's what my sister, Shelly, was listening to. She started to notice this interest in music that I had. She was always listening to stuff and making mix tapes and she sat me down with ''Rich Girl.'' I loved it. Instantly. It's got everything your ears could want. It's just a great song. A perfect song. Everything you need to know about writing a hit song-it's in ''Rich Girl.''