On this day in music history: October 12, 1984…

On this day in music history: October 12, 1984 – “Big Bam Boom”, the twelfth studio album by Daryl Hall & John Oates is released. Produced by Daryl Hall, John Oates and Bob Clearmountain, it is recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City from June – August 1984. After the release of their first greatest hits album “Rock ‘N Soul Part 1” in the Fall of 1983, Hall & Oates return to the studio the following Summer to begin working on the official follow up to “H20”. Having co-produced the new tracks “Say It Isn’t So” and “Adult Education” for the hits compilation, producer and recording engineer Bob Clearmountain work with the duo on their new studio album. Influenced by dance music and the latest musical technology of the day, including the Synclavier II and Fairlight CMI sampling keyboards, Hall & Oates look to incorporate these new elements into their established sound. They also invite top DJ/remixer and producer Arthur Baker as well as drum programmer Jimmy Bralower and keyboardist Robbie Kilgore (Shannon, Man Parrish, Tina B., Xena) to lend their musicianship and technical know-how to the sessions.  The end result adds a modern cutting edge dance groove to the duo’s distinctive pop and blue eyed soul sound, and the subsequent 12" dance remixes (edited by The Latin Rascals, but uncredited) of the singles. The album is very well received by the public, spinning off four singles including “Out Of Touch” (#1 Pop, #24 R&B, #1 Club Play), “Method Of Modern Love” (#5 Pop, #21 R&B, #18 Club Play) and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” (#18 Pop, #85 R&B). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2004, with the original 12" dance mixes of “Out Of Touch”, “Method Of Modern Love”, “Possession Obsession” and “Dance On Your Knees”, as added bonus tracks. Unavailable on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued by Megaforce Records in August of 2018. The new reissue is packaged in a gatefold sleeve, rather than a single pocket LP jacket and inner sleeve lyric sheet, like the original release. The inner sleeve contents are printed on the inside of the gatefold instead. “Big Bam Boom” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.