Not So Dynamic Duos
Last night I had to sit through dinner while my wife played a gag-inducing Hall & Oates Christmas CD.Â What absolute awful butchery of holiday classics!Â Of course, at least the songs sung by the real singer in the “duo”, Darryl Hall, were more palatable than the “singing” of John “Bababooey” Oates.Â There is an inescapable loss of musical gravitas the moment that guy decides to assert himself as a real partner in the “duo”.
Maybe the best example ever of a lopsided musical duoÂ was Simon and Garfunkel.Â Simon did everything, wrote the songs, and basically took Art along for the ride out of the kindness of his heart, eventually kicking him to the sidelines where he belonged.
For country fans,Â there is an inescapable parallel in Brooks & Dunn.Â Just what the hell does thatÂ Brooks guy do other than try to look cool and singing doo-wop backing vocals???Â ( I have to say at least they have kept themselves less distinct by name than the others – I had to double check to make sure I had the right guy for the right role – Brooks is in fact the loser)
So, for the ultimate in not so dynamic duos (notice the dominant half is always on the left side looking at the photo!):
I can’t help but have the same feeling when I see Bill and Hillary (and of course the dominant duo half is always listed first)Â in action – the ultimate dysfunctiuonal duo of the political world.Â For all of his many faults, Bill Clinton is a consumate and skilled politician.Â Hillary just doesn’t measure up in any appreciable fashion.Â She is the Oates to the Hall, the Garfunkel to the Simon, and theÂ Brooks to the Dunn, all wrapped up in one unsaleable and unappealling package.Â Please, national Democrats,Â select this woman as your nominee!Â