First Hit #1: December 18, 1982
Hall and Oates have been one of the defining groups of the early ’80s, at least as number one singles go, and their habits have been largely defining as far as a typical sound for the era goes. Maneater is a bit different, as the duo tries to get intimidating and strikes fear into hearts the best way they know how – bass. The bass work in the song keeps it slightly mysterious and gloomy, and coupled with the ’80s spooky sax solo – the saxophone has never been as lonely and spooky as it was in the ’80s – it sets the tone for a woman whose intentions are not good, who stalks the streets looking for men to devour. The Hall and Oates sound could seem fairly narrow – they do many of the same things in each song, and are distinct enough to be instantly recognizable – but they could set a variety of different moods within their trademarks.