In spite of their hipster-anointed album and swanky dress code, New York's Interpol have a few things in common with the decidedly uncool Hall & Oates.
For starters, producer Arthur Baker is currently remixing "Obstacle 1," the latest single from Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights, and his resume includes some work with the '80s hitmaking duo responsible for "Private Eyes" and "Maneater."
"I've got a Hall & Oates 12-inch that was remixed by Arthur Baker that's like, amazing," fashion plate Interpol bassist Carlos Dengler admitted recently. "We had a Hall & Oates tour bus once. It had a mirror on the ceiling … I don't even want to get into it."
The members of Interpol — Dengler, singer/ guitarist Paul Banks, drummer Sam Fogarino and guitarist Daniel Kessler — all agree that Hall & Oates had some good tunes. They're even generous enough to think that the formerly mustached John Oates was the cooler of the pair. ("He's like the little guy from Tears for Fears," said Banks. "He's indispensable to the band's sound.") But it wasn't Baker's association with them that got him hired.
Baker, after all, has worked with the decidedly more Interpol-like New Order and Kraftwerk. And he was an architect of hip-hop's early sound, collaborating with Afrika Bambaataa to craft the landmark "Planet Rock."
"Arthur Baker is a legend," Dengler said. " 'Planet Rock' — I mean, Planet Rock, c'mon! He's just done so many amazing things."
In addition to Baker's work on "Obstacle 1," the band enlisted Ladytron's Daniel Hunt to take a crack at reworking "Untitled." Both remixes should be unleashed on the public, in some format, later this summer.
Having sweated through their suits at California's Coachella in April (see "Iggy, Beasties, White Stripes Lead Three-Pronged Invasion At Coachella") and the KROQ radio station's annual Weenie Roast earlier this month (see "Pink Teams With Transplants, Good Charlotte Unplug For Weenie Roast"), Interpol are looking to further promote the Joy Division-inspired Turn on the Bright Lights via another headlining tour in the fall.
"We've been fortunate [that] we're able to headline our own tours," Dengler said graciously. "A lot of bands that are out today start out opening for bigger bands. We started really small, headlining a really small tour, and now we're at the point where we can, on our own, tour at a level that some bands at our level wouldn't have the opportunity to do."
The trek is set to take place through September and October — presumably not on an old Hall & Oates tour bus.