The quintessentially 1980s duo Daryl Hall & John Oates (never just “Hall & Oates”) recorded their iconic song, “Rich Girl,” 38 years ago today. Although the song is nowhere near new, the duo is still surprisingly as relevant as ever–and just a few weeks ago, John Oates shocked casual fans by noting that song was actually written about a dude.
That’s right: rich girl is actually rich guy. The song was inspired by a spoiled fast-food heir named Victor Walker, whose dad owned The Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Chicago, along with 15 KFC franchises. Which would turn any of us into male versions of Paris Hilton.
In honor of the amazing song’s birthday, here’s director Boris Khaykin’s imagining of how Daryl Hall & John Oates came up with th other huge hit of “You Make My Dreams Come True.” This also works as a tribute to 500 Days of Summer, which featured a dance sequence that’s helped to make Daryl Hall & John Oates as relevant as ever. Did we mention they’re as relevant as ever? See for yourself..