“Hello Ladies, Meet Daryl Hall and John Oates”: Duo’s 1975 Recording “Alone Too Long” is Theme Song to New HBO Series Starring Stephen Merchant
Hit-making duo Daryl Hall and John Oates have proven over the years that they know a little something about the ladies. So when Emmy®-winning producer Stephen Merchant, co-creator and executive producer of the just-premiered new HBO series, Hello Ladies, was looking for a theme song that would fit the show’s narrative about looking for love in all the wrong places, he knew precisely where to turn. After all, what musical pair is more familiar with the vagaries of romance than Daryl Hall and John Oates, whose 1975 song, “Alone Too Long,” can be heard over the opening credits in the new, eagerly anticipated show from the co-creator of BBC’s The Office with Ricky Gervais and executive producer of the U.S. version.
The song, written by John Oates, was originally on the duo’s RCA album, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the release which also included “Sara Smile.”
“‘Alone Too Long’ was a song about being a young, single and confused guy living in the big city, just trying to figure it all out…who I was and if there was anyone out there for me,” says John about the song. “If I had a time machine and I could transport Stephen Merchant back to the early ‘70s and I'll bet we'd be both crying in our beer and laughing our asses off.”
Merchant, who previously served as an executive producer, director, writer and actor for HBO’s Extras and Life’s Too Short, plays gawky, 6’ 7” English web designer Stuart Pritchard, a recent transplant to L.A., where he is obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, who want nothing to do with him. Half as charming and twice as desperate as he thinks he is, his romantic aspirations far outstretch his looks or appeal. Maybe Daryl and John can offer some helpful advice in addition to their theme song.
For the official trailer of the show featuring “Alone Too Long,” click below: