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Did you know that this little dog once named a song after an Arquette sister?
It's one thing to welcome Hall & Oates into the

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Soft Rock's Unironic Return Is Upon Us

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Did you know that this little dog once named a song after an Arquette sister?
It's one thing to welcome Hall & Oates into the hipster pantheon. That's classic tokenism, boy. It's another to host an event called the "Soft Rock Cafe" and convince your employer to sponsor it and a really cool bar to host it. That's classic self-indulgence/evil-minded ear torture, girl (although it worked out well for almost everyone in the end).

But when you witness people nodding their heads sans grin to the smooth tunes of Toto and P.M. Dawn at a well-appointed restaurant/bar in New York City's East Village, then hear the totality of Lionel Richie's Greatest Hits at All City Coffee in Georgetown during morning rush--all within the space of three days--you'd be forgiven for thinking a legitimate AM Gold comeback was in the offing.

The P.M. Dawn track, from the Boomerang soundtrack, was the mindblower. Here it is, in case you've forgotten. And if my pop cultural nose is as adroit as a drug-sniffing dog's (in soft rock's case, he'd be on the hunt for blow), there'll be plenty more where this comes from, in real time.

 
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