French make up artist Pierre Laroche had already designed David Bowie's Aladdin Sane and Pin-Ups look, as well as Tim Curry's make up for Rocky Horror Picture Show. Daryl Hall and John Oates should have known what was coming.
"He was a very flamboyant Frenchman," Oates told VH1's Behind The Music."I remember his exact words: 'I will immortalize you!'. Well, he sure did."
The cover of their RCA debut Daryl Hall and John Oates features the duo in heavy make up.
"I said 'Oh my God, this looks like every girl I ever wanted to go out with," Hall laughs.
"The cover caused all kinds of controversy," manager Tommy Mottola said."Everybody thought the two of them were gay. They thought they were lovers living together which in a lot of ways was a great PR sort of move."
The first single was a tepid cover of the reggae tune "Soldering" but DJ's preferred the B side, "Sara Smile", inspired by Hall's girlfriend Sara Allen. "Sara Smile" would become the duo's first Top 10 hit, peaking at #4 in 1976. Deep Cut "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" features George Harrison on slide guitar and Sara Allen on backing vocals.