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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Finally, this hour, there are help lines...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU MAKE MY DREAMS")

SIEGEL: ...and then there are help lines.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU MAKE MY DREAMS")

HALL & OATES: (Singing) What I want, you've got. And it might be hard to handle.

SIEGEL: The one we're going to share with you now is only for calling in case of a musical emergency.

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

To reach it, you dial 719-26-O-A-T-E-S. That's Oates, as in the musical duo Hall & Oates, who achieved their greatest fame in the late '70s and early '80s for their infections tunes.

(SOUNDBITE OF DIALING)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Welcome to Callin' Oates, your emergency Hall & Oates help line.

SIEGEL: That's right. Callin' Oates, the telephonic remedy to all your pop rock needs.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: To hear "One on One," please press one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ONE ON ONE")

NEARY: Michael Selvidge and Reid Butler are the brains behind Callin' Oates. Selvidge works at Twilio, a cloud communications start-up base in San Francisco. He says every company employee must create an app as a rite of passage. He built his to honor Hall & Oates.

MICHAEL SELVIDGE: I said what kind of Hall & Oates app could I make? And then I thought of the pun, and the rest took care of itself.

SIEGEL: So for an emergency dose of the duo's greatest hits, just call and then take your pick.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: To hear "Rich Girl," please press two.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RICH GIRL")

OATES: (Singing) You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far because you know it don't matter anyway.

SIEGEL: In a mood for "Maneater?"

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Please press three.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MANEATER")

OATES: (Singing) Oh, here she comes. Watch out, boy. She'll chew you up.

NEARY: Or maybe you set your sight on "Private Eyes." That's number four.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PRIVATE EYES")

OATES: (Singing) I see you, and you see me.

NEARY: Selvidge says in just the past 24 hours, this app has received more than 120,000 calls.

SELVIDGE: And that's one of the great lessons that's been gratifying to me, is how much people love Hall & Oates.

SIEGEL: And now, they're just a phone call away.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU MAKE MY DREAMS")

OATES: (Singing) Oh, yeah. You make my dreams come true. Ooh, you, you. Yeah, oh, yeah. You. On a night when bad dreams...

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