Callin’ Oates, Bob Dialin’, and Phil Call-Ins: Easing Your Day With One Easy Phone Call

Last year, two cool dudes named Michael Selvidge and Reid Butler created what is possibly the best invention in the history of humans: a phone number you can call to hear songs by Hall & Oates. Using Twilio, the Callin’ Oates helpline went viral and soothed the ears of many who were having rough days, stressful nights, or just needed a quick sonic reminder that Hall & Oates could make any dire situation a little less upsetting. Today, on the one-year anniversary of Callin’ Oates, Twilio announces new songs on the Callin’ Oates helpline, as well as four new ways to ease your weary soul with the sounds of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Chicago, and Phil Collins.

From Twilio’s website

New: Bob Dialin’ (Bob Dylan Helpline) – +1 (615) DYLAN – 26
Did you forget how if feels to be on your own, with no direction home? Do you need shelter from the Bob Dylan-less storm? Don’t think twice, call Bob Dialin’ to hear your favorite Bob Dylan tunes.
Press #1 for “Like A Rolling Stone”
Press #2 for “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”
Press #3 for “Shelter From The Storm”
Press #4 for “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”

New: Diamond Rings (Neil Diamond Helpline) – +1 (424) 543 – NEIL
Hankering for some Neil? Play it now, play it now, play it now my baby… Here’s what Diamond Rings has to offer.
Press #1 for “Cracklin’ Rosie”
Press #2 for “Sweet Caroline”
Press #3 for “Crunchy Granola Suite”
Press #4 for “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”

New: Phil Call-ins (Phil Collins Helpline) – +1 (424) 888 – PHIL
Whether you need to hear that iconic drum fill on “In The Air Tonight” in a pinch, or just figure out what exactly Phil Collins is saying on “Sussudio,” you can count on Phil Call-ins.
Press #1 for “Easy Lover”
Press #2 for “Against All Odds”
Press #3 for “In The Air Tonight”
Press #4 for “Sussudio”

New: If You Ring Me Now (Chicago Helpline) – +1 (34724) 25 (or) 624
Saving If You Ring Me Now in your contacts is almost as good as having Peter Cetera’s cell number. Just give it a call to hear your favorite Chicago songs.
Press #1 for “25 or 6 to 4”
Press #2 for “Saturday In The Park”
Press #3 for “Old Days”
Press #4 for “Baby, What A Big Surprise”

Updated: Callin’ Oates (Hall and Oates Helpline) – (719)-26-OATES
Dial in to the hotline that started the whole viral sensation and let Hall & Oates take you away to a ‘70s to early ‘80s dreamland. With all new classics and even a B-side or two.
Press #1 for “When The Morning Comes”
Press #2 for “You Make My Dreams”
Press #3 for “Everytime You Go Away”
Press #4 for “Say It Isn’t So”
Press #5 for “Had I Known You Better Then”
Press #6 for “Adult Education”
Press #7 for “Out Of Touch”
Press #8 for “Go Solo”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be hitting redial on that Chicago helpline for the rest of the day.

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Dial the Callin’ Oates Hotline for Your Hall & Oates Needs

This is really, really silly, but in a cheerful way: if you call 719-266-2837 (local rates apply), a British voice will welcome you to the Callin’ Oates Hotline. You’ll be prompted to choose from four Hall & Oates songs: "One on One," "Rich Girl," "Maneater" and "Private Eyes." Your selection will prompt a tinny mp3 which will play all the way through, in case you’ve been feeling a little bit glum today. It’s the best single-serving idea I’ve heard all week.

How did the gloriously punny concept come about? The Verge has the full story of hotline creator Michael Selvidge, an communications manager at Twilio, the cloud communications company which requires all new employees to build an app. Wracking his brain for an idea that would work, he thought, "‘If only there was a pun that would work with this…’ Then ‘Callin’ Oates’ hit me, and that cinched it."

The custom phone number cost only $1 per month to register, and it was on from there. Listeners responded in kind; according to the Callin’ Oates Twitter feed, they racked up more than 250,000 calls in less than two days of being online. It’s a perfect gag for a friend who’s feeling down; dial the number, hand over the phone, and watch the smiles fly. If it doesn’t work, your friend is probably the Grinch. Below, watch the seminal video for "Private Eyes."