Beyond Yacht Rock

The guys who made the internet show Yacht Rock talk about music other than Yacht Rock.


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The Host

JD Ryznar is a Hollywood writer. He knows very little about music, but enjoys imagining elaborate scenarios inspired by popular songs.

David B Lyons is a Hollywood Location Manager. He knows a little about music, but feels the need to compartmentalize genres, then rank them.

Hollywood Steve Huey is a former staff writer for, a former talking head for VH1, and currently the only unmarried man on this podcast.

Hunter Stair is from Flint, MI.


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The guys take you through the top ten of what they describe as Sultry Hits.

Show Notes

Intro Music: “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald - the theme to “Yacht Rock” (Music Video)
Your hosts: JD Ryznar, “Hollywood” Steve Huey, David Lyons, Hunter Stair.

They were the creators of and principal players in the famous internet video series “Yacht Rock”.

This explains “Yacht Rock” and the arbitrary genre it spawned.



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” by Airplay (Amazon)
Live Performance (1994)

Airplay is David Foster and Jay Graydon
- Airplay wrote “After the Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire (Amazon), “the definitive Yacht Soul song” (Huey)
- Airplay’s version of “After the Love Has Gone” (Amazon)
Toto is “the glue that holds Yacht Rock together” (Stair)
- Foster is stepfather to Brody Jenner and Brandon Jenner (Linda Thompson’s sons with Bruce, now Caitlyn, Jenner). Foster’s biological children include Sara Michael Foster and Erin Foster. He later married Yolanda Hadid, and his stepchildren with her are Bella Hadid and Jelena “Gigi” Hadid.



Sultry Hits
Example: “You Belong to the City” by Glenn Frey (Amazon)
The Stevehole (or Hollywood Steve Explains): “gated snare” (YouTube example)

“The theme of the music is generally bathed in guilt or teasing. Where R&B is unapologetically sexy and direct, (Sultry Hits) is like shamed white guys.” (Ryznar) Sultry Hits typically include references to the “street,” “night,” “city,” “heat” or “sweat.” The saxophone is the definitive instrument of Sultry Hits. Sultry Hits songs doesn’t necessarily equal sexy or pretty. Videos - shot in film noir style - may have fog that emanate from manhole covers.




10. “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles (Amazon)
(Music Video)

Jimmie Rodgers - early country music star
Elvis Presley
“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
“There was no controversy whatsoever” about Elvis’ sexuality, jokes Hollywood Steve
“Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones - a song about having sex with black women
“Black Rose” by Waylon Jennings - a song about having sex with black women
Black velvet paintings of Elvis
Paintings of naked black ladies in the ‘70s (NSFW)
The Band - Canadian band who sang about American history


9. “I Still Believe” by Tim Cappello (Amazon)

- The Stevehole (or Hollywood Steve Explains): “flutter tonguing” (YouTube example)
How to “trill” on a saxophone
- Originally written by The Call (The Call version)


8. “Big Love” by Fleetwood Mac (Amazon)

Its $500,000 video
- Sassy arpeggio (“a sexual guitar wink”) as heard in “Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham prowling the streets for sex
They’re not a good looking band; Lindsey is prettiest of all
Lindsey Buckingham’s “Vacation” work
- A better video: “You Might Think” by The Cars


7. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

“Danger Zone” music video
- Homoerotic movies of the 1980s: “Top Gun” and “The Lost Boys”
- Hollywood Steve’s familiar rant about fighter jets as penises is similar to a George Carlin bit.


6. “Talking Back to the Night” by Steve Winwood (Amazon)

Part of Michelob’s 1980s “The Night Belongs to Michelob” ad campaign
- Also featuring Winwood’s “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do”, Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”
JD’s “The Night Belongs to Michelob” playlist
- “Valerie” by Steve Winwood (1982 version; 1987 version)
Prostitutes in Waikiki
Chris Rock routine about clear heels



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Michigan
Song: “Ramblin’ Rose” by MC5 (Amazon)

Michigan artists include:
Bob Seger (“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” featuring Glenn Frey on background vocals)
Ted Nugent (“Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”)
The White Stripes
Del Shannon
Glenn Frey
El DeBarge
The Stooges (Iggy Pop)
? and the MysteriansGrand Funk RailroadCrucifucks


5. “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (Amazon)

The 2 Live Crew
The Misfits are known for skulls
Bruce Springsteen’s dump face
John Elway’s dump face
“I’m on Fire” at 45 RPM (sounds like Dolly Parton)


4. “One of the Living” by Tina Turner (Amazon)
(Music Video)

- From “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”; here’s its trailer
Gen. George S. Patton
Emperor Gengis Khan
- Tim Cappello returns (here he’s spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” by Jon Hamm)
- The Stevehole (or Hollywood Steve Explains): Throat growl in Altissimo range (YouTube example)


3. “Need You Tonight” by INXS (Amazon)

“Devil Inside” by INXS
- Michael Hutchence’s death by rumored erotic asphyxiation
- Hollywood Steve mentions root chakra


2. “Tonight Tonight Tonight” by Genesis (Amazon)

“Tonight Tonight Tonight” in “The Night Belongs to Michelob” ad campaign
Phil Collins may have a dark side
Phil Collins as Uncle Ernie in “Tommy (Live)”
Videos with puppets (“Land of Confusion” by Genesis)
“Shock the Monkey” by Peter Gabriel


1. “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins (Amazon)
(Music Video)

Sophie B. Hawkins is an “omnisexual”
“Ally McBeal”; here’s Sting and Robert Downey Jr. singing “Every Breath You Take” together in the most “Ally McBeal” music moment ever
“Beverly Hills 90210”
- Raspy-voiced sultry female singers Alannah Myles or Bonnie Tyler


Other proposed genre songs:
“Feel the Heat” by Jean Beauvier from the film “Cobra”
Sultry Sylvester Stallone as Marion Cobretti in “Cobra”
- And here’s a clip from “Cobra”
“Some Like it Hot” by The Power Station
“Alone” by Heart
“What About Love” by Heart
“Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx
“I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper


Preview for Episode 2: “Try-N-Raps”
The Fruity Pebbles rap