Beyond Yacht Rock

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


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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 count down the top 10 “Vedd Ringers.”

Show Notes

Intro song: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly (Amazon)

- Long Song Silvers
- Eddie Vedder (from San Diego)
- Mookie Blaylock (the band), which became Pearl Jam
- Album “Ten” by Pearl Jam
- “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”
- New “Simpsons” vs. Old “Simpsons”



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “I’ll Be Over You” by Toto (Amazon)

- “We know more about Yacht Rock than anybody in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area”
- Co-written by Steve Lukather and Randy Goodrum (who co-wrote “Oh Sherrie”)
- “Fat guy named Tiny”
- Rockwell
- Michael McDonald on backing vocals
- Shot on top of the SB Lofts in Los Angeles (Harold Lloyd in “Safety Last”)
- Yacht Rock: 1976-84 (prime)



I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vedder (Vedd Ringers)
Example song: “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog (Amazon)

Vedd Ringers describe songs in which the singer sounds like Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Vedder, coming of age in the early 1990s, perfected the “yarl,” which was originated in grunge by Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. The “yarl” is a tense of the tongue, a nasal howl from a sonorous baritone (The Stevehole).


How did the Vedd Ringers come to life? After “Ten” and “Nevermind” took the charts by storm, labels scoured the continent for bands with Vedd Ringers. Some of these bands (from the east coast and south) had chart hits, most of them were terrible.

- Mother Love Bone (lead singer Andrew Wood)
- Soundgarden and Pearl Jam teamed up to form Temple of the Dog
- Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
- Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
- Pearl Jam’s Ticketmaster fight


10. “Afternoons & Coffeespoons” by Crash Test Dummies (Amazon)

- Canadian Vedder
- Brad Roberts (lead singer of Crash Test Dummies) is weird looking
- “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies
- Boris Karloff


9. “Wherever You Will Go” by the Calling (Amazon)

- Wuss Vedder
- Video for “Wherever You Will Go”
- Location of video: Under the Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles (“Repo Man”)
- Alex Band (lead singer of the Calling, related to J.D.)
- Full Moon Features (“The Puppetmaster”)


8. “Morphine & Chocolate” by 4 Non Blondes (Amazon

- Lady Vedder
- “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam
- Rob Thomas, lady from Cranberries
- Linda Perry (lead singer of 4 Non Blondes)
- Steven Tyler and Joe Perry probably f’ed and had Linda Perry
- Linda Perry has written for Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Adele, Cheap Trick
- Linda Perry is married to Christina Gilbert


7. “Tomorrow” by Silverchair (Amazon)

- Aussie Vedder
- Lead singer looks like Cobain and sings like Vedder
- Mark Pellington directed the video for “Tomorrow,” which looked like “Jeremy”
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
- Bush (Gavin Rossdale)


6. “Drowning” by Hootie & the Blowfish (Amazon)

- Country Vedder
- Darius Rucker (lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish)
- Album “Cracked Rear View” by Hootie & the Blowfish (sold 16 million copies)
- Uriah Heep
- Darius Rucker is now a solo country artist, the Blowfish are still going
- Darius Rucker’s R&B phase (his song with Snoop Dogg



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Vermont
“Golgi Apparatus (Live)” by Phish (Amazon)

Other artists from:
- David Rakowski
- Doveman
- Jojo (not JoJo from K-Ci & JoJo)

- Jerry Garcia’s death
- Jimmy BuffettMargaritaville
- Phish formed at the University of Vermont
- Bernie Sanders, Ben & Jerry from Vermont (Cherry Garcia, Phish Food)



5. “Halloween” by Dave Matthews Band (Amazon)

- Jazzy Vedder
- Album “Before These Crowded Streets” by Dave Matthews Band
- Dave Matthews sounds like a Muppet
- Alanis Morissette
- Hard Organ
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson (with the Vincent Price Try-n-Rap)
- Ted Danson in blackface
- “Rats” by Pearl Jam
- Album “Vs.” by Pearl Jam
- Danzig


4. “Left” by Nickelback (Amazon)

- Confused Vedder
- Chad Kroeger (lead singer of Nickelback)
- Album “Curb” by Nickelback
- “Fly” by Nickelback
- “Curb” is a concept album about a friend’s sad story
- Roadrunner Records


3. “Cumbersome” by Seven Mary Three (Amazon)

- Number Vedder
- Named after Jon’s call number on “CHiPS”
- Crystal Pepsi
- Album “American Standard” by Seven Mary Three
- Fall Out Boy (“Simpsons” reference)
- Indie is now Banjos and Beards


2. “My Own Prison” by Creed (Amazon)

- Jesus Vedder
- Creed is from Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida State University)
- Scott Stapp (lead singer of Creed)


1. “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots (Amazon)

- Darth Vedder
- Scott Weiland (lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots)
- “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam
- Sunny 104.5 FM (DJ Jo Jo Girard in the mornings)

Other proposed genre songs:
- “Busted” by Matchbox 20
- “Shine” by Collective Soul (Mo Vedder Blues)
- “Hanging By a Moment” by Lifehouse
- “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” by Fuel (Vedder Bay Biscuits


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