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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A countdown of the best Italian horror soundtrack songs.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Suspiria” by Goblin (Amazon)

- Bewitching flaxen-hair scribe
- The dark arts
- Ladles full of marinara
- Hollywood Steve wearing purple this week



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Rosanna” by Toto (Amazon)

- From Toto’s “IV” album

Fun Facts from Yacht Rock Episode Four: “Rosanna”
- Steve Agee (Steve Porcaro) improvised all the swears
- “Ready 4 the Eighties” by the Village People
- John Anderle’s dad David won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
- “From the Bottle to the Bottom” by Kris Kristofferson
- Ryan Ridley (Harold Ramis) interviewed Steve Porcaro
- Bonus: Hunter meets Steve Porcaro


Giallo Shots
Example song: “Zarathustra” by Museo Rosenbach (Amazon)

- Italian progressive rock
- Axis powers
Mean Girl fascists
- Ice skating routine music


Italian progressive rock (or Proghetti) came out of England, Germany and Italy. It’s also called “rock progressivo Italiano.” Giallo is a genre of horror films of the 1970s and ‘80s. The name came from the word “giallo,” meaning yellow, the color of the old pulp fiction novel pages and covers from which these films were adapted. Giallo Shots are songs from the films, and the music is a subset of Proghetti.

Giallo Shots are somber, baroque songs, mostly instrumentals, with heavy synthesizer and keyboards. If there are vocals, they’re large choral vocal washes.


10. “Holocaust 2000” by Ennio Morricone (Amazon)

- Morricone won an Oscar this year
- Spaghetti westerns
- Dario Argento
- “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” (Watch)
- “The Omen”
- Quentin Tarantino's speech for Morricone at the Golden Globes
- Score of “The Omen”
- Oboe as heard in the Carpenters’ music
- “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (Morricone’s score)
- Bruce Botnick


9. “Too Risky a Day For a Regatta” by Stelvio Cipriani (Amazon)

- From the movie “Tentacles”
- Skinemax
- “Emanuelle” movies
- Squid is too chewy
- Henry Fonda
- John Huston
- Shelley Winters


8. “Rosso Sangue” by Carlo Maria Cordio

- From the movie “Absurd” directed by Joe D’Amato
- D’Amato directed “Emanuelle” ripoffs
- Cordio plays the Hammond organ
- Cordio is in a band called Hammond Red Jam
- “Absurd” inspired German black metal band called Absurd


7. “Aquarius Theme” by Simon Boswell 

- From the movie “Stage Fright: Aquarius”
- Fluttertonguing (Sultry Hits)
- “Staying Alive”
- “Psycho”
- The SteveHole (Hollywood Steve Explains): Downtown New York experimental music scene of the 1980s (Bill Laswell; John Zorn; John Lurie)
- Mr. Bungle (and side projects Secret Chiefs 3, the Traditionalists)


6. “Demon” by Claudio Simonetti (Amazon)

 - From the movie “Demoni”
 - “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
 - Italo Disco (Discotto)
 - Herbie Hancock
 - The SteveHole (Hollywood Steve Explains): Early Detroit techno
 - On the soundtrack: Motley Crue, Rick Springfield, Billy Idol, Saxon, Accept, Go West



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Rhode Island
Song: “Dio” by Throwing Muses (Amazon)

- Origin of Rhode Island’s name 
- “Feed the Tree” by Belly
- Bob Mould contributed vocals to “Dio”
- Mould wrote “Dog on Fire,” the theme to “The Daily Show”



5. “Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme)” by Riz Ortolani (Amazon)

- From the movie “Cannibal Holocaust”
- The video nasty
- Found footage movies
- “The Blair Witch Project”
- “The Last Broadcast”
- “Mondo Cane” (watch)
- Mike Patton album “Mondo Cane”


4. “Zombi” by Fabio Frizzi

- From the movie “Zombi 2”
- “Dawn of the Dead”
- “Troll 2” (and “Troll”)
- (Fabio Frizzi note)
- “It’s a gooda show!”


3. “Mater Tenebrarum” by Keith Emerson and Godfrey Salmon (Amazon)

- From the movie “Inferno”
Jerry Goldsmith
- Remember, listen to Hard Organ
- Sequel to “Suspiria”


2. “The Shock” by Libra (Amazon)

- From the movie “Shock”
- Libra was composed of members of Goblin


1. “Profondo Rosso” by Goblin (Amazon)

- From the movie “Deep Red”
- Goblin Cock
- Giorgio Gaslini


Other proposed genre songs: No.

Other Proghetti bands:
- Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
- Premiata Forneria Marconi
- Balletto di Bronzo
- Quella Vecchia Locanda


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