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 best from the songwriter known as The Hook Doctor.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Love on a Rooftop” by Desmond Child (Amazon)

- “Love on a Rooftop” was Child’s only top-40 hit (No. 40) (also recorded by Cher)
- Desmond Child & Rouge
- “Our Love Is Insane” by Desmond Child and Rouge
- “Last of an Ancient Breed” by Desmond Child (from the movie “The Warriors”)
- “Sriracha on your scrambled eggs”; “fresh-grated Parmesan on your spaghetti bolognese”; “MSGin your soup noodles”; “grilled pineapple sliced atop your al pastor taco”
- Child is “the umami of arena rock"



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs (Amazon)

- MeUndies
- Hunter is going “commando”
- Co-written by David Foster (Foster said this was his favorite song he’s been a part of)
- Toto was the backing band on the album “Silk Degrees”
- Toto patriarch Joe Porcaro
- “The Wizard of Oz”; Cuban vagina porn
- The Dukes of September: McDonald, Fagen, Scaggs (a wild card)
- Boz Scaggs album “Down Two Then Left”
- “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs
- Boz is William Royce Scaggs
- Boz was in the Steve Miller Band
- Steve Miller album “Sailor”
- Beyond Yacht Rock is coming to San Diego!
- “From stern to bow?”


Songs of Desmond Child
Example song: “Shot Through the Heart” by Bon Jovi (Amazon)
Example song: “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi (after Child got done with it) (Amazon)

Desmond Child typically writes as a collaborator, perfecting the art of giving hard rock and metal artists better hooks and melodies. He’s the guy they call when they need some hits. And while he’s reviled by some in rock circles, Child has a long string of success. His songs tend to show the battle waged when you’re “living on the edge.”

- “Jean cream”
- Max Martin (co-wrote “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi, “Britney Spears fella”)
- “Livin’ on the Edge” by Aerosmith (not written by Child)



10. “Lovin’ You's a Dirty Job” by Ratt (Amazon)

- Ratt album “Detonator”
- David Lee Roth
- Video for “Lovin You’s a Dirty Job” by Ratt (Wikipedia explanation of the video)
- Video for “Shame Shame Shame” by Ratt
- Oxytocin
- Stephen Pearcy (his wife is a model)


9. “Hide Your Heart” by Bonnie Tyler (Amazon)

- Plot of “West Side Story”
- Guy picks up a girl on a train
- Co-written with Paul Stanley and Holly Knight
- Also recorded by KISS (from “Hot in the Shade”), Ace Frehley, Molly Hatchet, Robin Beck (from “Trouble or Nothing”)


8. “How Can We Be Lovers” by Michael Bolton (Amazon)

- Cassingles (a portmanteau)
- Co-written with Bolton and Diane Warren
- Warren’s “Reassurer” narrator
- The Stevehole (Hollywood Steve Explains): Housewife soul
- Bolton is Michael Bolotin
- Bolton has fun out there
- Dave Lyons: Bolton looks an 1890s caretaker
- “Forever” by KISS
- “Time (Is on My Side)” by Michael Bolotin


7. “Reason to Live” by KISS (Amazon)

- “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by KISS (Child co-wrote)
- “Heaven’s on Fire” by KISS (also co-written by Child)
- Stanley may have invented the “duck face”
- Video for “Reason to Live” (with 38 duck faces and mind fucks)


6. “Just Like Jesse James” by Cher (Amazon)

- Sex-Me Up
- Follow-up to “If I Can Turn Back Time”
- Cher album “Heart of Stone”
- Richie Sambora co-wrote this song (and was Cher’s boyfriend)
- Heather Locklear
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith; “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
- “The Coward” Robert Ford



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Georgia
“Texas Bound and Flyin’” by Jerry Reed (Amazon)

Other artists from Georgia
- Little Richard, James Brown, Black Crowes, the Georgia Satellites, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, REM, B-52s, Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Indigo Girls, Collective Soul, Mastodon, Sevendust, Outkast, Goodie Mob, (and all the Dungeon Family), TLC, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Usher, Kris Kros


- From the movie “Smokey and the Bandit II”
- The movie “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3”
- 71 streets with variation of “Peachtree” in title in Atlanta
- Coca-Cola
- The 1996 Olympics (Muhammad Ali’s torch lighting; J.D. is wearing boxing gloves)


5. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (Amazon)

- Ricky Martin album “Ricky Martin”
- Latin Pop Explosion: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias
- Child is part Cuban
- Post-Menudo
- Pro Tools
- Cabo Wabo


4. “Angel” by Aerosmith (Amazon)

- Aerosmith album “Permanent Vacation”
- The Stevehole (Hollywood Steve Explains): “Reviled Child”
- “Cryin’/Crazy/Amazing”
- Joe Perry
- Aerosmith is “the greatest American rock band” (or The Ramones?)


3. “I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Amazon)

- “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- Now known for being the composition behind the NBC “Sunday Night Football” theme song
- Joan Jett’s $75,000 electric-model Cadillac
- The NFL is tax-exempt (not anymore)
- A Jim Steinman/Meat Loaf-style title
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts album “Up Your Alley”
- The movie “Striptease” (starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds)
- The movie “Light of Day” (starring Jett and Michael J. Fox)


2. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (Amazon)

- Def Leppard, Ratt, Quiet Riot had hit singles by 1986
- “Jump” by Van Halen
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” is a cliched, bad karaoke song
- Better karaoke songs: “(Double Shot) of My Baby’s Love” by Swingin’ Medallions, “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys
- Album “Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi
- “Runaway” by Bon Jovi


1. “Poison” by Alice Cooper (Amazon)

- “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers
- J.D. wants to build a wall
- Alice Cooper album “Trash” (featuring Warren, Bon Jovi, Sambora, Jett)
- “Live From Daryl’s House”
- Alice Cooper’s albums “Love it to Death” and “Killer”


Other proposed genre songs:
- “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by KISS
- “Thong Song” by Sisqo (has a brief interpolation of “Livin’ La Vida Loca”)
- “Let’s Put the X in Sex” by KISS (KISS compilation album “Smashes Thrashes & Hits”)
- “I Live For the Day” by Lindsay Lohan


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