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 pay tribute to the Purple One by discussing the best songs Prince wrote for other artists.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Black Sweat” by Prince

- Opioid painkiller prescriptions and deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999
- Prince Rogers Nelson (died April 21, 2016)
- RIP Joe Walsh
- David Bowie also died in 2016 (album “Black Star” by David Bowie)
- Prince was a one-man band and athlete
- Skinny androgynous weirdos can have sex with busloads of women
- Hunter is the only one wearing purple
- “10 songs you never knew were written by Prince” listicles



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “You’re My Love” by Kenny Rogers (Amazon)

- Late-era Yacht Rock (1986)
- Album “What About Me” by Kenny Rogers (1984, produced by David Foster)
- Album “They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To” (1986, produced by Jay “Poopin’” Graydon)
- Also on the album: Steve Lukather, Carole Bayer Sager, El DeBarge, Michael Bolton
- Song is written by “Joey Coco”
- Other Prince nom de plumes: Jamie Starr, Tora Tora, Christopher Tracy, Alexander Nevermind
- Album “Eyes That See In the Dark” by Kenny Rogers (1983, written by the Bee Gees)
- Beyond Yacht Rock is coming to San Diego! (July 23)



The Songwriter Formerly Known as Prince
Example song: “Purple Rain” by Prince (Amazon)
Example song: “Round and Round” by Tevin Campbell (Amazon)

Prince songs are either loaded with symbolism or incredibly simple (literary or literal). His music can go anywhere, and his performances are astounding. For the most part Prince will be simple with his songwriting, but when he goes literary, he uses relatable imagery and vivid colors.

- Prince was amazing in concert
- Minnesota Vikings haven’t won a Super Bowl
- Purple Reign (Prince tribute band)
- Lemmy died in 2015 (later shows were sad)



10. “Neon Telephone” by Three O’Clock (Amazon)

- Record label Paisley Park
- Demo of “Neon Telephone” by Prince
- Prince uses one adjective to turn ordinary things into cool subjects
- The Paisley Underground
- Album “Around the World in a Day” by Prince
- Early The Three O’Clock albums (The Sweet, The Pink Floyd, The Cream)
- Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, Green on Red, the Pandoras, the Bangles
- The Three O’Clock reunited at Coachella 2013


9. “The Sex of It” by Kid Creole and the Coconuts (Amazon)

- The movie “Breakin’” (“Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”)
- Kid Creole was born Thomas August Darnell Browder; he was born … in … August!
- Cab Calloway
- The movie “Against All Odds”
- Cocoanut Grove (The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles)
- Hit No. 31 … in the Netherlands


8. “Baby Go-Go” by Nona Hendryx (Amazon)

- Nona Hendryx is a cousin to Jimi Hendrix
- Hendryx was in the band LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle)
- “U Got the Look” by Prince (album “Sign O’ the Times” by Prince)
- Video for “Baby Gogo” (backup band is a “black INXS”)
- Paul Stanley face
- Laurie Anderson (the downtown New York scene)
- Hendryx’s “musical tutu”
- Hit No. 60 … on the R&B charts


7. “Why Should I Love You?” by Kate Bush (Amazon)

- Album “The Red Shoes” by Kate Bush
- The Postal Service
- Tori Amos (wry redhead at the piano, woman made of Jell-O trying to stand upright)
- Velvet Elvis paintings


6. “U” by Paula Abdul (Amazon)

- Album “Spellbound” by Paula Abdul
- “U” by Prince
- “Thieves in the Temple” and “7” by Prince
- Song is a Sex-Me-Up
- C+C Music Factory
- MC Skat Kat (“Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul [video])
- Neve Campbell tried to play a dirty, bad girl in “Wild Things”
- Denise Richards playing a scientist in “The World is Not Enough”
- Deniece Williams is a Yacht Rocker



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Minnesota
“777-9311” by the Time (Amazon)

Other artists from Minnesota:
- The Replacements
- Husker Du
- Semisonic


- The phone number now belongs to United States Business Forms in Minnesota
- Dr. Fink of the Revolution
- Dez Dickerson
- The Minneapolis Sound
- The Time never changes (kept the Minneapolis Sound)
- The movie “Purple Rain”
- Tyler Durde


5. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton (Amazon)

- Song is a Rock Ban
- Umami
- This song hit No. 9!
- “Balls to the Wall” by Accept
- “Morning Train” by Sheena Easton
- Super Bowl XVIII


4. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor (Amazon)

- Sinead O’Connor changed the lyric from “13 days” to “15 days”
- Originally written for The Family (former Time members)
- “Nothing Compares 2 U” by the Family (Album “The Family”)
- O’Connor’s manager Fachtna O’Kelly
- Prince and O’Connor got in a fight
- Album “The Hits 1” by Prince
- This hit No. 1!
- What was the No. 1 song of 1990? This … or “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips (Wilsons Phillip)


3. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan (Amazon)

- “I Feel For You” by Prince
- Stevie Wonder on harmonica
- This hit No. 3! … and won Prince a songwriting Grammy
- “L.m.l.y.p.” by Ween
- Melle Mel is the rapper on the song
- Part of the High-NRG genre (stemming from Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”)
- Video for “I Feel For You”


2. “Manic Monday” by the Bangles (Amazon)

- Sounds like “1999” by Prince
- Bryan Adams rhyme scheme
- The movie “Under the Cherry Moon” (not “China Beach”)
- Susanna Hoffs is unbelievably hot
- “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles
- “Hazy Shade of Winter” by the Bangles (and by Simon & Garfunkel)
- The movie “The Allnighter”


1. “Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (Amazon)

- Prince called out his nom de plume Jamie Starr in “DMSR”
- “Controversy” by Prince
- The Hookers
- Denise Matthews became part of the Hookers, then Vanity
- Vanity 6 (everyone has two boobs)
- Patty Kotero (Apollonia)
- Apollonia 6 (“Manic Monday” by Apollonia 6)
- Sheila Escovedo (her father is Pete Escovedo; her godfather is Tito Puente)
- One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” sounds just like “The Glamorous Life”
- Sheila E.’s tribute to Prince at the 2016 BET Awards


Other proposed genre songs:
- “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks (copy of “Little Red Corvette” featuring Prince)
- “Nasty Girl” by the Vanity 6
- “Love … Thy Will Be Done” by Martika
- “Fun” by Carmen Electra (“Bigger Dick” by Carmen Electra)
- “When You Were Mine” by Cyndi Lauper


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