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 Allmusic.com, a former talking head for VH1, and currently the only unmarried man on this podcast.
Hunter Stair is from Flint, MI.
The guys count down an upbeat 80’s rock genre that celebrates personal freedom.
Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Who’ll Be the Fool Tonight” by Larsen/Feiten Band (Amazon)
- Neal Larsen and Harold “Buzz” Feiten
- Nielsen & Pearson (“If You Should Sail”)
- Yacht Rock loves singing about “fools”
- Album “Larsen Feiten Band” by Larsen/Feiten Band
- “Danger Zone” by Larsen/Feiten Band (“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (and Giorgio Moroder)
- The vertical line on the album cover
- Larsen is a keyboardist (with Gregg Allman, Rickie Lee Jones, George Harrison, Kenny Loggins)
- Feiten worked with Jones, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Paul Butterfield (played at Woodstock)
- “Bonanza” Yacht Rock folks
- Lenny Castro (the go-to percussionist in Yacht Rock; worked with Melissa Manchester, the Pointer Sisters, Jeff Porcaro)
- Chuck Findley (trumpeter who worked with Steely Dan)
- Larsen is best known to Leonard Cohen fans as foremost expert of Hammond B3 organ
- Feiten invented the Buzz Feiten Tuning System (YouTube)
- Album “Guitar Workshop in L.A.” with Feiten, Ted Castellucci, James Harrah, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
Camaro Summer songs are from a blue-collar perspective. I’ve worked hard all week, but now it’s time for the weekend. That means major chords, American beef (like a Camaro), and a feel-good vibe. It’s the soundtrack to your summer with a driving beat. Most Camaro Summer songs are from the 1982-85 era, which is the longest stretch ever of the Camaro outselling the Ford Mustang. Lyrically, freedom is important, and the five pillars of freedom: summer, nights, cars, weekends, rock ‘n’ roll.
- Kevin Cronin (lead singer of REO Speedwagon)
- Screwball comedy with 3, 4 nude shots (“Screwballs,” “Hardbodies,” “Spring Break,” “Blame it on Rio”)
- Kevin Cronin is cheesy
- “Gloria” by Them
- Survivor’s “Rocky” soundtrack songs
- Album “Premonition” by Survivor; songs “Summer Nights,” “Didn’t Know it Was Love,” “High on You,” “Poor Man’s Son”
- Cheap Journey ripoff
- Clubber Lang
Other artists from Pennsylvania:
- The Roots (Questlove), Boyz II Men, Delfonics, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Stylistics, the Three Degrees, MFSB, Grover Washington Jr. (moved to Philly), Daryl Hall and John Oates, Poison, Cinderella, Britny Fox
- Ween is from New Hope, Pa.
- Philadelphia (freedom, cracked Liberty Bell, ho on South Street, “Mannequin” being filmed at Wanamaker’s, Boyz II Men singing “Motown Philly,” Fairmount Park)
- Todd Rundgren (doing soul as parody of self [also from Pennsylvania])
- Ween are Gene and Dean Ween
- Album “12 Golden Country Greats” by Ween
- Album “The Mollusk” by Ween
- Movie “It’s Pat” (Ween plays “Don’t Get 2 Close 2 My Fantasy”)
- Glass armonica, invented by Ben Franklin
- Philly soul (Philadelphia International Records; Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff)
- “TSOP” by MFSB (theme to “Soul Train”)
- O’Jays and Spinners were on Phila Intl.
- “Let it Flow” by Grover Washington Jr. (dedicated to Julius Erving)
- Y&T means Yesterday & Today
- Video for “Summertime Girls” by Y&T
- Twisted Sister, David Lee Roth
- Lars Ulrich, Trey Spruance credit Y&T as major influence
- Ratt, Enuff Z’nuff
- Album “Earthshaker” by Y&T
- Album “Mean Streak” by Y&T (song “Mean Streak”)
- Santa Cruz Pier (where they shot Tim Cappello’s sax scene in “The Lost Boys”)
- Yacht Rock video series
- Hosts: JD Ryznar (Twitter), “Hollywood” Steve Huey (Twitter), David Lyons (Twitter), Hunter Stair (Twitter)
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