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 countdown the best of this sunny subgenre of 90’s alt rap.

Show Notes

Intro song: “Flower Child” by Eddie Murphy

- ‘60s counter-cultural movement; hippies
- Reaganism
- “The Monkees” on Nickelodeon (and “Nick Rocks”)
- The Stooges (punk roots)
- Neil Young (grunge roots)
- Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson
- “Boogie in Your Butt” by Eddie Murphy



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “It’s the Falling in Love” by Michael Jackson (Amazon)

- The Doobie Brothers
- Written by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager ()“It’s the Falling in Love”) 
- Patti Austin, Steve Porcaro on this track
- “Girlfriend” by Michael Jackson (original by Paul McCartney & Wings)
- Fleetwood Mac on SiriusXM Yacht Rock
- Michael Jackson on “Yacht Rock” (DeMorge Brown)
- Toto is all over the album “Thriller”Greg Phillinganes
- Michael Jackson “is a pervert and a monster” (Jackson’s art porn books)
- Stat Tracks



Hippie Hop
Example song: “We Shall Overcome” by Pete Seeger (Amazon)
Example song: “Stand!” by Sly & the Family Stone (Amazon)

Hippie Hop has roots in the counterculture, which has roots in folk protest of the 1940s-50s and the 1960s-70s music of bands like Sly & the Family Stone and Funkadelic. Equality and collectivism are the main themes, and Hippie Hop sounds like summer, colorful and happy.

- Pete Seeger’s whole thing (there’s a park named after him; he also cleaned up a river)
- Ayn Rand (not a fan of the idealism/progressivism thing)
- Hippies derided in the 1980s; Ronald Reagan on hippies
- Beatniks (originators of hip)
- Woodstock ‘94 (peak of Hippie Hop) [YouTube]



10. “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite (Amazon)

- Try-n-Rap
- On the track: Bootsy Collins, Q-Tip
- Deee Lite got more political later on
- Jay Leno
- Lady Miss Kier, DJ Dmitry, Towa Tei
- Mikhail Gorbachev; perestroika and glasnost
- “Bring Down the Birds” by Herbie Hancock
- “Get Up” by Vernon Burch
- Orleans and Jackyl (invited to Woodstock ‘94)


9. “Jimmi Diggin’ Cats” by Digable Planets (Amazon)

- “Jimmy” is urban slang for “weiner”
- Gangsta rap deciminated alternative rap
- Album “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre
- Digable Planets won a Grammy in 1994
- “Summertime Madness” by Kool and the Gang
- Isaac Hayes, MC Hammer


8. “Bodhisattva Vow” by Beastie Boys (Amazon)

- Album “Ill Communication” by Beastie Boys
- Larry Bird
- Tibetan freedom concerts


7. “The Way We Swing” by the Digital Underground (Amazon)

- “Who Knows” by Jimi Hendrix
- Album “Band of Gypsies” by Jimi Hendrix
- Soundtrack for the film “Judgment Night”
- Haight-Ashbury (birthplace of the Black Panthers)
- The Weather UndergroundKen Kesey
- Tupac Shakur was in the Digital Underground, as were Shock-G and Humpty Hump (Wavy Gravy)
- Movie “Nothing But Trouble”Album “Sex Packets” by the Digital Underground
- Timothy Leary, Ram Dass


6. “Soul Flower” by the Pharcyde [Brand New Heavies remix] (Amazon)

- Album “Soul Flower” by En Vogue
- Cacophony Society
- “Passin Me By” by the Pharcyde
- Album “Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde” by the Pharcyde



50 States in 50 Podcasts: South Carolina
“Ramblin’” by the Marshall Tucker Band (Amazon)

Other artists from South Carolina:
- Hootie & the Blowfish
- Dizzy Gillespie
- James Brown

- Super-racist South Carolina; started the Civil War
- Shrimp and grits, low country boil, hoppin’ John
- Spartanburg, S.C. (its KKK chapters)
- The story of the real Marshall Tucker (YouTube video of a Marshall Tucker)
- The story of the real Leonard Skinner
- Lots of songs about “ramblin’” in the 1970s
- “Hickory Wind” by the Byrds (Gram Parsons)
- “Carolina on My Mind” by James Taylor



5. “Mistadobalina” by Del the Funky Homosapien (Amazon)

- The Lynch Mob
- Ice Cube (his cousin)
- Album “I Wish My Brother George Was Here” by Del the Funky Homosapien
- “An L7 square”
- The sample: “Zilch” by the Monkees (the story of it)
- Album “Headquarters” by the Monkees
- The Monkees were really, really good sometimes


4. “Ham ‘N’ Eggs” by A Tribe Called Quest (Amazon)

- The Lemmy joke
- Album “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Path of Rhythm” by A Tribe Called Quest
- Eggs are “cost conscious nutritional powerhouses”
- Filipino balut
- Earth Day
- RIP Phife Dawg (RIP Joe Walsh)
- RIP Abe Vigoda
- Tribe: Q-Tip, Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad
- Native Tongues (Afrika Bambaataa, Zulu Nation)


3. “Mr. Wendal” by Arrested Development (Amazon)

- Speech and Headliner (main members)
- Movie “Easy Rider”
- Album “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of” by Arrested Development
- The Hustler Store, Rough Trade
- Wesley Willis


2. “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn (Amazon)

- This song went to No. 1!
- Christina Applegate (reference to “Bonita Applebum” by A Tribe Called Quest)
- RIP Prince Be (RIP Prince)
- Samples and interpolations of “True” by Spandau Ballet, “Ashley’s Roach Clip” by Soul Searchers, “Take Me to the Mardi Gras” by Bob James
- PM Dawn is DJ Minutemix and Prince Be Nocturnal
- The “Paid in Full” beat (Milli Vanilli)
- “Funky Drummer” by James Brown


1. “Me, Myself and I” by De La Soul (Amazon)

- Album “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul (samples of Steely Dan, Hall & Oates)
- Arsenio Hall (his long fingers)
- Daisy Age (DA Inner Sound Ya’ll)
- “Not Just Knee Deep” by Funkadelic
- Album “De La Soul is Dead” by De La Soul
- Album “Straight Outta Compton” by NWA
- Randee of the Redwoods (Jim Turner)


Other proposed genre “songs”:
- Terence Trent D’Arby
- “Datskat” by The Roots
- Shabazz Palaces
- Deltron 3030


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