Beyond Yacht Rock

The guys who made the internet show Yacht Rock talk about music other than Yacht Rock.


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The Host

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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Dave takes the guys on a musical journey through his visit to Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar using a genre of mediocre, overly flavored music.

Show Notes

Intro song: Theme to “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (best quality, even if it’s a remake)

- Manhattan
- Times Square
- Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill, Jekyll & Hyde’s Restaurant and Bar
- Guy’s American Bar and Kitchen (review) (The Menu)



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Promises, Promises” by Lee Ritenour (Amazon)

- The Logline
- Album “Rit/2” by Lee Ritenour
- Album “Rit, Vol. 1” by Lee Ritenour
- Ritenour's nickname: “Captain Fingers”
- The Mamas and the Papas
- Guitar Magazine
- Played with Michael Omartian, Carole Bayer Sager, Victor Feldman, Bill LaBounty
- “Brandy” by Looking Glass (important)
- “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” by Airplay
- Co-written with Bill Champlin and Eric Tagg
- “Promises, Promises” by Eric Tagg
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine on Yacht Rock



Example song: “Urgent” by Foreigner (Amazon)

“Guyarrhea” is music inspired by the food and lifestyle of Guy Fieri, the television chef who gorges on fattening, butt-tastic and manly meals. The music is bro-friendly, rock-heavy - a combination of bland and banal.

- Tony Zaret (friend of the podcast) (proof he was there)
- The Ed Hardy District
- Flavortown
- Eggs “are nutritional powerhouses”
- Guy Fieri’s son’s name is Hunter
- Ladies jeans autographed by Kelly Hansen, the recent Foreigner lead vocalist



10. “Rock and a Hard Place” by the Rolling Stones (Amazon)

- Album “Steel Wheels” by the Rolling Stones
- “Mixed Emotions” by the Rolling Stones
- Bill Wyman’s very young wife
- The Stones’ last top-40 hit
- Dennis Miller
- James Brown call to action
- Electric Six


9. “Mas Tequila” by Sammy Hagar (Amazon)

- Sammy’s Red Rockin’ Mojito (now the Crazy Hagar)
- “Livin La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (Desmond Child)
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll Part II” by Gary Glitter
- Tim Kaine
- Album “Red Voodoo” by Sammy Hagar
- “Your Filthy Little Mouth” by David Lee Roth
- “Cabo Wabo” by Van Hagar


8. “Smooth” by Santana feat. Rob Thomas (Amazon)

- No. 1 for 13 weeks. Thirteen. Weeks.
- Rob Thomas “yarls so hard”
- Alanis Morissette


7. “Sugar Magnolia” by the Grateful Dead (Amazon)

- Guytalian Nachos
- Jam band fans
- Steve’s Styx / REO Speedwagon miracle
- Wallpaper in the bathrooms of Guy’s American


6. “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf (Amazon)

- Parents’ videos of babies wearing sunglasses
- “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
- Guy Fieri’s convertible



50 States in 50 Podcasts: Nevada
“Mad About You” by Slaughter (Amazon)

Other artists from Nevada:
- The Killers
- Panic at the Disco
- Imagine Dragons
- Ne-Yo
- The Crystal Method
- Jenny Lewis

- Guy’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar
- Blas Elias’ drum kit (video)
- Bobby Rock (later drummer)
- Poochie
- Guy’s Donkey Sauce



5. “Livin’ to Rock” by Sophistafunk (Amazon)

- Sophistafunk is Guy’s favorite band
- “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts
- The Verve Pipe
- Sophistafunk converted its van to vegetable oil
- Fieri has been accused of racism
- George Clooney/Brad Pitt caper
- Shirts with flames on them


4. “All Star” by Smash Mouth (Amazon)

- Del is Bear Grylls’ producing partner
- Employee training videos
- Smash Mouth: Recipes From the Road: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Cookbook”


3. “Hard Out Here For a Pimp” by Three 6 Mafia (Amazon)

- Autographed plate by Three 6 Mafia
- Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock
- “Hustle & Flow,” starring Terrence Howard
- Craig Brewer (“Black Snake Moan,” “Footloose” remake)
- Three 6 Mafia winning an Oscar (the other nominees)


2. “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock (Amazon)

- Boomer Esiason
- The Misfits, Thin Lizzy
- Mash-up of “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Michigan “is the Mississippi of the north”


1. “Margaritaville” by Sammy Hagar and Toby Keith (Amazon)

- The other version of “Margaritaville,” by Jimmy Buffett
- Trifecta of Feculence
- Cabo Cantina
- Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill (in select airports)
- Hagar is apolitical (but has opinions), Buffett is pro-Obama (Buffett’s fans don’t like it)
- Guy Fieri’s Kulinary Krew (Gorilla, Kleetus, Dirty P, Johnny Shizzleshanks, Angel, 9 1/2, Pintaur, Mustard, Possum)


Other proposed genre songs:
- Chickenfoot (a stupergroup)
- “Casanova” by Eric Lindell


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