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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From The Whistle Stop in San Diego, CA, the guys listen to Kenny Loggins’ solo debut album in front of a live audience.

Show Notes

Introduction: (Live from the Whistle Stop Bar in San Diego!)

- Whistle Stop Cafe in “Fried Green Tomatoes”
- Live bumpers by Rob Crow
- Awesome help from DJ Claire
- It’s a live record club!



Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “Any World (That I’m Welcome To)” by Steely Dan (Amazon)

- Is Steely Dan Yacht Rock?
- Album “Gaucho” by Steely Dan (definitely Yacht Rock)
- This song is the first Dan song to feature Michael (Mike) McDonald
- Album “Katy Lied” by Steely Dan
- Jeff “Skunk” Baxter previously played with the Dan
- On the track: Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, Michael Omartian, Victor Feldman
- The video series “Yacht Rock” (featuring this song)
- McDonald as background singer is “the ultimate waste of talent”



Album “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Cover of “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins
- Loggins just left Jimmy Messina
- Buy a Beyond Yacht Rock shirt!
- Buy an “I Am Bob Seger” shirt!
- Karate the Band
- Loggins’ interview in which he talks about Yacht Rock
- Bob James and Fourplay
- David Sanborn, Brecker brothers, David Foster; “After the Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire
- The Logline


Side A, Song 1. “Lady Luck” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Easy Wickening
- Tommy Tedesco (mandolin, mandola) on this track?
- Co-written by Jeffrey Townsend (Sanford-Townsend Band)
- Nielsen-Pearson Band, Larsen-Feitan Band
- Album “Duo-Glide” by the Sanford-Townsend Band
- James’ “Taxi” theme “Angela” (Amazon)
- “Thunderball” by Tom Jones

Side A, Song 2. “If You Be Wise” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Phil Ramone is the producer of the album
- Paul McCartney used “Paul Ramon” as his pseudonym
- Mini-genre: “Dudes sing to their unborn child” (“Danny’s Song” by Loggins & Messina)
- Co-written by Jimmy Webb
- Beyond Yacht Rock rented a yacht in San Diego
- Album cover of “Full Sail” by Loggins and Messina

Side A, Song 3. “I Believe in Love” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Recorder consort (the concert on YouTube)
- “Hot Cross Buns” on recorder
- Women of Yacht (doing disco)
- Lee Ritenour on the track (worked with Bill LaBounty, Stephen Bishop)
- Albums “Rit, Vol. 1” and “Rit/2” by Lee Ritenour
- Sergio Mendes

Side A, Song 4. “Set It Free” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Trickster
- Eva Ein (Loggins’ first wife)
- Loggins being interviewed by an out of touch Jay Leno
- Pablo Cruise
- Loggins left his wife for his colon therapist
- In “Road Trip,” when Seann William Scott ends up with the sperm bank worker
- Loggins’ late-career apologies to his children
- The movie “Norbit”

Side A, Song 5. “Why Do People Lie” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- A sultry song


50 States in 50 Podcasts: California
“Luau” by Drive Like Jehu (Amazon)

Other artists from California:
- The Beach Boys
- Metallica
- Goblin Cock
- The Locust


- “Luau” has backing vocals by Rob Crow
- Album “Yank Crime” by Drive Like Jehu
- Rocket From the Crypt
- The genre emo, also post-hardcore (Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate; blink-182, Fall Out Boy)
- Album “Dude Ranch” by Blink-182 (producer Mark Trombino, who owns Donut Friend in Los Angeles)


Side B, Song 1. “Enter My Dream” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Carl Jung
- Jung’s theories on parents encoded memories being passed on through kin
- Is Winnie the Pooh a girl?

Side B, Song 2. “I’ve Got the Melody (Deep In My Heart)” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- The New York Hustle
- Patti Austin on the track
- Album “Greatest Hits Volume I & II” by Billy Joel, “Pulp Fiction” poster, Dave Matthews Band CD, Bob Marley, “COLLEGE”
- Confirmation of David’s story about his wife meeting Loggins

Side B, Song 3. “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Sub-genre: “I Swear I’m Not Having Fun”
- Blog post in which someone writes this song ruined someone’s Christmas 

Side B, Song 4. “Daddy’s Back” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Odysseus returning to Penelope (not like “The Iliad,” though)
- David Foster (of Airplay) co-wrote this after being in Skylark
- Jay “Poopin’” Graydon

Side B, Song 5. “You Don’t Know Me” by Kenny Loggins (Amazon)

- Loggins got married in the nude
- Original “You Don’t Know Me” by Eddy Arnold

Other proposed genre songs:
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins


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