Show Notes - BYR 41: Snake Charmers

Show Notes - BYR 41: Snake Charmers


Intro songs: “Help the Children” by MC Hammer and “Pumps and a Bump” by MC Hammer

- Bespectacled, non-threatening black mates:
Speech from “Arrested Development,” Dwayne Wayne, PM Dawn fat guy (Prince Be, RIP), Urkel
- MC Hammer was all about the Oakland Athletics
- Album “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” by MC Hammer
- Gangsta rap changed MC Hammer into “Hammer”
- Video for “Pumps and a Bump” by MC Hammer


Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “I’m Happy That Love Has Found You” by Jimmy Hall

Album “Touch You” by Jimmy Hall
- Hall was in Wet Willie (“Keep on Smilin’”)
- Southern Yacht folks:
Troy Seals, Dave Loggins, Steve Cropper
- It has the Doobie Bounce
- Producer of the album: Norbert Putnam (producer for Jimmy Buffett ...)


Snake Charmers

Example song: “Charm the Snake” by Christopher Cross (Amazon)

When an established artist takes a departure from its trademark sound to keep up with the times in a desperate attempt at maintaining or regaining relevance, that artist is “charming the snake.” Sometimes the artist calls back to its trademark sound in the snake-charming song.

- Relevance!
The theme of “Yacht Rock”
- The Fonz “jumping the shark”
- Bob Dylan changing with the times
- David Bowie trained snakes, setting them out into the wild
- When recording “Charm the Snake,” Christopher Cross was trying to become a race car driver
- Video for “Charm the Snake”

10. “As Time Goes By” by Rod Stewart feat. Queen Latifah (Amazon)

- Crooning
was popular in the early 2000s
- Album “The Great American Songbook” by Rod Stewart. Here’s “Part II” and “Part III.” He’s done five albums.
Frank Sinatra’s late-period duets albums (a clip of the recording sessions)
Stewart had thyroid cancer
- Album “The Dana Owens Album” by Queen Latifah
- Michael McDonald’s Motown garbage

9. “Paparazzi” by Jethro Tull (Amazon)

- Jethro Tull
mastermind Ian Anderson
- “Peter and the Wolf”
- “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull
- Jethro Tull: 60 million albums sold
- Album “Under Wraps” by Jethro Tull (the “Trump/Pence” album art)
Album “Crest of a Knave” by Jethro Tull (which won that Grammy)
Album “J-Tull Dot Com” (another terrible snake charmer)

8. “Fahrenheit” by Toto (Amazon)

- Just four years removed from the landmark
“Toto IV” and “Thriller”
- Album “Fahrenheit” by Toto
- Toto went from Bobby Kimball to Joseph Williams (son of composer John Williams)
“I’ll Be Over You” by Toto (certified Yacht Rock)
Songs written to be featured on “Miami Vice”
- “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

7. “Hang” by the Four Tops (Amazon)

- Dave Lyons’
Buckner & Garcia reference
- Sounds like
“Billie Jean”
- Jive talkin’ guys in “Airplane!”
- Great songs by the Four Tops
- Album “Back Where I Belong” by the Four Tops
- Michael Jackson making Motown cool again
- “Loco in Acapulco” by the Four Tops

6. “Action Man” by the Village People (Amazon)

Find the homosexual subtext in the Village People’s songs
- Album “Renaissance” by the Village People
- New singer: Ray Simpson (the only straight guy in the group)
Movie “Can’t Stop the Music” (starring Steve Guttenberg)
- The Village People
looked like “sexy mimes” for this album


50 States in 50 Podcasts: Ohio

“Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen (Amazon)

Other artists from Ohio:
Guided By Voices
- Devo
- Chrissie Hynde
- The Cramps
- Frankie Yankovic
- Dean Martin
- The Black Keys
- Buckner & Garcia!
- Nine Inch Nails
- Marilyn Manson
- Pere Ubu
- Catfish Collins
- Steve Hauschildt
- Rob Fetters
- Skeets Herfurt

On the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack
- Ohio has dumb, spread-out cities
- Sandusky has good roller coasters
- Carmen was lead singer of the Raspberries, a great power pop band
- Alan Freed coined “rock ‘n’ roll” in Cleveland
- “Hustler” is from Ohio; Jerry Springer was mayor of Cincinnati


The PlugHole
Chuck Tomlinson (co-host of “Crap From the Past”, Cosmic Slop)
Watch “Norbit” for the locations
- Watch “Chasing Cameron” (which is going to be awful … or good)

5. “High Civilization” by Bee Gees (Amazon)

- This isn’t
“The Look” by Roxette
- Album “High Civilization” by Bee Gees
- Bee Gees should be making us dance
- “One” by Bee Gees (their final U.S. top-10 hit, 1989)
Wrote “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
- “Backtafunk” by Bee Gees

4. “War Games” by Crosby, Stills & Nash (Amazon)

- Wrote peaceful songs about
teaching your children and having two kids and a yard
- Written for the movie “WarGames”
- Video for “War Games”
- On the drums: Jeff Porcaro!
- The movie “Prometheus”

3. “Stand Up for Love” by Neil Diamond

Album “Headed For the Future” by Neil Diamond; the album cover art
- On the track: Steve Lukather, Greg Phillinganes, Maurice White
- “Hell Yeah” by Neil Diamond

2. “Portable Radio” by Daryl Hall & John Oates (Amazon)

- As heard on
“Yacht Rock” episode two
- Album “X-Static,” produced by David Foster and featuring Jay Graydon
- People getting ready for a change in the decades (“Ready For the Eighties” by the Village People)
- Great songs on “X-Static”:
“Wait For Me” and “Who Said the World Was Fair” by Hall & Oates
- Also on “X-Static”:
“Bebop Drop,” “Intravino”

1. “Keepin’ the Summer Alive” by the Beach Boys (Amazon)

- Written by
Carl Wilson and Randy Bachman
- Guitar solo by Joe Walsh
- Mike Love (uuuuuuggggggh)
“Smart Girls” by Brian Wilson
- “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys (a successful snake charm)

Other proposed genre songs:
“Roll ‘Em Up” by Vanilla Ice
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll Over You” by the Moody Blues


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Yacht Rock on Twitter; Yacht Rock on Facebook; Beyond Yacht Rock on iTunes; Yacht Rock website
Archivist: Tim Malcolm (Twitter: @timothymalcolm)

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