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Aids

Aids

When musicians unite to sing a song for a social or political cause, the song is in the Aids genre.

Show Notes by Tim Malcolm (@Timothymalcolm)

Intro song: “Something to Believe In” by the Ramones (Amazon)

References:
- The Concert for Bangladesh
- No-Nukes concerts
- Michael McDonald was not invited to “We Are the World”
- Video for “Something to Believe In”

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Yacht Rock Bone Throw: “So Much in Love” by Bugatti & Musker (Amazon)

References:
-
Album “The Dukes” by Bugatti & Musker (the album is called “The Dukes”)
-
Album “The Dude” by Quincy Jones
- These guys worked with Air Supply, Sheena Easton
- Sounds like “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson (Toto folks involved here)
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Robbie Buchanan of Maxus, Brecker Brothers, Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Forman all involved here

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Aids

Example song: “We Are the World” by U.S.A. For Africa (Amazon)

When musicians unite to sing a song for a social or political cause, and it’s the 1980s or early 1990s, the song is in the AIDS genre.

References:
-
“We Are the World” raised hundreds of millions of dollars (you can still donate today)
-
A breakdown of the story of “We Are the World”; the performers, ranked
- Was “We Are the World” part of a “rock ‘n’ roller cola war”?
- Pepsi had
Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie (“the choice of a new generation”)
-
New Coke
- Mexican Coke
- “The Making of We Are the World” (with wildcard Al Jarreau)

10. “We Are the World” by 25 For Haiti (Amazon)

References:
-
This song stinks
- Wyclef Jean is from Haiti (his charity failed)
-
Plastic surgery Lionel Richie
- Vince Vaughn is Dan Akroyd here

9. “Hands Across America” by Voices Across America

References:
- Hollywood Steve’s
“Hands Across America” t-shirt
- Hands Across America was a one-day thing in 1986
- This happened the same day as SportAid
- New Jersey Mass Choir did background singing
-
“Real Men” of Genius commercials

8. “Let it Be” by Ferry Aid

References:
-
Herald of Free Enterprise capsized, killing 193 people
- Chumbawamba was part of a parody called Scab Aid
- “Rock the Boat” by Hues Corporation
- “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot
- Bryan Ferry: not on the song
-
“Simpsons did it”

7. “Voices That Care” by Voices That Care

References:
-
Liberal guilt over Vietnam PTSD ignorance
- Dick Cheney’s lies
- David Foster and Peter Cetera wrote this song (also, Linda Thompson)

6. “Tears are Not Enough” by Northern Lights

References:
- Burton Cummings
- Geddy Lee has to be in your song in Canada

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50 States in 50 Podcasts: New York
“Simple Man” by Klaus Nomi (Amazon)

Other artists from New York:
-
Jay-Z
- The Ramones
- Lady Gaga
- The New York Philharmonic
- Nas
- The Beastie Boys
- Notorious BIG
- Talking Heads
- 50 Cent
- Malevolent Creation, Incantation, Suffocation (Upstate New York death metal)
-
Goo Goo Dolls

References:
- Ayds was an appetite suppressant candy withdrawn from the market in the ‘80s (Peanut Butter Ayds)
- Klaus Nomi was part of the Downtown New York Underground scene (his look)
- Reagan
ignored AIDS for quite a while

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The PlugHole
- Michael Grasso’s defense of Yacht Rock as music for and by the proletariat (his podcast “Hold My Order, Terrible Dresser,” co-editor at We Are the Mutants)
-
Get a Beyond Yacht Rock t-shirt!
- Get an I’m Bob Seger t-shirt!
-
Write a review of Beyond Yacht Rock on iTunes!
- Get ‘yer Rhetoric Coffee! (promo code YACHTROCK)

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5. “Smoke on the Water” by Rock Aid Armenia (Amazon)

References:
- Armenian earthquake killing a reported 45,000 people
- The album (“The Earthquake Album”) is a hodgepodge of rock songs progged out

4. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid (Amazon)

References:
- Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats started it all
-
Phil Collins on the drums
- Best-selling singles of all-time
- This raised $150 million for Ethiopia

3. “We’re All in the Same Gang” by the West Coast Rap All-Stars

References:
-
Group started by KRS-One (“Stop the Violence” movement)
-
Lead is America’s real violent problem
- Robert Evans’ television special “Get High on Yourself” as community service (video)

2. “We’re Stars” by Hear ‘N Aid

References:
- Ronnie James Dio kicks this off
- Is this
Heavy Medal?
-
“goofballs”
- Neal Schon with the guitar solo

1. “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid

References:
-
The story of Sun City
- Written by Steven Van Zandt
- Essentially a Rock Ban
- PBS even banned the “Sun City” documentary

Other proposed genre songs:
- “American Dream” (“Wag the Dog”)
- “Animal Kingdom” by Prince
- “That’s What Friends are For” by Dionne and Friends
- “Self Destruction” by the West Coast Rap All-Stars
- “Ferry Cross the Mersey” (Hillsborough disaster)

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-
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- Archivist: Tim Malcolm (Twitter: @timothymalcolm)

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