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Heavy Medal

Heavy Medal

Songs in the genre Heavy Medal inspire people to do great things. Your heart can yearn, but this yearning brings you accolades, not sex. The struggle you face is from within; be the best you can.

The songs make you focus on the goal at hand. There’s a fanfare of synthesizers, typically, that open the song to warm up the listener for the battle at hand. The meat? Hard-driving rhythms, a rough-and-ready guitar, and a vocalist who can hit the high registers. Lyrics are filled with metaphors: things are always on fire and people are on the edge.

The subtext: These songs are training the listener to appreciate Reaganism and individual responsibility, with the ultimate goal of heading out and taking down the anti-capitalist beast.

Show Notes
Archivist: Tim Malcolm (Twitter: @timothymalcolm)

Intro song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (Amazon)

References:
- Sounds like
“Edge of Seventeen” (wide-winged duck) by Stevie Nicks
The Olympics! They happened!
- Olympic Amusements: Equestrianarcherycurlingskeleton
- “Eye of the Tiger” is from “Rocky III”

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Yacht Rock Bone Throw“Scene 29” by JaR (Amazon)

References:
- JaR is
Jay (Graydon) and Randy (Goodrum)
- This song is from 2008 (whaaaat?!)
- This is
“Steely Dan meets Airplay and Pages”
- The new Steely Dan albums from the aughts (“Two Against Nature,” “Everything Must Go”)
- Maybe they were jealous
after watching “Yacht Rock”
Videos of Graydon and Goodrum talking about these songs
- Steely Dan was known for its “dark sarcasm”
JaRZone.com

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Heavy Medal

Example song: “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone (Amazon)
Example song: 
“The Touch” by Stan Bush (Amazon)

Songs in the genre Heavy Medal inspire people to do great things. Your heart can yearn, but this yearning brings you accolades, not sex. The struggle you face is from within; be the best you can.

The songs make you focus on the goal at hand. There’s a fanfare of synthesizers, typically, that open the song to warm up the listener for the battle at hand. The meat? Hard-driving rhythms, a rough-and-ready guitar, and a vocalist who can hit the high registers. Lyrics are filled with metaphors: things are always on fire and people are on the edge.

The subtext: These songs are training the listener to appreciate Reaganism and individual responsibility, with the ultimate goal of heading out and taking down the anti-capitalist beast.

References:
Thunderlips
“Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen was supposed to be the theme for “Rocky III”
- J.D. got blocked on Twitter by Frank Stallone
“Stayin’ Alive” takin’ a five
“I’m Bob Seger” shirts
- Nod to George Orwave (“Electronic Lover” by Ray Parker Jr.)

10. “Mega Force” by 707 (Amazon)

References:
From the movie “Mega Force” (directed by Hal Needham)
- Not released on the record label Megaforce
Camaro Summer crossover (“Calling to You” by Ace Frehley)
- Co-written by
Jonathan Cain of Journey
“Megaforce” on Atari 2026
Blue Angels flyover at a football game

9. “Hearts on Fire” by John Cafferty (Amazon)

References:
From the movie “Rocky IV” (he won the Cold War)
The “Rocky IV” soundtrack is incredible (“Burning Heart” by Survivor)
The movie “Creed”
- Cafferty, a member of the Bob Seger System
Vince DiCola and Joe “Beans” Esposito

8. “The Secret of My Success” by Night Ranger (Amazon)

References:
From the movie “The Secret of My Success”
European power metal
- Song is co-written by David Foster
Indiana is in two time zones

7. “Break the Ice” by John Farnham (Amazon)

References:
Bike dancing
From the movie “Rad” (also directed by Hal Needham)
Farnham was an Australian teen idol and was lead singer of the Little River Band

6. “Touch the Sky” by White Sister

References:
From the movie “Thrashin’”
- White Sister (proto Bald Metal) was discovered by Greg Giuffria

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50 States in 50 Podcasts: New Jersey
“Die, Die My Darling” by the Misfits (Amazon)

Other artists from New Jersey:
Bruce Springsteen
Frank Sinatra
William Hung
Bon Jovi

References:
- The Misfits invented
horror punk
- New Jersey is the third-largest producer of cranberries in America
- The “New Jersey Airport” is probably Newark Liberty International?
“Jersey Boys” / “Jersey Girls”
“Born to Run” is about getting out of New Jersey
- From Old Jersey: Andy ChatterleyNerina PallotGerard Le Feuvre (“Island Home”)

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The PlugHole
- Bumpers by @OCDefender
Go to yachtrock.com and grab a t-shirt!
The “I’m Bob Seger” t-shirt bonanza continues!
Rhetoric Coffee! Get some beans!
“Hollywood” Steve Huey: National Spelling Bee contestant (thanks @MikeNothnagel)

5. “Be Good to Yourself” by Journey (Amazon)

References:
- From the
album “Raised on Radio”
Video for “Be Good to Yourself”
From the movie “White Water Summer” starring Kevin Bacon
- Is this a Jack Track?

4. “Winner Takes It All” by Sammy Hagar

References:
From the movie “Over the Top”
- On the track: Eddie Van Halen … on bass
Giorgio Moroder co-wrote this song (so did Tom Whitlock)
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (also “Meet Me Half Way” by Kenny Loggins)

3. “Dare” by Stan Bush (Amazon)

References:
From the movie “The Transformers: The Movie”
- Bush improved “Bloodsport” and “Kickboxer”
Bush also improved the 1996 Summer Olympics (“Capture the Dream”)
- Album
“Call to Action” by Stan Bush (similar album cover to Loggins’ “High Adventure”)

2. “Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)” by King Kobra (Amazon)

References:
Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge’s hair metal vanity project
From the movie “Iron Eagle”
- Soundtrack: “One Vision” by Queen“Hide the Rainbow” by Dio
Video for “Iron Eagle”
“Iron Eagle 2,” “Aces: Iron Eagle III”

1. “Mighty Wings” by Cheap Trick (Amazon)

References:
From the movie “Top Gun”
The “Top Gun” soundtrack (uh, the Harold Faltermeyer theme is unbelievable)
Faltermeyer wrote “Axel F” from the movie “Beverly Hills Cop”
- Before “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
- Cheap Trick wrote for the movie “Up the Creek”

Cooldown: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop You Now” by Loverboy

Other proposed genre songs:
“Jane” by Jefferson Starship
“You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito
“Playing to Win” by the Little River Band

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Yacht Rock video series
- Hosts: JD Ryznar (Twitter), “Hollywood” Steve Huey (Twitter), David Lyons (Twitter), Hunter Stair (Twitter)
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