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Does 'Yacht Rock' deserve more appreciation?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by mikej89, Dec 4, 2019.

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    I think a lot of that stuff from the late 70's and early 80's is some of the most magical popular music ever produced... It's like a perfect super commercial blend of soft rock, R&B, and jazz. Nobody ever seems to talk about it though I think largely due to the guilty pleasure element. I know a lot of you lived through that period and maybe got jaded to that commercial sound but I think it's just pure magic.


     
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    Yacht rock? There’s music called that?
     
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    Despite my hard rock/blues roots and image I dare say I listen to more yacht rock than any other genre and anyone who clowns on yacht rock is an extremely short sighted individual who doesn't enjoy hearing some of the finest musicians to ever play instruments perform some of the catchiest well written songs ever, you had monsters like

    Bernard Purdie
    Jim Keltner
    Jeff Porcaro
    Steve Gadd
    Rick Marotta
    David Hungate
    Chuck Rainey
    Mike Porcaro
    Abe Laboriel
    Terry Trotter
    Steve Porcaro
    Dean Parks
    Steve Lukather
    Larry Carlton
    Jay Graydon
    Lee Ritenour


    Playing on 3 minute pop songs, the degree of musicianship is one I have not seen matched since

    Tons of great songs and artists came along in that time/genre
     
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    Yup, It's a nickname given to the smooth soft rock sound of that period ala Doobie Brothers.
     
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    I don’t get out much never heard this label before. I’m guessing you are referring to the Michael McDonald era of the Doobs. There’s good music in all genres, something for everybody.
     
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    I never heard that term until another thread a while ago...


    Whatever they call it, I call it some great music.

    Virtually all of Little River Band



     
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    Exactly. Steely Dan played a big part in innovating the sound too.
     
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    NOT my cup of tea.
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    that was a great band.
     
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    For my tastes, I didn't really get a thrill out of it, but there was some great musicianship in it. I was still into the late 60's Hendrix/Trower/Sabbath and Zepplin and other Blues/Blues based rock to Nugent/Aerosmith/etc. and other things like Bob Marley/Frank Zappa. I was still a young G.I., and my roomate only listened to "yatch rock" and disco stuff. I thought we were going to come down to kicking each others rears senseless, but we worked it out. I do listen to it a bit now and then. But instead of coffee a good dose of AC/DC would get my blood pumping and ready to rock the day, over "Hotel California" any day.:D
     
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    In my day we didn't have yachts...

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    But we had some great rock n roll
     
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    I'm not even sure I'd put the Doobies in that category.
    Captain & Tennille
    Christopher Cross
    Hall & Oats
    Kenny Loggins
    Carly Simon and Carpenters(maybe)

    Generally based out of SoCal, and heavy on the electric piano.
     
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    Hard to miss the fabulous playing, especially the guitar playing. A lot of great stuff but it does not shock me if people forget about it. It's not like the average bar band can play it.
     
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    I scorned it at the time, and some of it still makes me cringe (Captain and Tennille is a prime example), but it is a part of the soundtrack of my youth, so I usually know all the words.
    Still, give me rock and roll any day of the week.
     
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    i would listen to yatch rock rather than whats pop today
     
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