Yacht Rock #9

Well, we’re nearly at the end, folks.

If you’ve found this blog through a search engine query for Yacht Rock, welcome!

You’ve come to the right place…

God knows, Jules and I are beyond happy to know that there are other people on the planet who appeciate smooth cheese…

So, here we have Episode 9 of Yacht Rock – “Runnin’ With The Devil”

 

In Episode 9:

Does Drew Carey have a heart? Could Van Halen be the connection between smooth music and the future?

Who will win the battle? The Heavy Metal Devil? Or, Smooth Jesus?

Skiddly diddly bop!

 

See for yourselves:

 

Coming soon: In the next and final episode, who will win the fight to keep smooth music alive? Steely Dan, or the Eagles?

Stay tuned….

 

Yacht Rock 1 – “What A Fool Believes”
Yacht Rock 2 – “Keep The Fire”
Yacht Rock 3 – “I’m Alright”
Yacht Rock 4 – “Rosanna”
Yacht Rock 5 – “I Believe In It” & Yacht Rock 6 – “The Seed Drill”
Yacht Rock 7 – “I Keep Forgettin'”
Yacht Rock 8 – “Gino (The Manager)”

 

Yacht Rock Online

 

 

Song Of The Day – Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

 

 

Yacht Rock #8

It’s been a while…

My apologies for the break, even though it’s pretty much only Jules and I who really understand the power of smooth music.

See? You didn’t get that either, did you?

Nevermind. There are others who love the taste of cheese. Extra sharp vintage cheddar. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

It is time for Yacht Rock Episode 8 – Gino (The Manager)

Flashbacks can be so gloriously telling.

It started with a vision… I will say no more…

Yacht Rock 1 – “What A Fool Believes”
Yacht Rock 2 – “Keep The Fire”
Yacht Rock 3 – “I’m Alright”
Yacht Rock 4 – “Rosanna”
Yacht Rock 5 – “I Believe In It” & Yacht Rock 6 – “The Seed Drill”
Yacht Rock 7 – “I Keep Forgettin'”

 

Yacht Rock Online

Coming in Episode Nine – Could this be the end of smooth music as we know it? I really mean it this time…

 

 

Song Of The Day – David Bowie – D.J.

Yacht Rock 5 & 6 (bumper edition)

Yah, it’s been a while….

I’ve no excuse for slacking off with my postings of Yacht Rock, but I’m quite sure than no one but Jules will have noticed. Mind you, I do get a lot of search engine traffic for it, so it’s on with the show….

Let’s see. Where are we up to?

Ah, yes. Episode 5 – “I Believe In It”.

I’m quite fond of this one…

In this episode, these questions and more, may or may not be answered:

  1. Who really put the smooth in Michael Jackson? It appears a spear gun plays some part…
  2. How could Michael Jackson possibly be a catalyst for Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald to kiss and make up?
  3. Who knew that Vincent Price had supernatural powers? And here I was, thinking he was just an actor…

Go! Go! Toto go!

Bye bye Koko! [waves]

And as a special bonus, here is Episode 6 – “The Seed Drill”.

I’m not only posting this to make up time, but also because it’s an odd episode and I’m not sure it would stand too well on its own…

It’s a history lesson with a difference.

And the lesson is Jethro Tull. The real Jethro Tull. Watch and you’ll see…

Hint: You will appreciate it a whole lot more if you’ve watched Episode One. ūüėČ

Is it wrong that I can name every Jethro Tull song included on the soundtrack? I feel like such a tragic…

Yacht Rock 1 – “What A Fool Believes”
Yacht Rock 2 – “Keep The Fire”
Yacht Rock 3 – “I’m Alright”
Yacht Rock 4 – “Rosanna”

Yacht Rock Online

 

Coming in Episode Seven: Dr Dre saves Michael McDonald? Can it be true? (Michael sure does need a lot of saving…)

 

Song Of The Day – Jethro Tull – Songs FromThe Wood

Let’s Disco…. Baby

So, Jules and I were having a conversation on one of my blogs, about cheesy videos on YouTube.

She told me, she’d just been watching a video on ‘How to do ‘The Hustle”.¬†¬†

Y’know…. the disco dance craze from the ’70’s.

I was then reminded of one of my favourite videos in the vast YouTube cannon. 

Oh, it just thrills me…

I’m not quite sure what that says about me, except that I have an extreme fetish for CHEEEZE.

I’m a bit of a disco queen, myself.¬† Ever since I picked up a second hand¬†vinyl copy of ‘Let’s Disco!’ and the accompanying instructional book around 15 years ago.¬†

“Step round, back, and together with the right…”¬†¬†

I should offer lessons.  Any takers?

Although, I may not be as good as¬†the¬†man with the smooth moves¬†in this¬†video…¬†

I also don’t recall ever learning that step he does in the last 30 seconds.¬† I wonder if it has a name?¬† You have to admit, it’s fairly impressive…. [snicker]

Now, make sure you have your dancing shoes ready.¬† Those Finnish peeps really know how to get their groove on….

**WARNING:  Do not eat or consume fizzy beverages for the duration of this video.

I’m in love with all the ladies’ shoes…

I’m also intrigued as to how the woman goes through all the instructional part at the beginning, only to jig about doing her own thing when the party really gets going.¬† What’s all that about?

Those crazy Scandinavians…

 

Coming soon:  EUROVISION!!!  YAY!!!!

 

Song Of The Day – Van McCoy – The Hustle

Vinyl Beauties – Part 1

I have an enormous collection of vinyl records.¬† I mean, too bloody big.¬† Around¬†900+ albums and God knows how many singles (45’s).¬†¬†Could be around the same number.¬† I can’t play any of¬†them because both my turntables are out of order, but I just can’t let go.¬† I’ve given away a few albums over the years and regretted it.¬† Still.¬†¬†So, I lug them around from house to house…

I’ve been collecting records since I was a kid.¬† Pre-teen.¬† I was earning my own money from the age of 9, and what did I spend it on?¬† Yup.¬† You got it.

I was obsessed with music.¬† Not much has changed in that regard, except that I’m running out of space.¬†¬† Records take up a¬†LOT of space.¬†¬†

I worked for a huge¬†record company for a couple of years and had access to their entire back catalogue.¬† Holy Jeebus.¬† I went nuts.¬† They probably got the bill after I left, heh.¬†¬† My CD collection is almost as large as my vinyl, or possibly larger.¬† I’ve never counted.

Part of the reason I hang onto records, is because I love the big covers.¬† There was nothing quite like lying on your bed, listening to your new purchase and examining the artwork and words in fine detail.¬† Ahhh… memories.¬† CD’s just aren’t the same…

Occasionally I still buy vinyl secondhand, if I see a cover I really like.¬† Covers were and are, that cool…

For some time now, I’ve been collecting pictures of joyous vinyl album covers I’ve come across online.¬† There are too many to post in one hit, so I’m starting a series:

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I hate to say it, but¬†she reminds me of me when I’ve had a few too many to drink.¬† Well, I don’t generally try to set my face on fire and I only smoke when I’m very sloshed, but she speaks to me.¬† Hah!¬† Almost makes you want to hear ‘Bolero’ again, eh?

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Doesn’t everybody love Herb?¬† This album cover has been parodied numerous times, I believe most famously by Soul Asylum. They had the best covers in the 60’s….

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Well, isn’t Eddie a lucky guy?¬† Who would think there would be naked, piano crawling beauties at the Open Face Sandwich Club?¬†

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Someone I know saw this recently and said at first glance, “That’s hot!!”.¬† Umm.. ok.¬† Apparently women on the toilet turn him on…¬† Hey, what ever floats yer boat, I say.¬† I think Millie¬†Jackson (is she related??) ¬†is just feeling wholly satisfied for being back where the shit is.¬† By the look on her face, she’s been waiting a long time.¬†

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Well, what can you say except, WHAT THE FUCK??¬† At least he gives a warning for sensitive eyes, but not before you’ve seen the rest.¬† Not that I’m offended. I’m just trying to work out what the hell is going on here… Is there a point?

I’m sure someone has an explanation.¬† If not feasible, at least amusing…

I’ll just leave you with those for now.¬† Vinyl albums that most likely will never be released on CD and if they were available digitally, what would be the point?

Vinyl rules, ok.

More to come…..

 

Song Of The Day – James Brown – King Heroin

You like what??

Hello.  My name is Vanessa, and I am slightly unusual.

Well, maybe a little¬†more than slightly…

I happily sit outside the circle, to the left.¬† It’s where I’ve always lived.¬† It’s nice.¬† They know me here.

I’m not crazy.¬† I just like different things to ‘most people’.

I like Test Patterns.

See?

I really do.

I even have a favourite Test Pattern.

Check it out:

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When I was a kid I would always wake up too early for TV and this is what I saw when I turned on the box.¬†¬†Can you see why I was fascinated?¬† A spooky looking little girl who always looked to me like her head was about to begin¬†turning 360’s, and as for that clown thing….¬† I’m not generally afraid of clowns, I just think they’re stupid.¬† But that weirdo clown paired with the girl like they’re ACTUALLY PLAYING NOUGHTS AND CROSSES, that creeped me the fuck out, like it’s alive or something.¬†¬† And, what is with that clown’s body??¬†

Useless trivia:¬†¬† This Test Pattern has a name.¬† It’s ‘Test Card F’, and it’s¬†a creation of the BBC in the UK.¬† They’re playing noughts and crosses so the TV cameras could have something to focus on in the centre of the picture.¬† Hence, the placement of the ‘X’.¬†

Then there’s this one:

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Familiar to viewers of televisual pictures in 30 different countries.¬† Not seen quite so often these days, due to most TV stations broadcasting 24 hours.¬†¬† I like the geometric shapes and vague optical illusions.¬† I like the colours and shades.¬† It makes me feel warm and fuzzy, like my favourite teddy bear.¬†¬†No, I’m not kidding.

So, imagine my joy at finding this for sale online:

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Orrrrhhh!   Test Pattern Watch!!

I’m tempted…. Oh, so tempted….

Song Of The Day:   Sigur Ros РGlosoli