Biography: Yacht Rock Revue
If you have ever channel surfed at 2 a.m. chances are you have been sucked into watching a Time-Life info-merical pushing a multi- CD collection of soft rock hits from the 1970s and '80s. Those same soft rock hits from Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates and many others are also known by another name: Yacht Rock. Yacht Rock is not only a classification of those smooth sounds, but it is also an embracement of the attitude associated with those who constantly listened to the mellow hit makers, often mustached men wearing leisure suits.
"I had seen the Yacht Rock sketches on the internet on Channel 101," explains drummer Mark Cobb. "The ideas were great and I think they were executed okay. I never found myself laughing out loud, but the fact that they tried to tie the Eagles with Steely Dan and make these rivalries with smooth rock bands was great, and making it pretty nostalgic at that time."
"We have a show approach of eight guys doing every little part," describes Niespodziani. "There's the horn of smooth [a conk shell], sax, prizes, video screens, etc. The whole approach is more fun artistically."
Who would have ever thought that music popular thirty years ago and dated with keyboards and shuffle beats would find new popularity mostly among Atlanta's twenty and thirtysomethings?
Although Michael McDonald and Ambrosia may never be considered as hip as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, there is a reason why we all know the lyrics. Even after all these years they are still incredibly catchy.
"Its fun to make fun of these songs, but at the same time its legitimately catchy good music," says Cobb. "I find that the music holds its weight as far as some of the best catchy songwriting. Now it happens its also some of the most sappy lyrics, like ubersensitive men begging women to sleep with them. There is nothing rock about it, but by the time we as a band get to the second set and have a few drinks we start jamming the way a hard rock band would."
Whether you are a "Rich Girl" or an "Easy Driver," grab your shades, order a Tom Collins and join the fun at the Yacht Rock Revue. Even though the party is jumping, the grooves are still all so smooth.
- Metromix Magazine
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