Thursday, September 8, 2016

Yacht Rock Album of the Month: Airplay (1980)



What is yacht rock? Click here for a pretty good definition and song suggestions. But, with apologies to Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart, I know it when I hear it. So my definition might not meet yours. In fact, it probably won't meet yours. I'd argue the sub-genre of yacht rock started in 1975 with Steely Dan's Katy Lied, but for purposes of this series of posts, I'm going to stick to the years 1976-82.* If you're okay with all this arbitrariness, here's the Yacht Rock Album of the Month for September, 2016:


Released: 1980 (RCA)
Produced by: Jay Graydon & David Foster
Peak on the US Billboard 200: Did not chart
Peak on the Cash Box 200: Did not chart

Side One Side Two
Stranded
Cryin' All Night
It Will Be Alright
Nothin' You Can Do About It
Should We Carry On
Leave Me Alone
Sweet Body
Bix
She Waits for Me
After the Love is Gone




Billboard, January 26, 1980, p. 72


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*This doesn't mean that there isn't good yacht rock from years beyond 1982, just check out Monkey House, State Cows, or JaR, for example.

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