I have a new favorite thing. It's called Yacht Rock. What's great about discovering something like this a year after everyone else, is I get the joy of watching all 11 episodes in a row.
McDonald on the left. Loggins, right.
The thing I'm talking about is Yacht Rock, a low budget internet series based in the world of Yacht Rock music -- The smooth sounds of performers like Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates and more. Each episode tells an origin story behind a particular Yacht Rock song that's part BS, part reality. It's hilarious.
I love the down and dirty, low budget nature of it. Don't let this fool you though. It's sharp, witty and moves at a breezy pace. Characters break into song, and it cuts just before it gets old. Each episode leaves you wanting more.
The writers don't just shoot from the hip. The stories are actually really clever. They take facts, rumors, invented relationships and mix it all together to tell a story chock full of hidden references. There's lots of connections based on reality, like Toto playing on Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" or the Doobie Brothers' producer producing a Van Halen album.
Another thing great about Yacht Rock is that they poke fun at this music genre and performers with love. One could easily just make a mockery out of the whole thing, but they don't. There's a level of appreciation they seem to have for these musicians that seeps into the execution of the show.
They depict guys like Loggins and McDonald as buddies that just hang out all the time and have this crazy passion for their music, yet they cuss each other out. It's great.
I've got all the episodes below, so click away and enjoy. I didn't include Episode 6 because really, that's the only one I didn't enjoy. It's a period piece about the real Jethro Tull. It breaks the format of the show quite a bit. Even though I can appreciate the guys trying something new, it just left me scratching my head.
Here are the episodes.
Episode 1: What a Fool Believes
Episode 2: Keep the Fire
Episode 3: I'm Alright
Episode 4: Rosanna
Episode 5: I Believe In It
Episode 7: I Keep Forgetting
Episode 8: Gino (The Manager)
Episode 9: Runnin with the Devil
Episode 10: FM
Episode 11: Footloose
The original SCTV sketch that made McDonald an "irrelevant joke."