I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

TODAY IN NETWORK AWESOME MAGAZINE


by Lindsay Long
Nov. 26, 2014

An apt title for this Canadian cult classic that will leave you scratching your head harder than banging it…

When the heavy metal band Tritonz, fronted by John Triton (‘legendary rock warrior’ Jon Mikl Thor), move in a secluded farmhouse to record new tracks, the group get more than they bargain for when evil is resurrected and culminates into an epic battle between Heaven and Hell. Filmed in Canada because “that’s where it’s happening man” the movie was partially written and produced by Vancouver native Jon Mikl Thor himself. A pioneer of muscle rock, Thor achieved success as a professional bodybuilder before fronting a heavy metal band of his own namesake throughout the seventies. A starring role in 1986’s Zombie Nightmare prompted Thor to expand beyond his musical talents and showcase more of his acting and writing skills. Alternately titled The Edge of Hell, the film was directed by John Fasano in 1987. Fasano was a fellow actor in Zombie Nightmare, a serious weapon enthusiast, and notable horror mask designer. Filmed over the course of one week on a skimpy $50,000 budget, the movie achieved a straight to video release and subsequent cult status...

Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”

by Meredith R. Tolan
Nov. 26, 2014

How could a Steven Bochco police drama with musical numbers not have its own very special niche market? With all the crazy things that happen on TV these days, it would seem that such a premise couldn’t miss. But, boy, did it ever.

Apparently in 1990, America was not very open-minded about what was socially acceptable to sing about on prime time television. Somehow, serious topics set to music were deemed unrealistic. Cop Rock was experimental and ambitious, as well as damn expensive to produce ($1.8 million an episode1). It had an eleven episode run and then, gleefully (no pun intended), belly-flopped by taking down the fourth wall and ending its “finale” with a plot-less, general jam session with the cast and crew...

Meredith R. Tolan is a celestial and terrestrial poetesse, who lives among her muses, in a high turret, above the City of Lights (thought she is a born and bred Philly girl), with the love of her life and their young Frog Prince.  She is an Aries, Scorpio rising, and was born on a Thursday, during the Year of the Dog.  Writing is her passion and she works on any project that soothes her soul, from erotica to feature articles to children’s literature.  She has one novel, The Fool, an esoteric parable, she’s shopping around, a collection of poetry in progress and another novel, with subject matter so freaky, she hides the pages under the bed, with the other monsters, when not working on it.   

by Thomas Michalski
Nov. 25, 2014
As home video became more or less ubiquitous during the late 1980s and early 90s, the music industry, never known to pass up an opportunity for profit, scrambled to cash in on the trend, but never truly figured out what to do with the format. Record labels attempted just about everything, from ambitious, conceptual video albums and concert films, which proved time consuming and expensive to produce, to simple repackaging of the clips already airing on MTV, oftentimes juiced with a bit of behind-the-scenes footage, which didn’t always prove that enticing to consumers, especially given the relatively high price of VHS. They no doubt still made a bundle in the process, but eventually realized the video market would never generate the same revenue as their traditional music mediums, and since then haven’t put much effort into reissuing all that material, save for a few classics, leaving a lot of interesting odds and ends out of print and widely unavailable until some generous soul finally rips them to YouTube, as was the case with A Tribe Called Quest’s killer The Art of Moving Butts in Europe, which captures the seminal rap group at an incredible tipping point in their colorful career...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Susan Cohen
Nov. 24, 2014
Hard Rock Zombies is just one movie in a long line of terrible movies whose titles just tell it like it is, like Redneck Zombies or Teenage Zombies or pretty much any movies with “Zombies” in the title. In this case, it’s easy to guess that zombies will be involved, and, chances are, they are going to rock hard. That’s what sets this one it apart from other “Zombie” movies...

Susan Cohen decided to leave her career in journalism to go back to school — for journalism. She's still not sure if she made a mistake. Visit susanjcohen.com to learn more about her. 


by Anthony Galli
Nov. 21, 2014

Memory Vague is the sound of the future lamenting its past.

Possibilities thwarted, opportunities squandered, potential wasted, connections missed.

Or…Memory Vague is the sound of the past mourning its future. A last look at all those things that never are meant to be.

Memory Vague bypasses the present altogether, constructing its identity with ghosts and fragments from glimpses of another age. It hints that it may launch into an unexpected celebration at any time, but reconsiders its position and, instead, mulls over its former glories and failures...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.