Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 19 – Survival Tips for the Wastelands - part two



Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 18 – Survival Tips for the Wastelands - part two
WASTELANDS - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities, trashy treasures, street levelness, life, culture and stuff.

In this quick episode, Adam and Mark reflect on the global pandemic shutdown and bring you part two of survival in the apocalypse. 

Based on their many years of post-apocalyptic viewing they draw on their pop culture doomsday knowledge and share some hints and tips on things you should do and not to do in the coming end of days.

This time round they ponder should you stay or should you go and weapons of choice in the wastelands.




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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 18 - 2020 Texas Gladiators


WASTELANDS - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities, trashy treasures, street levelness, life, culture and stuff.

In this Episode Adam and Mark discuss 2020 Texas Gladiators, directed by none other than top sleaze/horror master Joe D'Amato, Starring Al Cliver, Al Yamanouchi & Sabrina Siani. Their main aim is to see if D’mata was a clairvoyant and how close his 1983 prediction was of the state of America in 2020.

In Texas in 2020, degenerate villains raid a monastery in which pretty Maida took refuge, when five roving Rangers show up. The battle-hardened men quickly succeed in repelling the attackers and restoring order. However, during the incident, one of her saviours named Catch Dog falls into disgrace as he tries to rape Maida. He is eventually rejected by his comrades. Later, Ranger Nexus separates from his friends, taking Maida with him. Five years later, Nexus and Maida live with their little daughter a seemingly safe life in the settlement of Free Town. In addition to basic services, the community operates a power plant and uranium mine. The village's energy reserves soon lure in dark outlaws. One day, disaster strikes as Catch Dog manages to bring down Free Town with his gang. Catch Dog himself acts on behalf of the "Black One", a totalitarian ruler who subjugates the population with his thugs. In an attempt to resist, Nexus dies. The able-bodied men are enslaved and used as labourers in the uranium production, the women are sold to different bars in the area. At some point, the three remaining Rangers meet Maida and set her free from her master, a gambler. The three encounter and manage to enlist the help of an indigenous tribe. Ultimately, the Rangers and the recruited warriors succeed in taking back Free Town. The regime of terror is overthrown. Both Catch Dog and Black One are killed, and in the midst of combat, also one of the Ranger succumbs to his injuries. In the end, Maida and her daughter can expect a happier future. The two remaining Rangers leave.

Factoids
  • In a 1996 interview, D'Amato stated that Eastman "didn't feel confident enough in the action scenes and so I dealt with those, leaving him to the direction of the actors. B
  • D'Amato received directing credit, although Eastman directed most of the dialogue scenes according to D'Amato
  • Eastman also stated in 1996, "These (post-atomic) films, which were made in the wake of the various Mad Max movies, were decidedly crummy. The set designs were poor....and the genre met a swift and well-deserved death. I only wrote these awful movies for financial reasons.... no attempt at originality was made at all."
  • The film has been released under several titles, including 
    •  Anno 2020: I Gladiatori del Futuro( lit. Year 2020 Gladiators of the Future), 
    • Futoro2020: Freedom Fighters
    • 2020: The Rangers of Texas and Sudden Death

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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 17 – Survival Tips for the Wastelands - part one




WASTELANDS - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities, trashy treasures, street levelness, life, culture and stuff.



In this quick episode, Adam and Mark reflect on the global pandemic shutdown and bring you part one of survival in the apocalypse. 

Based on their many years of post-apocalyptic viewing they draw on their pop culture doomsday knowledge and share some hints and tips on things you should do and not to do in the coming end of days.

As well as covering fortifying your home and gathering supplies in this wastelands quickie.



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Wastelands Radio Show – Episode 16 – Metalsploitation - Trick or Treat 




WASTELANDS - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show exploring the vast undiscovered cultural wastelands as a creative pursuit. Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities, trashy treasures, street levelness, life, culture and stuff.

In this episode Adam and Mark turn their attention to the 1986 Metalsploitation masterpiece – Trick or Treat. Starring Skippy of Family Ties and featuring special guest appearances by rock superstars Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne and a dynamic heavy metal soundtrack by Fastway. Listen in as they explain why they believe Trick or Treat a metal horror classic.


Plot - A semi-outcast high school kid and metal head Eddie Weinbauer (Marc Price - Family Ties -Skippy) is bullied by the popular crowd and is compelled to get revenge. After the death of his heavy metal idol Sammi Curr (Tony Fields- former Solid Gold Dancer) a devastated Eddie, discovers he can enlists the aid of the dead satanic rock star, through the backmasking a demo of Curr's unleased album. But as Hallowe'en night approaches shit gets outta hand and Eddie is the only one that can stop Sammi from making a satanic comeback from beyond the grave. A coming-of-age metalsploitation flick that mixes elements of "Christine" (1983), "Carrie" (1976) and the first Nightmare on elm street movies, but it strangely never attained the popularity of those films, which still doesn’t explains why there was never a sequel.
Trick Or Treat is a fine example of Hollywood jumping on the "backwards messages in metal music" bandwagon that Tipper Gore and her Washington Wives kick-started the satanic panic in the mid-'80.
This is a great movie if viewed in the proper context - It was meant to be a parody of teen-horror-devil-worship movies (and the '80s saw plenty of them) it is a particular stand out in the metalsploitation genre as it has great cameos by Gene Simmons and Ozzy.

Highlights
All songs in the movie are performed by the band "Fastway" which was formed by - Motorhead Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and bassist Pete Way, formerly of UFO.and current "Flogging Molly" vocalist Dave King.

Features - A brief clip with Ozzy Osbourne as Rev. Aaron Gilstrom which he adlibbed also appears after the end credits.

Gene Simmons has a cameo as the radio DJ, Nuke. He did so as a way to pay tribute to his idol Wolfman Jack. He actually passed on playing the role of Sammi Curr.

The hellhound Skeezix was made by FX guru Kevin Yagher who also worked on Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) and Chucky in the "Child's Play" films

Directed by Charles Martin Smith, most know as an actor in American Graffiti and The Untouchables – but also directed Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Welcome to the Hellmouth (1997) Air Bud (1997)

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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 15 –Metalsploitation - Hard Rock Zombies



WASTELANDS - An Australian B-grade, Punk Rock, Street Trash online radio show exploring the vast undiscovered cultural wastelands as a creative pursuit. Hosted by long time partners in slime Adam (085c3n3) Obscene and Mark-O -Mark, pondering punk oddities, trashy treasures, street levelness, life, culture and stuff.

In this episode Adam and Mark rip through their next Metalsploitation instalment -the video nasty Hard Rock Zombies. This distasteful horror comedy rock musical entry to the sub-genre features hicks, rubes, werewolves, murderous dwarves, sex perverts, and Hitler and that’s all in the first 10 minutes.

In the 80’s, rock music and horror movies went together like acid washed jeans and feathered hair. The trouble is, even though many horror movies had awesome rock soundtracks, the movies that specifically featured rock musician characters as heroes or villains varied wildly in quality. Although the rock horror movie has mostly gone the way of the 80’s, I’m not sure any other type of music will ever have such a successful love affair with horror.

A nameless hard rock band who for some reason have the key broadest from Kraftwerk whose music can raise the dead, travel to that town out of footloose for an auditions with a big record executive, unfortunately Hitler now lives there and they fall prey to his entourage of mutant dwarfs, a flick knife wielding werewolf, a maniac with a wiper sniper and blonde sexy psychopath. They are then resurrected by a 14 year old groupie by who plays one of their songs at their graves the lyrics of which were taken from the Necronomicon and they take undead revenge on their killers 

That takes us to the half way point after which it starts to get weird. Actually it doesn’t get any weirder, that would be impossible. It just becomes less coherent.
The first part is mental but at least it makes sense in the context of the movie- the band arrives in town, gets murdered, is resurrected and takes revenge. That’s a complete story – problem is there is still 45 minutes to go.

So the bad guys now get back up again as undead ghouls and attack the town. While the zombie band go through with their audition. It’s important that the audition is there it kinda ties things up but the rest is hilariously pointless and it really leads to some very very strange places.

Highlights / Lowlights
The film starts off promisingly, quickly scoring points for gratuitous use of both nudity and dwarfs,
But rapidly becomes a jaw-dropping bad mish-mash of musical interludes and inept gore (courtesy of FX man John Carl Buechler),
Interspersed with moments of complete insanity: an old man (later to be revealed as Hitler) his wife; the old lady turns into a werewolf;
The hitch-hiker dances by herself for no reason in the desert;
One dwarf eats himself;
The band survives an electrocution while practising; and one guy momentarily avoids being eaten by pretending to be a zombie (beating Shaun of the Dead to the joke by a couple of decades).


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Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 14 – Jon Mikl Thor - Rock n Roll Nightmare


In this episode Adam and Mark kick of their three part discussion on the topic of 80s metal/ rock horror movies, or Metalploitation. First Cab of the rank is the 80’s Canadian god of hair metal and champion body builder Jon Mikl Thor and his Self-produced disaster-piece Rock’ N Roll Nightmare from 1987.
Back in the 70’s JMT was a very successful athlete, as a bodybuilder, he was the first Canadian to win both the Mr. Canada and Mr. USA titles. During his bodybuilding career, he has achieved over 40 titles around the world. 
If this wasn’t weird enough as a musician, he fronted the heavy metal band Thor, billing himself as "The Legendary Rock Warrior". JMT started touring in 1973. The band was first known as "Mikl Body Rock" and "Thor and the Imps" before deciding on the name THOR.
He combined strength feats, props, costumes and showmanship with music such as bending solid steel bars in his teeth and having solid concrete blocks smashed off his chest with a sledgehammer. THOR toured Canada and the USA throughout the 1970s and 1980s. 
If the idea of a bodybuilding metal lord still isn’t enough for you, In 1986 JMT retired from live performances and started to write and produce films.
In the 80’s metal and horror went together like acid washed jeans and feathered hair. The trouble was, even though many horror movies had awesome rock soundtracks, the movies that specifically featured rock musician characters as heroes or villains varied wildly in quality and generally resulted in outcomes that were so bad they were good and often unintentionally funny. This is definitely the case with Rock n Roll Nightmare.
In Rock n Roll Nightmare an 80's metal band go to an old house to record an album. It's possessed, and demons that strangely enough resemble drug addicted gutter muppets start killing people. In between death scenes the band rocks out and washes a lot of dishes.
Thor himself wrote and produced the film and soundtrack. That's really all you need to know, because nothing else in the movie makes a lick of sense. The direction, acting, special effects, and script are absolute hilarious pieces of trash. 
That's what allows Thor's stage presence to really shine. It's really just a long music-video that has a horror story thrown in. The music is classic, if you like that style, and if you don't you shouldn't be watching it in the first place.. If you love comic books, glam metal, and mythology and your movies with more cheese than a triple cheese hamburger pizza this is the crown-jewel of entertainment. An absurd good time!!






Wastelands Radio Show - Episode 13 - Die Die My Darling Misfits/ Samhain/ Danzig


In this episode Adam and Mark discuss the horror punk phenomenon that is the Misfits and other fiend related pondering. Join them as they recount their most memorable Misfity stories, from Mark's band Disrupt Youth supporting the band in 1997 to Adam seeing Samhain's final live show. Plus the fiend factoids quiz, random banter, rambling and a fruity background soundtrack courtesy of Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge. A Misfits tribute album of lounge covers released in 2005 by Misfits Records.

Misfits 1980's
Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognised as the pioneers of the horror punk sub genre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in 1977 in New Jersey, by vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist Glenn Danzig,Each incarnation of the Misfits has made use of horror film and science fiction film-inspired themes and imagery, with makeup, clothing, artwork, and lyrics drawn from B movies and television serials, many from the 1950’s through 1970’s. Musically the band is often recognised as kick off of the horror punk and psycho billy sub genres and have drawn from punk rock, heavy metal, and 1950’s rock and roll and rockabilly to inform their style. Rolling Stone describes them as "the archetypal horror-punk band of the late 1970’s and early '80 s", and they are considered icons in punk music and culture.
Misfits 1990's
30 Bloody Years - Samhain at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC on 01-Nov-2014
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