Documentary Filmmaker Dan Napoli joins former toy artist and NYC-based creative director John Battistini to wax intellectual on influential albums, movies, comics, and television shows from the 1980's and 1990's, influenced them growing up as part of the MTV Generation.
Unfun – The Music of Jawbreaker Dear You... I’m Sorry.
On this episode, John & Dan get together on the 26th anniversary of the release of the landmark album Dear You, the final record released by the highly influential underground band Jawbreaker. Listen as John formally apologizes for hating “Dear You” while our duo explores a number of unpopular opinions like Jawbreaker never sounded like Green Day despite everyone saying so, and Dan actually liking Dear You on its release.
Christian Slater. Tony Hawk. Murder, and an international drug trafficking ring exposed by skateboarders. Obviously. Oh the ‘80s.
On this episode, John & Dan talk about skateboarding’s moment in the cultural zeitgeist of the 1980s, what it would come to mean to them both personally and professionally as they grew up, the glory of the Bones Brigade, and craziness of Noir as “youth culture” skateboarding movie.
See how our dynamic duo answers that age-old question “Have you ever gleamed.....inside a cube?”
They were cops. They also sang. And danced. ABC was excited to air this. Seriously.
John & Dan re-watch the pilot episode of the most anticipated new show of the 1990 Fall Season from the mind of legendary TV writer Steven Botcho. It does not go well.
Listen to our duo explain the TV landscape of “The Big 3-and-Half" networks at the time, someone reveal their love of musicals yet pretend to have never heard Randy Newman’s 80’s classic “I Love LA” and learn exactly how many minutes producer Sausha Durkin made it through after being cajoled into watching the pilot.
So it’s 1985. Muhammad Ali, Cindy Lauper, and Liberachi walk into a bar...
Dan & John look back at how worlds collided when ‘Wrasslin meets Pop Culture that was WrestleMania I, how it morphed into Sports Entertainment, show how terrible they are that math as they try to value how many actual people a Neilsen share represented in 1985, and make questionable analogies between Tik Tok in 2021 and MTV in 1985 to show just how “over” music television with the mid-80s kids.
Moviemaking From An Uncomfortable Place (Like The Back Of A Volkswagen.)
It’s Kevin Smith – part deux. Dan & John talk about Smith’s major studio debut – and massive commercial flop – Mallrats, and why they loved it anyway - as the film cemented its cult status, recently turned 25 with a tone of media coverage and special DVD / Blu-Ray release.
They discuss which they like better – Clerks or Mallrats, the undervalued impact of ‘90’s “dorm room theater”, and what really defines a successful film or any creative project in Dan & John’s eyes.
And the Crazy Thing Is – They Weren’t Even Suppose To Be There That Day
Dan & John kick – off the podcast series by revisiting the first thing they ever bonded over during a chance encounter at action sports event – director Kevin Smith’s influential indie hit, the 1994 film Clerks.
Our duo talks about scenes they love, how the making of the film influenced them, and their experiences Clerkin’ it in retail as college kids in the 1990s.
Really hits home
This really hit home. Love the topics. Very nostalgic, friends and I use to binge watch Kevin Smith movies and this sounds like conversations we use to have. Can’t wait for what’s next in this pod cast