Wednesday, October 10 2012 00:00

31 Days of Halloween: Andy Z. - THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS (Album Review)

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As a kid in the 80s, it was always kind of a thing that when October rolled around, you'd keep your eye out for the new Halloween "specials" that would land on TV just in time for the spooky season. It seemed that every year brought with it a new crop of self-contained stories that took place against a backdrop of fresh fall colors and pumpkin patches peppered with shades of orange and green. Whether it's age or reality, it doesn't seem that there's as many of those "specials" these days, but this year I found a new one that exists only in audio form.

Andy ZOn his just-released "audio play" entitled THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS, children's entertainer ANDY Z. manages to perfectly capture the magical vibe of the Halloween "specials" of the 1980s despite lacking a visual component. 

Presented as in the pre-television days when radio was gathered around and celebrated as a storytelling device, this hour-long play features a complete cast of well-crafted and performed characters that interact with Andy and friends as he embarks on an adventure driven by the discovery of a Witches' wand in his own backyard. 

The 23-track aural journey is highlighted by 10 original songs from across the Kindie Rock spectrum, with elements of punk rock, big band, hip-hop, indie rock, and more making their way into the mix. 


ANDY Z's THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS is by far one of the best new family entertainment offerings for Halloween 2012, and  one that should delight listeners for years to come. Is it too early to wish for an animated version for 2013?

THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS is available now on iTunes or from http://andyz.com/

The Rock Father Rating: 5/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from a 3-year-old. 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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