From the start, skateboarding and punk rock went hand in hand. It was a perfect fit - both were ostensibly seen as giant middle fingers to the 1970s and '80s establishment, and both exuded a general spirit of rambunctious, debauched rebellion and, more importantly, fun. As time went on, skateboarding grew more technically varied. So, then, did the music that accompanied it. Along with punk rock, hip-hop became inextricably intertwined with skateboarding in the 1990s.
There is no greater testament to the relevance of music to skateboarding than the skate video. Aside from the tricks themselves, the music a skater picks to accompany his or her appearance in a video is arguably the single most important aspect of the part.
After the jump, a look at some choice moments in skate music history.
Blind's 1991 flick Video Days boasted a forward-thinking soundtrack and effectively set the bar for skate video music. Check Mark Gonzales' classic part, accompanied by John Coltrane's "Traneing In":
In 1999, Shorty's released Fulfill the Dream, a hip-hop heavy video with an underground flair. Check youngster Brandon Turner get all tech over Company Flow's "Collude/Intrude":
Shortly afterwards, skate videos took a turn for the cinematic, and so did the tunes therein. Birdhouse's The End was an epic thrill ride filmed on actual celluloid. Heath Kirchart and Jeremy Klein took to the streets with David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure":
And Jamie Thomas led the cast of Zero's Misled Youth with "Baba O'Riley":
In more recent years, skate videos have taken an indie rock turn. NYC gloom-rockers Interpol showed up in Girl's Yeah Right:
But then Dead Prez appeared in Enjoi's Bag of Suck, proving that skating and hip-hop together is a timeless combination:
Y'all skaters out there have any particularly memorable music/skate pairings? Lets hear 'em!
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?