If you read this week’s Jenkem Magazine ‘s article on the best skateboard moments on drugs you realize skateboarding is weird. Skateboarding has always been weird. It’s high time as a collective whole the skateboard community demand our skateboard films get weirder. My suggestion to the skateboard industry is to make skateboard concept films with epic albums as the soundtracks.
I can’t do this myself. I got a video camera a few years ago and made some youtube clips. Now I know I can cross off any ambition for filming. I’m not good at filming others. I have a career, and need to focus on writing. Also my skateboarding skills are not worthy of grandiose projects. So I’m pleading to the skateboard industry to take on my idea with pro videographers, and good skaters.
Basically music in a skate video makes or breaks it. The only obstacle in this plan is copyright. If Plan B can use a Rolling Stone song and other classic rock in their recent video, it’s obvious the big companies have the cash to overcome copyright obstacles these days.
My idea is to have full-length skate videos for these albums! I’m sure many more albums would be just as epic. This winter I haven’t skated at all. I hope this entry is my last delusional over thinking of skating and I can actually skate soon.
-Pink Floyd, Darkside of the Moon
This is an obvious choice. A short album at 42 minutes but so epic it captured imaginations generation after generation since it’s release in the 1970’s. On youtube look up Plan B’s promo from 2008 called Superfuture. The song ‘Time’ perfectly matches Danny Way’s mega ramp skills, and then Paul Rodriguez’s street skating. The whole album would work for a soundtrack.
Nas is from Queensbridge, and the Flushing Meadows skate spot is also in Queens. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I like hiphop, but this is a stand out because every song works. One can listen to the whole album straight through. One challenge is the last song, ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’ is one of the best hip hop songs recorded. That song should be the last part or the climax, and not the credits.
-Guns n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
I wouldn’t know how to look this up. Years ago online Jake Phelps from Thrasher said that in Girl’s video Yeah Right, Gino Iannuci’s part was so solid because of the song choice, ‘It’s so Easy’ by GNR. It rocks, and the whole albums rocks. Think of the possibilities. Would the six-minute long ‘Paradise City’ be a montage or a solo-part?
-Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
This is a long album and a challenge for a potential skate film. ‘Sweet Virginia’ is my favorite song on the album. If in the Flip’s Extremely Sorry video they can put a mini ramp in the desert near the Grand Canyon, I suggest a mini ramp in Appalachia. Yes, for the ‘Sweet Virginia’ part it should be a mini ramp jam in the hills. The skaters need to be skinny, and handsomely scruffy. The Rolling Stones invented the Heroin emaciated look, and the skate industry would have to respect that.
-Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
If you are in a bar with an Internet jukebox and you want to piss off people put in ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Daves. The song is 27 minutes and might not be good for the dancing or late night crowd. Apparently the album is an hour and a half. Perhaps for this concept skate video the song ‘Bitches Brew’ might be epic enough.
-Gza, Liquid Swords
I have to admit the first time I heard Wu-tang I was offended, and didn’t get it. But I listened to it again, then again and again. I became a fan like millions others. I heard Liquid Swords as an adult 15 years after it came out. The first listen I didn’t get it, but I listened to it more and it’s epic. In a lot of hip hop albums the interludes or voiceovers between songs annoy me, but the ones in this are so strange it makes it interesting. The first song has an interlude were the art director of the skate concept film could go crazy with visuals. Something magical would happen when the song and skating starts at the same time.
-Patti Smith, Horses
This is another album that’s interesting to listen from start to finish. It has ups and down or fast and slow moments. ‘Gloria’ clocks in at 6 minutes, and ‘Land’ is over 9 minutes. Long songs are the opposite of most skate video soundtracks. But I believe the right company and filmmaker could make a beautiful skate concept film to this album.
That’s all. For anyone in the skate industry take my suggestion and make a skate vid with an album as a soundtrack. If not, anyone that reads this, discuss music albums. These happen to be some of my favorites.