Brady Fairfax – June 2013
We only had to wait…how long? 5 years maybe…for the return of the visual precursor to the Palace brand, the highly acclaimed and Berra-baiting PWBC Global Skateboard News. For those who were clueless enough to think that Palace just sprung out of nowhere like a hard-on in a eunuch colony, this clip was probably a bit of a shock, given that it was touted as a straight forward welcome-to-the-team clip for Danny Brady and Benny Fairfax until the 11th hour. To those in the know however, when the P-Bomb finally did go off there was universal joy at seeing a return of characters like Rubeboy Mandemi, new faces like Tommy Wright III lampooning the questionable hair decisions of famous US pro skaters and the now traditional inclusion of some obscure NYC footage to add a piquant knowing edge to the piss-taking.
Although lagging on the view count in comparison to the earlier Powers Surge clip, (with only a measly 44k in comparison to the 75.9k garnered by the suggestion of dead cyclists), the return of PWBC GSN received as universally positive a reaction as a company founded on being as divisive as Palace is ever likely to get.
I think ‘Crocodile Dundee 8’ encapsulated the zeitgeist most clearly on the skateboard.com.au forum with this comment a few months later – “More of this funny shit – less fucking gym-shoes-in-space….”