Reusing music has always been a slightly grey area in skateboarding, but still something which was for the most part avoided in the era of VHS and rewatching the same video for months on end until the next tape appeared in the local shop for you to wear out the heads on. For one thing a vague etiquette demanded it and, for another, who wants to be put up against certain yardsticks to which you’ll clearly be found wanting? Skating to fIREHOSE’s Brave Captain or Sizzla’s Haunted and Nervous will forever belong to Natas and Cardiel respectively and would seem incongruous in the context of another section.
Saying this, some sections would always slip through editors’ guards and cause the occasional double up. Since the death of VHS and the rise of both cheap cameras and editing equipment – leading to a massive rise in the amount of scene videos appearing – followed closely by the internet taking over the world and offering ten million skate videos at our disposal, trying to find a previously unused song to match up to a skater is becoming more unrealistic by the minute.
This is not necessarily a bad thing though; a good song is a good song regardless and seeing how one track can interact with a different set of tricks, style and personality in a skate video can be a proper treat. With that in mind, here are some of our favourite moments where a song has been reused and re appropriated to soundtrack two or more sections.
Honourable mention: Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, used for Jeremy Wray’s section in Plan B’s Revolution and the Darkstar montage in Almost’s Rodney Vs. Daewon Round 2. No chance of Youtube letting that fucker stand!
Bl’ast – In My Blood
Santa Cruz ‘Streets on Fire’ – Turf section/Creature Skateboards ‘Born Dead’ – Darren Navarrette
SST Records and Santa Cruz has a solid connection in the form of Bl’ast’s Owen Neider, resulting in a solid amount of the label’s music being heard in early Cruz videos. Here’s a classic in the form of The Turf section in Streets On Fire, with Navarrette undoubtedly paying homage in Creature’s Born Dead. In addition to these two, the song can also be heard in Ohio Skateout – a video which possibly got more out of the SST back catalogue than the entire canon of Santa Cruz videos…