Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 981: A history of skate punk

I was out ridin’ my skateboard the other day in a big parking lot with a sign that says “ABSOLUTELY NO SKATEBOARDING.” But I was just passing through because there’s a place for skaters in the park across the street fr0m my house with ramps and rails. It’s a good place to practice my kick turns and ollies and flip-and-shove-its. Still working on the fakie backside bigspin, though.

Okay, I’m kidding. I can’t even stand on a skateboard without falling off. But I do walk one of the English bull terries over to the skate park in the warm months and watch the kids fall off their boards. But they always get up and never stop practicing. Some of them are pretty good, too.

My main interest in skateboarding is the music that’s evolved along with it. In fact, there’s a whole subgenre of alt-rock built on skateboarding culture. There are plenty of legendary rock acts who found their first fans among the skate crowd.

This music goes back a lot further than you might expect, too. I think it’s time we gave skate punk its due.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Suicidal Tendencies, Possessed to Skate
  • Dr. Know, Mr. Freeze
  • Black Flag, Nervous Breakdown
  • Big Boys, Wipeout
  • JFA, Out of School
  • Suicidal Tendencies, Institutionalized
  • Bad Religion, What Can You Do?
  • Pennywise, Dying to Know
  • NOFX, Linoleum
  • Offspring, Self-Esteem
  • Blink-182, The Rock Show
  • FIDLAR, Alcohol

Eric Wilhite prepared this playlist for us.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 981: A history of skate punk

  • Tiny little mention of Millencolin. Thank you, Alan! Great Episode!


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