Sunday, June 28, 2009
It comes with great saddness to many that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is dead. Regardless of what turmoil surrounded his life (especially the latter part), he will always have the Moon Walk, millions of devoted fans and, for us skate rats, the soundtrack to a few epic skate parts. Here are a few that stand out:
Guy Mariano skates to "ABC" in Blind Video Days. The audio's off due to copyright, but you can imagine the music. (to see more, click read more)
Jereme Rogers, skateboarding's most recent pro to go MIA, has retired to devote his life to music in the way that Jackson did early on. There's no telling how that will go, but Jereme Rogers will always have his part in the legendary Yeah, Right? to MJ's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."
Kareem Campbell set P-Rod's part in City Star's Street Cinema to the same Jackson 5 song as Guy Mariano, possibly as a statement that P-Rod was the new young guy—the future. Whether that's the perception or not, it just proves that "ABC" is a banger to skate to (regretfully, sound turned off here as well, so just remember).
Tony Tave skated to "Working Day and Night" in Circa's It's Time (an often overlooked video, by the way).
Last, but not least, Jerry Hsu skated to "Beat It" in Tilt Mode Man Down. This part put a smile on your face, so I think it's appropriate to watch it the day after MJ died. We should be enjoying what he left us...
His tunes were probably used on even more homey videos, but these are a few parts that I could find. Skaters, like the general public, are not immune to a hit and Michael Jackson, for all his flaws and weirdness, almost never disappointed on that level. I'm sure everyone can agree it's a bummer to see him go. RIP Michael Jackson.
(Note: I remembered most of these parts on my own, but I have to credit wiskate.com with Tony Tave's. Putting aside my Wisconsin bias (I'm from Wisconsin), the fact that I kind of know these dudes and their role in the production of one of the most epic videos ever (Beez! ), they have a rad site with the soundtrack catalog of almost every video you can think of . They also have some awesome short clips and reviews. Worth a check out.)