in celebrazionzzz of strung out touring north america this summer and performing their 2 most beloved albums in their entirety, 1996′s Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and 1998′s Twisted by Design (tbh these albums are like 95% of the reason strung out matters and this tour possibly shows that the band might know this 2), i have decided to make a post to spread awareness about one of most favorite types of music – vintage 90′s skatepunk.
after the success of nofx and all of the early fat wreck chords signees in the mid-90′s, skatepunk became one of the more popular genres of music to play amongst teenz. back then, it was not uncommon to see kids walk around high school halls wearing oversized lagwagon shirts, baggy jeans (these used to actually exist – srs), short bleached blonde hair, puffy airwalks, and a wallet chain. the genre caused butthurt from tr00 80′s hardcore elitists due to excessive use of melodies and singing (god forbid that the singer actually SINGS omg) and actual songwriting skills. in spite of the oldfags, the genre still prevailed and remained prominent.
joystick was a siq band from santa barbara, california. back then, if a band wasnt able to grab the attention of epitaph or fat wreck, they had to settle for a label like lobster records, who’s claim to fame is releasing yellowcard‘s older material, back when they were like 1/5 of their current line-up and had 5 fans. anywayz, this band displays lots of entry-level influences: nasally singing, octave lead guitar riffs, harmonious back-up vocals. this song is about them getting scene cred becuz of their band and the music they play but i cant even imagine the look on kids faces if this band played today on a respectable tour. half the kids would look at them in confuzion waiting for the first non-existent breakdown to start, a quarter of them would leave the venue 2 go listen to emmure on their iphones in the parking lot, and then the other 25% would jizz their pants and start their own sk8punk bands to try and relive the 90s.
back before the drummer and singer from simple plan decided to go all mainstream pop-punk/radio rock, they played in a sweet fast and melodic band called reset. they were at the forefront of the 90s punk scene in quebec, canada. this type of music was rly popular there, probably caus ppl were 2 french to understand rap lyrics, so they decided 2 focus in on the epic melodies of sk8punk. reset were 1 of the first bands to display more of a metal influence in their guitar parts via their metalhead guitarist, who appears to be the blacksheep of the band. after chuck and pierre ditched the band to start simple plan & make some $$$, the guitarist actually attempted to continue the band on his own and recorded an entire album by himself under the name “reset” of him playing guitar and singing over a drum machine. he then found new members and they recorded a new music video. i think the band still plays shows with the new lineup in bars around quebec to like 10 ppl. i wonder if the simple plan guyz watch their vids from inside their mansions & laugh at them.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-axzDVh1v0&w=420&h=315]omg dis band was SO SIQ. since 90s skate punk is in a way an evolution of 80s hardcore punk, i think of it as like the reformed drug-addicted fuck-up kid who cleaned up his life and became an honor student, while still exhibiting some signs of his sketchy past. five knuckle chuckle would be a prime example of this. despite their melodic nature, they R not afraid to display their hardcore roots in their music. my fav parts of the song are at 3:07 where the music stops and the singers liek “kiss my ass” (totally badass omg) then he goes “fuck you granola boy!” vulgar lyrics over melodic music are jus the best combo EVER.
back in the 90s, bands would sell these things called “cds” which were basically discs that contained their music on it, and they would often come with booklets with artwork in it, and a popular trend was having a cool collage like the one above ^
7 foot midget is about as advanced as u can get. upon first glance, all u see is a dumb band name. upon first listen all u hear is crappy recording quality and adolescent barely-in tune vocals. keep listening - u will hear the most beautiful melodies sung since celine dion‘s my heart will go on, some of the most poetic lyrics known to man and vocal harmonies that sound liek a choir of angels who have descended down from heaven onto earth. despite the presentation being crappy, the content is actually beautiful , kinda liek a rose surrounded by thorns, or a person with down syndrome going up in front of 5 thousand ppl and giving a riveting speech that receives a 10 minute standing ovation applause. sometimes i wonder if prolific classical composers like Johann Sebastian Bach were alive today, what wuld they think of bands liek 7 foot midget? would they shed a single tear (happy tear) knowing that the influence of their masterpiece works of art have continued on into current modern-day music ? some1 is selling their cd for 60 dollars new on amazon, which might SEEM like alot , but actually alot of these bands albums have become rare collectibles over the last decade or so, so the album being sold at that price acctually makes sense.
undeclinable ambuscade were from the netherlands, and they were signed to epitaph europe. back in 1996 they released this classic album “their greatest adventures”. they were set apart from other bands like dis at the time with a singer who actually sounds like he went through puberty and embraces his deep manly voice (no homo). in this song, he tells the epic tale of growing up and the trials& tribulations of transitioning into adulthood. it is very beautiful and i cant even do it justice by talking about it so ill jus post the lyrics here. (theyr dutch so dont give them a hard time for poor english):
You were playing outside with your friend. There wasn’t much on your mind. You were making war with your friend. Your innocent little minds. Do you really believe everything’s gonna be all right? Am I stupid? And then you’re growing older. Your fantasy and your imagination have to make place for your wisdom, your knowledge and too many explanations. You must go to school. Satisfy your parents. You have to be cool, or you’ll have no friends. And then you’re going to live on your own, realising there must be money to pay the rent. So you apply for a silly job, but get rejected ‘you’re not what we were looking for’. You’re thinking of the days that you were younger. You didn’t have to worry about a thing. Three meals a day, a mom who does your laundry. Daddy takes you to a field and plays ball with you.
now that it is all gone, all we’re left with is broken links to old geocities pages, broken skateboard decks and broken dreams. band shirts with too many holes in them to be worn publicly, cds that have too many scratches to play properly. but this music can live on… in our hearts.. and souls. 90s skatepunk… gone but not forgotten.
do u see this style making a comeback due to the 90′s revival trend? what r your favorite 90′s skate punk bands? do u call these bands “pop punk”? did u used to buy “cds” back in the day?