Original Soundtrack


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With the invention of the urethane wheel in the mid-'70s, skateboarding began to evolve from an after-surfing California pastime to a national craze, and like any American pop culture trend, there was money to be made. Hence the low-budget movie Skateboard, starring teen poster boy Leif Garrett and a large cast of skaters including So-Cal legend and original Z-Boy Tony Alva. Obtainable only on record, cassette, and eight-track, the soundtrack is merely a tepid ride steeped with cheesy and dated instrumentals such as "Good Morning L.A.," "Dogtown Double Cross," "Competition Boogie," and "10 G's on the Downhill." Dr. John notably contributes the pensive "Sweet Rider" while Jefferson Starship leaves marks all over the project. Guitarist Craig Chaquico rides in the film's big downhill race (but crashes just seconds after the start) and a burned-out Grace Slick sings the previously released original "Fast Buck Freddie." Future JS vocalist Mickey Thomas drops in with three modest songs, the most memorable being "Skate Out"; a prime example of late-'70s, lip-biting, synthesizer-based dance rock. Derailing the rest of the album are forgettable clunkers "Empty Swing in the Playground," an overly sappy Taro Meyer ballad, and a dreadful country ditty by Roger Jaep, "My Heart Is Just a Retread in That Tire Sale Called Life." Skateboard may always retain a nostalgic charm, but its tame soundtrack hardly represents the urgency of old-school skating, nor do these songs reflect the innovation, aggression, and party ethos engrained in its roots.

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