Skate Rock Volume Two: Blazing Wheels and Barking Trucks (High Speed Productions) 1984. A great set of comps released by Thrasher mag back in the day. Definitely provided the background music to myriad acts of juvenile delinquency for me. Volume Two (this one) was my personal favorite as it had the biggest So-Cal vibe to it. Volume Three was awesome as well although it was definitely more metal crossover than Volume Two.
So what are the songs like?
1. McRAD – Prevent This Tragedy. An amazing start. This song absolutely shreds. Featuring Chuck Treece (sponsored Santa Cruz skateboarder) on guitar. Early philly HC, a scene I know very little about. Anybody got the Dominant Force EP from 1984? Would love to hear it.
2. T.S.O.L. – Other Side. Despite The Meatmen boycott back then, I was a huge fan of TSOL. With that said, I never got into the second singer Joe Wood. This track didn’t change my mind.
3. BIG BOYS – Lesson. This is an alternate version of a track that is on the Lullabies Help The Brain Grow LP. I always liked this version better because it is tighter and faster. Currently available on the Wreck Collection compilation on Gern Blandsten.
4. ANVIL CHORUS – Blue Flames. I love this track. I wouldn’t even call this crossover, its just old-school metal. Listen to those Iron Maiden-style guitar runs! Knew nothing about these guys other than they were awesome on this comp.
5. THE FACTION – Friends And Enemies. Steve Caballero’s band. You already know everything about this band. Great track.
6. KINGPINS – Ready To Rip. Wow…a blazing rockabilly track. Kinda reminds me of what Eddie and the Subtitles were attempting on some of thier songs but BETTER. I can’t find any info on these guys online. None. It’s a testament to the greatness of this comp that you could feature this and The Anvil Chorus and that it could somehow still all sound cohesive.
7. LOS OLVIDADOS – Something New. I was never a big fan of these guys sound. I dunno why. Most of my friends love this San Jose group. If you do, it has been re-released on Alternative Tentacles as part of thier Skate Rock series.
8. BORSCHT – Bye-Bye. A hardcore band from New Jersey. They were also on the Flipside Volume One comp, which I will post down the road. No info on the web unless you are looking for beet soup. Good but somewhat generic.
9. FREE BEER – Pigs In Space. An instrumental by this great band. Good use of cowbell. Also available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series. Volume One, I believe. Features pro skater Tommy Guerrero.
10. J.F.A. Beach Blanket Bongout. Really, what would a skate rock comp be without JFA. Great rawer version of on of thier classic tracks. Also available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series.
11. J.F.A. – Johnny D. My favorite version of my favorite JFA song. Also available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series.
12. T.S.O.L. – In Time – YEAH! Now we are talking. I know nothing about this track at all but I do believe this is “Jack Greggors/Alex Morgon/Jack Ladoga/Jack Delauge/Jack Grisham” on vocals. The style sounds like it was from the Man/Machine era? The production is different. When was this recorded? Anyway, TSOL has been back in the original form (minus Todd Barnes who unforunately passed on) for a few years.
13. FREE BEER – Start the Ark. A very So-Cal sounding song from these Frisco natives. Used to be one of my faves on this comp. Available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series.
14. TALES OF TERROR – Gods from Outer Space. A weird instrumental from these brilliant scuzzbags. I believe they have a MySpace site with some killer tracks and unfortunately no information.
15. ANCESTORS: GODS OF SOUND – Treasures of Mankind. The Drunk Injuns with a different name. Not as good as the Drunk Injuns tracks but I still love this band. Available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series.
16. BIG BOYS – Assault. This is an alternate version of a track that is on the Lullabies Help The Brain Grow LP. I always liked this version better because it is tighter and faster. Currently available on the Wreck Collection compilation on Gern Blandsten.
17. McRAD – Tomorrow’s Headlines. A crossover reggae-metal track. Sounded real good back in the day but now sounds kinda dated and cheesy.
18. BORSCHT – Enemy. Better than the other track but still somewhat generic.
19. DRUNK INJUNS – She Gots a Gun. The greatest skate-rock band of all time in my opinion. Flex really fucks this one up when they say, “The singer is good but sounds a bit pathetic sometimes.” What? Are you kidding? These are The Drunk Injuns bitches! Shut the fuck up before you are beheaded by Indian Ghost Warriors. Also available on the Alternative Tentacles Skate Rock series.
Well…what have we learned? That a lot of this shit is currently available on Alternative Tentacles….that Joe wants to hear Dominant Force by McRad…That Flex has thier head up thier ass with regards to the Drunk Injuns. Also, who the hell were The Kingpins? and when did T.S.O.L. record “In Time”?