Old School Mondays:: X-Rated Griptape Edition

This week’s OSM is not new material, just something fun for me really. Recently my 4 year old son has shown an interest in skateboards, and I knew my Dad still had at least one of my old ones at the house, so I had him bring it over. It’s a Steve Saiz “Feather” Powell Peralta pro model, circa 1989 with white Tracker ultra-light trucks and rat-bones wheels. And it’s in good shape, considering it is 20 years old. There was just one issue: as a smart-ass kid in grade 8, I thought it would be awesome to write “F _ _ _ You” on the griptape (yes, with the blanks, it was clever, cause I could be like “uhhh, no, it says Funk You”. I know, it’s really great stuff). So I had him spray paint over that bit of genius before I let my son see the board.

 

As it turns out, I had also written “Public Enemy” and “N.W.A.” on the griptape as well. Dad left the Public Enemy alone, but he said he “found the N.W.A. bit more offensive than the swearing”, so he painted over that as well. Fairplay to him, he was likely still scarred from having to buy “Straight Out Of Compton” for me in a Maine record store ages ago. All in all, it brought back some fun memories, and it gave me a chance to ride that skateboard once again, albeit in a much shakier, on the edge of falling horribly manner.

 

But anyway, the news that I was enthusiastic enough about PE and N.W.A. in 1989 to advertise that fact on my skateboard is really no surprise. A quick search of the hill should turn up plenty of OSM’s with music from both. PE was certainly my favorite, but N.W.A. wasn’t far behind - I played that cassette copy my dad bought for me so much that the spindles came loose. So then, how about a few more songs from the two to celebrate this excellent trip down memory lane? Right then, enjoy.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

MP3:: N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

MP3:: N.W.A. - Quiet on Tha Set

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

MP3:: Public Enemy - Fight The Power

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

MP3:: Funkytown Pros - Fallin’

VIDEO:: N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

This entry was posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 2:42 pm and is filed under Old School Mondays. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Old School Mondays:: X-Rated Griptape Edition”

Lizard McGee August 18th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I have both of these cassettes as well. Public Enemy broke so much ground, but the NWA just “had something to say”. I’ve even got my old Powell & Peralta skateboards too! I guess Canada was a lot like Ohio in the ’80s. Rock.

admin August 19th, 2010 at 7:53 am

Nova Scotia was a lot like Ohio in the 80′s, except it was full of Michigan fans! Well, I was anyway.

Leave a Reply