I recently went to the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philly and scored a handful of records with skate covers. First up is the Possessed to Skate compilation LP. This record was put out by 625 and Pessimiser/Theologian in 1997 and features a number of power violence bands (including Spazz and Charles Bronson whose split was previously featured on BPA). There are a number of songs about skating on here, including the awesomely titled "Skatin' and Satan go Hand in Hoof," but my favorite track is Asshole Parade's "Launch Ramp" (found at 15:30 in the link below). Don't miss Palatka's '70s skatepark-style logo on the back.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I visited my In-Laws today and went through a big box of my wife's old comics. About 97% of these were Riverdale related, and a few of them had skateboard related covers. The best of the lot was this gem, issue no. 4 of The New Archies from 1988. This is apparently a tie-in for a "top rated" cartoon of the same name that ran for 1 season in 1987. It looks like the classic "kids" version of a show that is always terrible (with the obvious exception of The Muppet Babies). The cover features Reggie pulling a frontside air on a deck with mirrored griptape while a mulleted Archie looks on. They look like they are on a pretty nice doubles run though. Check out Jughead's sweet hot dog grip job in the background. Unfortunately there are no stories inside that feature skating.
This is as good a time as any to post the unofficial BPA theme song by the Riverdales:
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Bad Antics' self-titled debut 7" EP features a rather crudely drawn skeletal invert. It looks like he is riding an old Gator complete with tailbone. This EP was released on CD in 2006 and then on vinyl in 2007. It features 2 songs about skating: "Skate or Die" and "In the Deep End" (tracks 3 and 4 respectively). Bad Antics hail from Southern California and are still active.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mickey returns for his second appearance, this time in pin form (his last appearance was as a bendable figure). It looks like Mickey is dropping in on some sketchy transition. There is not much info on this pin online but what I did find said it was from the '90s and from Euro-Disney.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Squinkies is a game made up of tiny figures that you put into gumball machine type plastic spheres and then roll some dice. I didn't finish reading the directions so I have no idea how to play but I think there some sort of battle going on. There are 3 series, each with the same figures in different color schemes. These guys are from series 2. These were originally sold at Target but they clearly didn't sell very well because they all ended up at Goodwill.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Doggy Style's debut LP Side by Side was released in 1985 on Flipside Records. The cover features a bunch of decks, a drawing of the band, and graffiti style logo. All of these factors add up to a seemingly questionable release, which is probably why I passed on this so many times at RTX in College Park, MD. My friend finally convinced me I needed it ("Dude, it's got "Rookie Cop" on it!") but told me to steer clear of the later LP with the Duane Peters cover (which was always in the bin). This album is a mix of some pretty decent punk tracks and a few not-so-good funky tracks. It's definitely their most solid release and probably the only one that anyone needs (although I also have the previously featured Live at Sun City 12"). Check out the aforementioned "Rookie Cop" as well as "Skate Party" below.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
PoppyPawz is a Dizzy Dancer, which is apparently just an animal stuck on a top. In addition to his frightening smile and appearance he also makes noises and lights up his tail when you touch his face. He comes with a "Swirlin' Skateboard" to spin on. Judging by the pastel colors and failed attempt at cuteness I guess this is supposed to be marketed to girls.