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Various: Lords Of Dogtown [soundtrack]Lords Of Dogtown [soundtrack] (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Punk rock and skateboard culture have always owed a lot to each other. Their relationship can be traced way back to the origins of skateboarding itself, and it continues to the present day. Movies about skateboarding tend not to fare as well as the music that surrounds its culture, but exceptions ex.
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Punk rock and skateboard culture have always owed a lot to each other. Their relationship can be traced way back to the origins of skateboarding itself, and it continues to the present day. Movies about skateboarding tend not to fare as well as the music that surrounds its culture, but exceptions exist. Lords Of Dogtown might, or might not be one of those movies. I'm not going to lie and say I've seen it, as I haven't, but I have given fair chance to the soundtrack.

Consisting mostly of music first released in the same time period that the Z-Boys were making a name for themselves, the soundtrack offers a pretty diverse and pretty impressive range of musical acts.

Shifting between the origins of metal, a godfather of punk rock, and one of America's most prolific singers, there's really at least one track on here for everyone. The problem is with flow. How are David Bowie and Black Sabbath going to come one after the other; how are people going to feel about listening to the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix? If they like good music, at my estimation, they'll do just fine. This soundtrack is chock full -- 16 tracks -- of great, classic songs. Black Sabbath's iconic "Iron Man" is right alongside Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," and what's more, it works. I definitely had my doubts about how this collection of musicians and songs would flow together, but all my doubts are put to rest.

The one point of contention is the inclusion of Rise Against's "Nervous Breakdown."The song itself is much more akin to a skateboarding movie soundtrack than David Bowie or Sweet, but since they decided to go that route, Rise Against is left feeling a bit out of place. The punk rock spirit is well represented indeed, but cuts by Social Distortion and Iggy Pop really would have sufficed just fine in this instance. The bulk of the music, however, is made up by some solid classic rock tunes. Joe Walsh's "Turn to Stone," Deep Purple's "Space Truckin," and Foghat's "I Just Want To Make Love to You" all sound just as good as they did when the term "new" could be used when referring to them.

What at first looks like a real mismatch in track selection comes together very nicely. Classic rock, metal, and punk are all represented to perfectly fit the era of the Z-Boys. I can't say much for the movie, but if soundtracks are your thing, I see no reason not to enjoy this one.

 

 
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BrandonSideleau (September 4, 2005)

I think skateboarding went the way of the mohawk and the male earring......or as George Carlin put it "....these things are designed to piss off the mainstream, and since they now ARE mainstream.....whats the fuckin point?"

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Kinda like Spiderman vs. Spiderman 2...joking...i hate movies.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Movie is lame. I like the documentary much better.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I saw THE NEW LOWS on thursday Night in NYC. These guys put on one hell of a show. Download their FREE EP @ www.thenewlows.net The price is right.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

Skateboarding was so much cooler when it was a crime, and not a fucking sport. I remember the look on my mom's face when I told her I wanted a skateboard at age 6 (this was in 1988) - that look was comparable to asking her for a 6 pack of High Life. Nowadays, mom has matching elbow pads just like junior and they all go to the corporate skatepark and bond....fuck THAT.

-Ken

Dante3000 (September 3, 2005)

Woah, I hope my comment wasn't missunderstood. I haven't seen the movie at all. I just wasn't a fan of the documentary. That isn't to say it's bad (maybe it is) but it didn't do anything for me. But yes, this movie looks like recycled ass hair dolls. But I was serious about Gleaming the Cube that movie rules your soul.
-Dante

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 3, 2005)

documentary=good.
movie=fucking terrible.

you fuckers will think this sounds "elitist" cause i like the indie documentary and not the mainstream movie, but it's true.

BrandonSideleau (September 2, 2005)

I thought the documentary was cool to, but the movie looks a bit weak....i might be wrong though, i have before.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

when i was in highschool, seemed like the majority of skaters were trendy hiphop wiggers. they were all into the rap. that is, the kids that were big into skating...not every kid with a skateboard. but maybe that was just my school/area

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

The documentary was great. I don't even give two fucks about skateboarding, but it was really informative and entertaining. I don't thing it really dragged things out, since very few documentaries (out of the three I've seen) about skating seem to touch on its roots as asphalt surfing.

-Will

BrandonSideleau (September 2, 2005)

The only time punk rock and skateboarding had something in common was in the early 80's......before then it hadn't been connected, and it surely is not now....since skating has become a trendy mainstream sport.

Dante3000 (September 2, 2005)

So wait is the only punk band on here RA doing Black Flag? That's the only one I remember reading (not like my memory is too great). I guess that's cool but not what I would have expected. In another note the documentary was complite shite. How long can you strech out, "We were surfers, but you couldn't surf all the time, so we took up skateboarding." And then they did it in pools and blah blah blah.
Save your time and watch Gleaming the Cube .
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

thanks...i like that song alot...but yeah, doesnt really belong on this

- jones

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

The one thing I was struck by in this movie was the music. The film really goes nowhere, but the soundtrack is great.

Same thing with the Dogtown and Z Boys documentary.

Anchors (September 2, 2005)

"Suffraggette City," Jones.

stevejonestherealbones (September 2, 2005)

what bowie song is it?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

gladimnotemo (September 2, 2005)

Again, punk rock and skateboarding weren't really happening when the main stuff in Dogtown took place...at least I'm pretty sure.

I saw this movie twice, and I thought it was really good, except the Rise Against part - a fake stage band would have been so much better. They cannot do Black Flag justice.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

why Iron Man and not Laguna Sunrise

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

I surf the South Bay (Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach)

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

Any other surfers from California?

* they should start a message board at punknews.org

I surf in Laguna btw

BrandonSideleau (September 2, 2005)

Not a bad soundtrack (with the exception of Rise Against's horrid BF cover), but I fail to see how this has ANY real connection to the site at all. I mean, love Sabbath and Hendrix, but if I wrote a review on Paranoid would it really get posted?

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

I just saw the doco that this movie was based on yesturday. It was alright, nothing worth shitting your pants over, like everyone seemed to be doing.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

"Joe Walsh's 'Turn to Stone,' Deep Purple's 'Space Truckin,' and Foghat's 'I Just Want To Make Love to You' all sound just as good as they did when the term 'new' could be used when referring to them."

"Joe Walsh's 'Turn to Stone,' Deep Purple's 'Space Truckin,' and Foghat's 'I Just Want To Make Love to You' all sound just as good as they did when they were new."

Honestly.

Score is for Social D.

Anonymous (September 2, 2005)

dude, this SOOOOOooooo did not to get reviewed! There's a pile of perfectly good records waiting to get reviewed there I'm sure...why THIS?

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