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Lords Of Dogtown [soundtrack] (2005)


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.