Remember when MTV used to play music videos? Me too, and it makes me sad to think of the great times I used to have vegging out on my couch watching music videos all day eating shitty snacks and dreaming of someday being in a band. Anyway, I just saw a recent Patrick O’Dell directed video for the Cass McCombs song, “Morning Star” and it got me thinking about some other memorable skate based music videos that I’ve seen in the past. Here are five that get me hyped. — Chris Cote
Sonic Youth “100%”
By far my favorite skate style music video by one of my favorite bands ever. Jason Lee stars in this vingette which was directed by Spike Jonze and Tamra Davis. Sickest skate based music video ever. Note the proper Jason Lee tre-flip at the 2:25 mark.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers “Free Fallin”
I would never think a girl doing fakies on a halfpipe could sexually arouse me so much. I was a young teen when this came out and I’d be lying if I said I never spanked it to the girl in spandex doing fakies.
Cass McCombs “Morning Star”
This is a wonderful song that now has a fantastic music video, edited by Patrick O’Dell (of Epicly Later’d). This is the newest of the skate based videos I’ve seen and I think it’s done really well.
I’ll never forget being a youngster seeing this video on MTV for the first time, I was so psyched! I remember watching the show “120 Minutes” every week hoping they’d play this video.
Calexico “Convict Pool”
No skate action here, but a cool stop motion jailhouse style illustration of an incarcerated skater’s dream of freedom. Listen to the lyrics of this song. It’s not easy to talk about skateboarding in a song without sounding corny, but Calexico pulls it off brilliantly.