An unnamed Domino Records band wants to shoot a music video in an empty pool in the L.A. area. They say it will take a good day of shooting, so it sounds like it will need to be a permission pool. I told the rep that it sounded like a lazy scam to find an empty pool to skate, but he assured me it was legit. They need skaters too, and there will be some sort of compensation involved. You can contact Robert Nell if you want to hook him up. In the mean time, let’s revisit a brief (incomplete) history of skateboarding in pool like structures in music videos. In the top row there are two shots from the current running band AFS (Arthritic Foot Soldiers) that has a video shot in a wooden bowl for the song “Chicks, Beer, Fame & Money” off the album Immature Nobodies. Check out the longboard guitar. It’s an interesting application, but not nearly as well done as the one featured on the cover of the Surf Punks first album My Beach. Then of course there is the grandaddy of all bowl riding skate videos, any of Agent Orange’s segments from SkateVisions. Another time tested favorite, the Netherland’s Urban Dance Squad video for “Deeper shade of Soul.” Watch them all after the jump.
UPDATE: I forgot about the very first one, Devo‘s Freedom of Choice from 1979. I’m an idiot.
A brief history of bowl Skating in music videos, in chronological order.
Devo – “Freedom of Choice” from Freedom of Choice – 1980
Agent Orange in SkateVisions -1984
Still from the video shoot, found on Absolutzine.
“Possessed To Skate” from the Suicidal Tendencies album Join The Army -1987
Urban Dance Squad – “Deeper Shade Of Soul” from Mental Floss for the Globe – 1990
I’ll admit it. This video from 1990 made me buy the album, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Ben Harper video for “Ground on Down” from Fight for Your Mind – 1995
AFS – “Chicks, Beer, Fame & Money” from Immature Nobodies – 2009
Yeah, that guitar is OK, but the far superior version belongs to Drew Steele of the Surf Punks. It does appear in this scene from Urgh! A Music War, but it’s hard to see with all the compression. I don’t think there is a better picture of that. Maybe I’ll dig up the old vinyl copy and see. I love these guys. I’ve got My beach ion cassette, two different vinyl versions, and CD. I have a problem. One last thing, that sure is one clean cut “punk” crowd in the video shoot at the Whiskey.