Spermbirds – my god rides a skateboard

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If you would ask me, what is the best-known song out of Germany with a connection to skateboarding, I´d say “My god rides a skateboard” by the hardcore/punk band Spermbirds from Kaiserslautern.

There were a couple of other well-known songs like “Skateboard Uh-ah-ah” by 70s pop-rocker Benny or “Skateboarding is not a crime” and “Skate tonight” by Berlin´s skatepunk band Disaster Area [sic] or “Concrete criminals” by Ingolstadt´s Nikoteens, but I guess “My god rides a skateboard” got a bit more recognition worldwide.

The song was released in 1985 on X-Mist Records for the first time on the Spermbirds / Walter Elf 7”. Spermbirds recorded two more songs “Shit rolls downhill” and “She´s got V.D.” for this record. Walter Elf, something like a brother band of the Spermbirds with a pretty similar line-up had two fun-punk tracks on the flipside.

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The split-7” had two different cover variations. In late 2012 Rookie records re-released the 7” again. The cover artwork is based (at least a bit) on the second edition with the skateboarder.

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Limited to 500 copies.

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Thanks to Rookie Records for the scans of the 1st and the 2nd edition.

6 Comments

  1. swelbow on February 4, 2013 - Reply

    Their ‘Something to Prove’ record is pretty killer too

  2. Yeah But on February 4, 2013 - Reply

    Shirley Someone skates better.

  3. Bart's Granddad on February 4, 2013 - Reply

    Their name puts me in mind of something I did when I was fourteen and had chickenpox. In a conscious parody of prejudice, I decided that butterflies were “faggotbirds” and needed to be destroyed, so I crawled around the yard with a can of WD40 and a lighter, trying to incinerate them from a distance. I don’t think I quite got any, though. Damn faggotbirds….

  4. LOVE these dudes!

  5. talentlessquitter on February 17, 2013 - Reply

    Nice C-Kadett.

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