Skate or… do something else

Well. They’ve only gone and re-released Stupids’ Peruvian Vacation, remastered and with another fifteen or so tracks – which has sent me back to 1985 and my temporary thing for skatepunk. I couldn’t ride a skateboard during the second wave of interest in falling off a bit of moving wood, but I did like the poppier end of the hardcore thrash that went with it. Stupids (the ‘The’ is a shibboleth that is FROWNED UPON by humourless sk8ter bois – sorry, skaters)  were very much the right mix of speed and fun, the Banana Splits teenage rush mixed with US hardcore. This is a great album and it has reminded me how much fun you can have when you’re sixteen, watching your mates skinning their knees in the summer sun. Stupids, I salute you.

Two crackers from this album – one sort-of cover of a very famous song and one that’s not recommended if you have a trip to the dentists coming up. I could have added a few more but… Plus a skate anthem from the more straight-down-the-line-and-more-metal Suicidal Tendencies. In all its crackly 7″ goodness. Includes the line “If it ain’t insane then you can’t get rad”, which might be true for all I know. Have a little mosh, on your own if need be. You’ll thank me for it.

Born To Built To Grind‘ – Stupids – Peruvian Vacation

Always Never Fun‘ – Stupids – Peruvian Vacation

Possessed To Skate‘ – Suicidal Tendencies – Possessed To Skate 7″

God knows about Suicidal Tendencies, but you can buy this highly recommended Stupids product here.


About jkneale

BothBarsOn's London correspondent.

Posted on August 14, 2008, in Album reviews, where are they now pile and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What other ungodly flirtations have you indulged in? Mind you, I can’t talk…

  2. Well, I claim time and place as excuses – the Herts/Beds borders weren’t exactly the fashion centre of anywhere in the mid-80s, were they? As you know…

  3. Brilliant stuff. Had Stupids album on a tape somewhere at some point, but long since lost. Love it.

    the kids of today wouldn’t [something or other]

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