We have a lot to thank Tony Hawk for. Aside from changing the way the world looked at skateboarding, his games taught about SO much good music. So we thought it only right to look back on the best of the best.
AFI - THE BOY WHO DESTROYED THE WORLD
Back before they were the seductive slow burners they are these days, AFI were one of the scrappiest and most exciting punk bands out there. Though many think of 'Miss Murder' when those three letters are mentioned, we think of shredding to this bonafide classic.
GOLDFINGER - SUPERMAN
He may be producer and close friend to all your favourite bands now, but Goldfinger was how John Feldmann cut his teeth. 'Superman's' appearance on the first Pro Skater was the perfect introduction to such a legend.
BAD RELIGION - YOU
It doesn't get much more legendary than Bad Religion when it comes to punk, but it was thanks to Tony Hawk that this 1989 classic was able to be heard by a whole new generation of ears.
FLOGGING MOLLY - DRUNKEN LULLABIES
Riproaring folk-punk doesn't get much more iconic than Flogging Molly and this drinking anthem was the perfect soundtrack to all of those hours of trying to nail that special kickflip superman
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - GUERRILLA RADIO
You: "Killing In The Name' is the most iconic RATM song."
Us, a set of intellectuals:
LESS THAN JAKE - ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE METALHEADS
Imagine if this slice of ska-punk majestry had never been the backing to us tearing round the bowl for hours on end. What sort of people would we be today? We would certainly be skanking less, that's for sure.
ANTHRAX & PUBLIC ENEMY - BRING THE NOISE
When the leaders of very different worlds collide in the most perfect way possible. Rap-rock was never the same.
DEAD KENNEDYS - POLICE TRUCK
Seriously, Tony was spoiling us when he was putting these soundtracks together. No feeling like breaking 100,000 to the sound of punk-rock royalty.
CKY - 96 QUITE BITTER BEINGS
Altogether now: "BERNADETTE NERE"
ZEBRAHEAD - CHECK
Record scratches, frantic riffing and huge pop-punk choruses. There's no better song to completely deck it to again and again.
ALIEN ANT FARM - WISH
Many think of that 'Smooth Criminal' cover when you bring up Alien Ant Farm. Those of us glued to our Playstations for endless summers know much better.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - ASTRO ZOMBIES
This Misfits cover appeared on American Wasteland, and honestly? What an absolute banger.