The Short List:  The Best Of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

The Short List: The Best Of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a video game series made by some bloody clever people. I'm not referring to the design - the controls, graphics, gameplay - I am, of course, referring to the music. The folks who picked the songs that would loop incessantly on every single Tony Hawk game are discerning individuals to say the least. They've made skating games culturally relevant and damn near eternally likable. Almost all of us have played a Tony Hawk game installment over the last decade, and we all have our select tunes. Here are the favourites of The Dwarf staff:

5. Police Truck - Dead Kennedys

'Police Truck' featured on the first ever Tony Hawk's Pro Skater back in 1999. Those white-hot, piercing guitar lines. Jello Biafra's cackles. "How we ride," indeed.

4. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver - Primus

Primus' music as a catalogue is simply great to virtually skate to. 'Jerry Was A Race Car Driver' suites simulated grabs and flips and stacks better than most guitar music you'll hear today. It must be the barpy plunked Claypool bass.

3. If You Must - Del The Funky Homosapien

Ah, aged hip-hop. Ah, Del. 'If You Must' is taken from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, and aside from providing valuable discussion w/r/t the importance of personal hygiene the tune seems to encourage the rhythmic execution of programmed leg-break sequences more fervently than most.

2. Midlife Crisis - Faith No More

'Midlife Crisis' is so blatantly aggressive it naturally coalesces with the premise of Tony Hawk's Underground 2: Destruction indiscriminate. That aside we've all hummed "You're perfect, yes, it's true" ironically while making Bob Burnquist fall over on purpose because his sunnies are dumb.

1. Audio Two - Top Billin'

"Milk is chillin', Giz is chillin', what more can I say? Top billin'". So punchy. So quotable. So seminal. And to think if I'd never played Tony Hawk's Underground 2 I'd have to wait another decade to sample some Audio Two. Whoa.


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