Ready for a kickflip manual down memory lane? Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, now that’s nostalgia. Good news for all the millennials getting excited right now. In September 2020, PlayStation re-issued the original game, and, to celebrate this, we forged a Tony Hawk Pro Skater Channel. So, after you’ve finished your 360 Flip Benihana + Rodney Mullen Darkslide Handstand + the longest manual you’ve ever pulled, let’s make some noise.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater
One thing is for sure, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack is punk rock, ska and hip-hop at its best. It delivers that high-intensity rawness and adrenaline that you need to pull off your 900 + manual + 360 McTwist + manual + Misty Flip. There’s just something about hearing the first chords of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck” that gets you in the zone.
Fun fact: The track “Superman” by Goldfinger is the unofficial theme song of the whole Tony Hawk franchise. Which doesn’t come as a surprise when listening to the first seconds of the track. Your mind turns to game mode instantly, whether you’re playing or not: “Doing everything I caaaan…”
And the high-octane sounds of songs like Speedealer’s “Screamer (Nothing to Me)” provide you with enough inspiration to figure out all the secret areas and special tricks. (We’ll give one away: grind the chopper’s blades to get outside in The Hangar.) While the ska-punk tunes from “New Girl” by The Suicide Machines make you jump higher and drop in faster.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater live
How about another fun fact? Yeah, why not. We’re not the only fans of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack. The band John Coffey did a skate park tour in 2016 where they played all their Tony Hawk favorites. It was a trip down memory lane for an entire generation of gamers and skaters, including John Coffey guitarist and vocalist Alfred. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to tour around and kick out “You” by Bad Religion in front of a group of hyped up skaters that can sing along with every line.
The soundtrack of the game’s sequel is a bit more diverse in style than its predecessor. Alternative rock tracks like Papa Roach’s “Blood Brothers” are alternated with hip-hop influenced groove rock like Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerilla Radio” and good old punk rock songs like “Heavy Metal Winner” by Consumed.
You don’t have to be a gamer
If you’re not much of a gamer, don’t worry! You’ll miss the feeling nostalgia, but you’ll still be left with a classic collection of alternative hits chock-full of great punk, ska and rock songs ranging from beginner to intermediate and pro level. Tracks that kicked ass on a nineties school yard and separated the jocks from the skaters.
So, learning to jam to these gems is an opportunity to try out something different. The fun part about most of these songs is that they’re real bangers and not that hard to play. You just need to turn your amplifier up to eleven. Check it out for yourself. Enjoy, and as always, happy jamming!