Snowboard History

Shr-Edit: The A to Z of Snowboard Films


Choice of music can make or break a movie. Done right, it can elevate the riding to another level, creating iconic moments that you relive every time the tune pops upon your iPod. Done wrong, it’ll have you reaching for the remote quicker than you can say ‘Wagner’. The context matters too– a tune that works for the moody opening titles might not suit your hammer throwing ender, and you’ll want the credits to leave you in a happy place.

That still leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and what goes into snowboard soundtracks has changed a hell of a lot over the years. In the Creatures of Habit days, only the deathliest of death metal made the cut – bands like Anthrax and Rocket From The Crypt. Then things settled down into a diet of obscure west coast punk with suitably fast-paced guitars to suit the riding (Lagwagon, Hammerbox etc.) before the gangster/jibbing movement ushered in a rap-based wigga era.

Robot Food are often credited for tearing up the ‘non-stop banger’ script and putting the fun back into shred films by including the everyday, goofball antics that would normally wind up on the cutting room floor. A major part of what made their concept work, though, was their canny choice of songs – we can pretty much thank Robot Food for making camp 80s retro and electronic euro pop cool. Just how on the ball they were is shown by After lame’s use of Heartbeats by The Knife, which thus became familiar to snowboarders long before Sony chose a Jose Gonzalez cover for their ‘bouncing balls’ TV ad.

Today, snowboard movies are an eclectic mix of rock n roll, punk, metal, pop, electro and everything in between, but the importance of getting that mix right remains.

Best snowboard tunes of all time? That’d be:

5. ‘ I Wanna Rock!’ by Twisted Sister for the opening of The Resistance

4. ‘ White Unicorn’ by Wolf mother for Jeremy Jones in Draw the Line

3. ‘ Float On’ by Modest Mouse for Travis Rice in Pop

2. ‘ Ante Up’ by M.O.P for JP Walker in True Life

1. ‘ Paranoid Android’ by Radiohead for Romain de Marchi in Vivid (see above)

And the worst? Surely Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’ for JP Walker in Shakedown?!

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