(and a sort of top 10 list) The credits section. What is it? Well, naturally it’s where you would give credit to the anybody/anything responsible for creating the video. Producers, directors, filmers, skaters, moms, dads, chicks, pets, booze, etc. etc. Anything that had any role in the making of the video, really. What perhaps started as a formal documentation of those who have rights to the video, slowly evolved into a sort of written-out hollywood acceptance speech.
The fact that I have to reflect on credits section is a testament to the lack thereof today. They have of course faded away along with the concept of a full length video and attention spans that last more than 15 seconds at best. It makes sense, though. I mean, in a world where we can google any video, part, or trick that we want to see, and access it immediately, what is the point of sitting to watch a full video? Well - I’ll tell you.
The credits sections in skate videos were really incomparable. If the video was the show, these were the bloopers/ making of /and behind-the-scenes all wrapped up into one short (or not so short) section, with, usually, an incredible song that really made you feel something.
You may argue that videos today still have credits sections. The new Static videos, the Plan B video, etc. And you’re right. But what I see here is really just a ghost of credits sections past. The teams don’t feel like teams, they feel like a bunch of guys who happen to get tossed into filming missions with one another. Luckily they all have iPhones so that they never really have to get to know each other or God forbid enjoy one another’s company. Plus they can get all of the best B-roll of them checking Instagram. Great. Even in the rare event that there is a group of skaters that feel like they actually skate together, it’s usually just extended internet clips, or the good stuff is just sent straight to the gram.
This whole thought really started last week when Leland and I were talking, as we always do, about our favorite songs from credits sections. We put together a sort-of ‘top ten’ list, but I think that these better serve as benchmarks for what a credits section should be. Either way, here’s a few of our favorites, and ones that will hopefully touch you deep down inside.
10.) Harsh Euro Barge
Song: “Point of View” by DB Boulevard
I know, I know, we’ve been over this one, but seriously it’s one of the best credits sections of all time.
9.) Yeah Right!
Song: “Don’t Let The Man Get You Down” by Fatboy Slim
It is vital to note that the song listed is THE ORIGINAL and not the version that was changed for the DVD, which I’m not even going to link or mention. Biebel and the crew make it too easy, just lobbing Ty softballs and letting him knock them out of the park. This one is just another classic that we all know and love.
8.) PJ Ladd’s WHL
Song: “My Way” by Sid Vicious, and "The Universal", by Blur
What are we not going to include WHL? Not going to sound like an old guy running through name drops and cameo’s but let’s just say we were all undeniably touched when The Universal came on. We even bonded with Jereme.
7.) Really Sorry
Song: “One” by Johnny Cash
I hear you, “uh...hey, there’s no footage in this credits section.” I know. This one makes the list because of the song. I remember hearing this, and “Hurt” by Johnny Cash around this time, and something about the aging Johnny was just powerful. Think about it, he made a U2 song palatable. We’ll call this one the one that throws objectivity aside and really just makes the list as a personal preference.
6.) Four Star SF
Song: “Too Young” by Phoenix
Ty up to his old antics, turning a 13 minute photo shoot into a 20+ minute video with an extended credits section. This was a few years before Phoenix really rose to popularity, which is no surprise because Ty is always ahead of the curve. This is a short video so if you haven’t seen it before I HIGHLY recommend. Gonz, PJ, Max, Smyth, Koston, BA and the rest of the boys. Seriously killer line-up and the Gonz invisible spray can bit is incredible.
5.) Bon Appetit
Song: “Love Cliche” by Bran Van 3000
Okay - so I was on the fence about including this one for 2 reasons.
A.) Can’t find the actual video on the internet (please help if you can).
B.) Really might not be the best credits/b-roll, etc.
BUT. This is absolutely undoubtedly the most fitting song. It’s like when you’re playing Cards Against Humanity and somebody throws down a card that is literal, and perhaps unfunny, but you have to pick it because it’s just too perfect. Also - it’s a feel-good song that you’ll probably want to listen to again.
4.) This Is Skateboarding
Song: “Tracy” by Mogwai
Chris Senn’s line, shifty flip B-roll, and the assisted flip (where Reynolds rides behind Herman, Herman pops, and Reynolds flips the board) all make this a classic section. If you were anywhere between 8 and 18 at this time you wanted to be these guys. You competed with Spanky and Herman, and revered the Boss. Using Mogwai doesn’t hurt either.
3.) Virtual Reality
Song: “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, and “Here Comes the Sun” by a homeless guy
Ternasky at his best. Pretty much pioneering credits sections. Chock full of Carroll quotes, Colin and Danny antics, and of course the real take away, Rick Howard singing Here Comes the Sun with a homeless guy. Beautiful.
Song: “TNT” by Tortoise
We recently saw a Tribute to Jason Dill’s kickflip over the 2 cans. Nice. This is absolutely one of the most legendary credits sections. As we know Dill’s part wraps up the video, and then there is just a seamless transition into the credits. Polyethylene fades out just as the opening riff to TNT comes in and jeez it couldn’t have been done better. Hats off Castrucci, you nailed this one, as you did with many others.
1.) Man Down
Song: “Jacking the Ball” by The Sea and Cake
Well who would’ve guessed, Man Down makes the top of yet another skate video list. Yeah, perhaps predictable, but let’s be honest with ourselves, this is the top tier. I’m just going to wrap this whole article up with one final thought. The thing that makes these credits sections work is that they are inclusive, rather than exclusive. You felt like you could party with these guys, and that if you met them, they’d be down to have you as part of their crew. The Pyramid Country boys seem rad, but it feels like they’re doing their own thing, and the New York guys are just too cool. But Tiltmode. <3
Osiris: Subject To Change
The credits and also the tour section that comes as a bonus on the DVD are both amazing. THEY USED TOTO.
If only for Bob’s kickflip indy sit down, and Koston’s combos, and McCrank’s boardslide while drinking a soda.
7 Year Glitch
Classic Ricky O, Kenny Reed, and Fabrizio footage.
I picked between this and Photosynthesis, and really only picked the latter because it came out first, and because I’ve talked about Mosaic before. FYI the song for the Mosaic credits is Northwest Passage, by Papa M.
Jackie Wants a Black Eye is really just a great song for a credits section, and Jackson Casey makes really good videos.
All Antihero Videos
I've never seen a bad Antihero video, I love them all. They didn't make the list for one particular reason. They lack an emphasis on the credits section. The Antihero style tailors itself in a way that the videos themselves ordinarily have a ton b-roll in the actual parts, so by the time the credits come, you already feel like you've bonded with the boys. Big shout out to the 18, though, for keeping it real and being perhaps the only crew that still feels genuine and not doing it for the internet.