Top 5 Welsh Skate Video Soundtracks

by Dan Bunn

Seeing as Radio 6 Music Festival is coming to Cardiff this weekend, we rounded up some of the best Welsh soundtracks in skate videos from over the years.

From Shirley Bassey to Stereophonics, if evoking Welsh patriotism is going to make you watch some of these classic videos then Cymru am byth.

PJ Ladd's Wonderful, Horrible Life (2002)

A Boston skate shop video may seem like an unlikely place to find a Welsh soundtrack but the intro montage makes excellent use of Stereophonics banger, 'More Life In A Tramp's Vest'. While 'PJ Ladd's Wonderful, Horrible Life' is most commonly associated with that PJ Ladd part, the video's stacked with other legends including a young Alexis Sablone, Ryan Gallant, and Jereme Rogers (although Jereme Rogers has since had his legend status revoked).

Chris Jones - Eleventh Hour (2013)

2 Welsh legends for the price of one. Chris Jones skating to Shirley Bassey is a thing of beauty. Throw Jake Harris' filming into the mix and you've got a recipe for a very lovely time. Chris handles business weaving together delightfully smooth lines through audibly crusty spots, and making hefty deposits at various banks along the way. Shame there's not more Welsh spots to complete the trinity.

Andrew Wilson and Cyrus Bennett - Trust Fall (2019)

Two of New York's finest skating to the soothing sounds of John Cale, what more could you want? John Cale's arguably one of the most influential Welsh artists of all time (sorry Tom Jones), having co-founded The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed as well as being a successful solo musician and even producing albums for countless legendary bands, including The Happy Mondays. While this ballad is a far-cry from some of the edgier songs Cyrus has skated to (we get it, you listen to grindcore) it gives the part a sense of grandeur that the use of Spazz arguably lacks.

Homies - Shep Dawgs Vol. 3 (2012)

Renowned skate-rockers, the Shep Dawgs boys pay their respects to Cardiff-based heavy metal band, Budgie, in the homies section of their Volume 3 video. Budgie have been cited as one of the earliest heavy metal bands and, while they're not exactly a household name for most, their music has gone on to influence many of the biggest names in metal including Metallica, Ironmaiden, and Alice In Chains. The Shep Dawgs are clearly pretty big fans as well as they also use a Budgie track in Shep Dawgs Vol. 2 and the trailer for Vol. 3.With cameos from legends like Nick Boserio and Jon Dickson, hilarious stair skating antics, and some bangin' homie clips, this Friends section is guaranteed to get you hyped.

Chima Ferguson - Spinning Away (2018)

Set to the tune of John Cale and Brian Eno's 'Spinning Away', Chima's last part is epic skating set to an epic tune. We couldn't really not include it in this list seeing as the video's named after the song. Chima unleashes banger after banger from stonkin' switch varials to beefy boardslides. But what makes the part even more mental is the fact that, despite being 29 when he dropped this absolute belter, he followed it up with an even more hectic part 3 years later at the ripe old age of 32. The man doesn't stop. 

Honourable Mentions

Crayon Summer Tour (2010)

The list wouldn't be complete without mentioning iconic Welsh brand, Crayon. They used a Super Furry Animals track in the 2010 Summer Tour video but unfortunately there's no trace of it on the web. So, unless anyone's got a link, you'll have to use your imagination for this one.

Jake Duncombe - What If? Bonus Part (2005)

Obviously we had to include some Tom Jones too. Surprisingly enough it was kinda hard to find many people who've skated to Sir Tom, so you'll have to make do with this bonus part of Jake Duncombe from Blind's 'What If?'.

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