Here’s hoping you like your Tuesdays with a hearty dose of nostalgia.
As anyone who came of age in the early 2000s can tell you, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” was more than a video game — it was a way of life.
When the aforementioned interactive masterpiece was released on Sept. 29, 1999, it changed the video game landscape forever. Both it and its sequel (Pro Skater 2) sold over a million copies on the PlayStation in 2000. The gravitational pull of the Hawk games was the only thing strong enough to derail a quest to catch Pokemon and replace it with a desire to do kickflips and don cutoff jeans.
While many strongly associate Goldfinger’s “Superman” with the OG game (track No. 4 on the soundtrack, No. 1 in our hearts) there was another song that perfectly encapsulated our collective early 2000s angst from the Pro Skater 2 soundtrack: “No Cigar” by Millencolin.
Last week, Hawk — who recently lent his own blood to a line of limited edition skateboards (unrelated, but it felt worth mentioning) — appeared in a new cover of the song you used to blast from your CD player.
The skateboarding legend sings lead vocals as he effortlessly skates his way through the music video. The Birdman was joined on guitar by Mikey Hawdon of Fairmounts, as well as Millencolin’s Nikola Sarcevic on bass, pro skater Steve Caballero on a guitar (shaped like a skateboard), and Punk Rock Karaoke and former Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfeiffer.
The vibe of the video is immaculate as the aesthetic is designed to look like Pro Skater 2. The graphics include an overall score for each of the “players” as well as a special trick bar that slowly loads throughout the video.
Anybody else have a sudden urge to hit up Hot Topic?
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