THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 1 tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1983

1. LOS OLVIDADOS "Listen To You"
2. THE BIG BOYS "Red/Green"
3. RIOT .303 "Murder The Prime Minister"
4. MINUS ONE "Bored Of It"
5. THE FACTION "A.U.K."
6. SKOUNDRELZ "Exterminator"
7. DRUNK INJUNS "Program"
8. J.F.A. "Great Equalizer"
9. RIOT .303 "Skate Punx"
10. MINUS ONE "I Remember John"
11. LOS OLVIDADOS "Don't Cry"
12. MINUS ONE "The Kids Don't Skate Here"
13. SKOUNDRELZ "Jimmy Closet"
14. RIOT .303 "Depression Session"
15. DRUNK INJUNS "Your Mama"
16. BLACK ATHLETES "Die Laughing"
17. THE FACTION "Boredom Awaits"
18. LOS OLVIDADOS "You're Dull"
19. MINUS ONE "Nick of Time"
20. RIOT .303 "Nightmares of Another Kind"
21. DRUNK INJUNS "Pumpshank"
Reviews:

The inception compilation to the series. Yep, this is the one that, started it all off, and I wouldn't exactly say with that much to shout about. Granted, it's by no means a bad compilation, but subsequent later volumes were much better, and this doesn't really epitomize the whole 'skate rock' sound. It's mostly filled pretty typical California sounding punk (again, not a bad thing), but it doesn't get me all fired up and wanting to shred. Standouts include such obvious choices as the Faction, The Big Boys, J.F.A., and Riot .303 is pretty decent too.
-ERIK SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 2: BLAZING WHEELS AND BARKING TRUCKS LP/tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1984

1. McRAD "Prevent This Tragedy"
2. T.S.O.L. "Other Side"
3. BIG BOYS "Lesson"
4. ANVIL CHORUS "Blue Flames"
5. THE FACTION "Friends And Enemies"
6. KINGPINS "Ready To Flip"
7. LOS OLVIDADOS "Something New"
8. BORSCHT "Bye-Bye"
9. FREE BEER "Pigs In Space"
10. J.F.A. "Beach Blanket Bongout"
11. J.F.A. "Johnny D"
12. T.S.O.L. "In Time"
13. FREE BEER "Start the Ark"
14. TALES OF TERROR "Gods from Outer Space"
15. ANCESTORS: GODS OF SOUND "Treasures of Mankind"
16. BIG BOYS "Assault"
17. McRAD "Tomorrow's Headlines"
18. BORSCHT "Enemy"
19. DRUNK INJUNS "She Gots a Gun"
Reviews:

Great tape right here for all you skaters out there. A definite improvement over the first one. Like the first tape, it really has a California feel to it, and i think most the bands on it are from Cali anyway. I like that a lot about these tapes. McRad, J.F.A., Big Boys, Borscht, and the Faction all step up big time here. Pretty good all the way through with only a few exceptions. Definitely worth your time.
-ERIK SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 3: WILD RIDERS OF BOARDS tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1985

1. SLAM "Wild Riders of Boards"
2. BONELESS ONES "The Keg Kept A Flowin"
3. CHRIST ON PARADE "Don't Draft Me"
4. SEPTIC DEATH "Thaw (Cold War)"
5. SLAM "Jorden Den Ar Var"
6. NO RULES "The Fall"
7. CHRIST ON PARADE "My Life"
8. BEYOND POSSESSION "Skater's Life"
9. SEPTIC DEATH "Burial"
10. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY "What?"
11. ACCUSED Take "No Prisoners"
12. BEYOND POSSESSION "My Disease"
13. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY "Not For Me"
14. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY "Citizen"
15. ACCUSED "Splatter Rock"
16. ACCUSED "W.C.A.L.T."
17. GANG GREEN "Skate To Hell"
Reviews:

This is an incredible compilation all around. I think you can tell that just by looking at what bands are on it. COC when they were still good, Christ On Parade, Accused, Beyond Possession, and Septic Death all contribute great cuts. Slam, the Boneless Ones, and No Rules tracks are all mediocre, while Gang Green never should have regrouped, but overall this is one of the best volumes in the series. The only downside to this volume is the complete and total lack of information on it such as who compiled it, bands contact addresses, and other shit. There's virtually no information given on it except the track listing. Still, this comp is awesome. Pick it up.
-Erik SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 4: SMASH tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1986

1. SKATE MASTER TATE "Skaterock Rap"
2. STEVE CABALLERO "You Will Go"
3. McSHRED "McShred"
4. TUPELO CHAIN SEX "America"
5. SKIP ENGBLOM "The Other Side"
6. SCRAM "Fear"
7. SHREDDED STEALE "Unsolved Mysteries"
8. McSHRED "Taz"
9. CARGO CULT "Amusement Park Disasters"
10. CARGO CULT "Cargo Cult"
11. SCREAMIN' SIRENS "Heartbreak Train"
Reviews:

Now, see, sometimes the people who compiled these comps had the bright idea to keep it interesting and mix it up a little by putting bands on it that aren't just hardcore punk. Most volumes are not just strictly hardcore punk, which is cool by me, but this is one of the volumes that contains a lot of other styles. I think this was a big mistake. Granted, Skate Master Tate is pretty cool, but he's not featured on this one. FUCK. The only band on here really worth listening to is McShred who contribute two tracks of nice crossover style hardcore. One of the other main problems that plaged these comps was the lack of info given in the insert or just plain shitty packaging overall, and this volume exemplifies that. Definitely seek out other volumes before getting this one.
-Erik SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 5: BORN TO SKATE tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1987

1. S.N.F.U. "Visiting The Bad Again"
2. RACER X-AZ "Happy Go Happy"
3. STUPIDS "Born To Built To Grind"
4. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK "What's So Strange About Me?"
5. CONDEMNED ATTITUDE? "Homeless Crew"
6. NO MERCY "Die Or Be Killed"
7. NAKED LADY WRESTLERS "Scraping The Top Of The Barrel"
8. J.F.A. "1-10"
9. EXCEL "Insecurity"
10. DEHUMANIZERS "Shu Du Vwa"
11. The D.I.'S "Pray For Surf"
12. CONDEMNED ATTITUDE? "When World's Collide"
13. RACER X-AZ "Blarin' In The Chair"
14. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK "Different Worlds"
15. J.F.A. "Turkeys Carved By UFO's"
16. S.N.F.U. "Time To Buy A Futon"
17. STUPIDS "Wipeout"
18. BEOWULF "Hussy"
19. DEHUMANIZERS "Halfpipe"
20. SCREAMIN' LORD & HIS HEAVY FRIENDS "Kings Of Trash"
Reviews:

First off, I'd just like to note the packaging on this volume as it is one of the only two volumes which comes with contact info for every band on it-–awesome! "Born To Skate" is just another great installment in the series although some stuff is annoying such as Racer X-AZ, Eight Days A Week, and Screamin' Lord Salba & His Heavy Friends. Aside from those three though, this comp RAGES. Lots of great West Coast crossover on this volume including Condemned Attitude? (who have members of Attitude Adjustment; perhaps this band is a collaboration between guys from Condemned and Attitude Adjustment?), No Mercy, Excel, and the Dehumanizers. Other standouts include the Stupids, D.I.'s, J.F.A. (although not their best material), S.N.F.U., and Beowulf. Another mandatory listen in the Thrasher Skate Rock series. It's still kind of funny thinking about how the Thrasher Skateboard Magazine that we all know today could ever have put out such an amazing series of compilations.
-Erik SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 6: ROAD RASH tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1988

1. THEE FORGIVEN "I Want My Own Highway"
2. SKATEMASTER TATE "Jolt Skate Mix"
3. UNGH! "Funky Joe", "Falling Tinker Bell"
4. IVEYS VINE "Coming On Down"
5. HOUSE OF WHEELS "No Matter"
6. ODD MAN OUT "Trial By Fire"
7. HELLS KITCHEN "Ain't No Beer"
8. HELLS KITCHEN "Bloody Knees"
9. FRATRICIDE "Dangerous Class"
10. SEPTIC DEATH "Disinfect"
11. SIX FEET UNDER "Unearthly Fate"
12. SIX FEET UNDER "Love And Hisses"
13. DRUNK INJUNS "Not Forever Yours"
Reviews:

One of the weakest installments out of all the volumes including the later ones. Lots of metal influence on this one especially on the second side. The one redeeming band on this comp is Septic Death. From Latino type salsa dance party music to rap to Billy Idol wanna-be bands to crap metal, this just is not worth listening to. The funny thing is though is that the guys who compiled this volume also compiled Volume 2 and Volume 5, both of which were great. What the hell happened here?
-Erik SN


THRASHER SKATE ROCK vol. 7: NOISE FOREST tape
Label: High Speed Productions
Released: 1989

1. MASS APPEAL "Fun Again"
2. INSTED "Tell Me"
3. INSTED "Be Someone"
4. SNFU "Appraise the Lord"
5. SUBVERT "Atrocities"
6. SUBVERT "A Turn Away"
7. EXIT CONDITION "Blood from a Stone"
8. EXIT CONDITION "Fear for Tomorrow"
9. UNITY "Roses For You"
10. UNITY "Blood Days"
11. BROTHERHOOD "Breaking the Ice"
12. BROTHERHOOD "Get Involved"
13. HALF-OFF "On Your Own"
14. UNDERDOG "Frontside Grind"
15. UNDERDOG "Reach Out"
16. HELLMENN "So Bad"
17. WRECKING CREW "Confusion"
18. WRECKING CREW "My Mind's Diseased"
19. UNIFORM CHOICE "Indian Eyes"
20. UNIFORM CHOICE "Cut of a Different Cause"
21. GHOUL SQUAD "Chamber Of Horrors"
22. HEAD FIRST "We Have Changed"
23. HEAD FIRST "When It's Over"
24. MALICIOUS GRIND "Polyester Paranoia"
Reviews: Along with Volumes 3 and 5, this is the best one in the entire series. This is the only volume compiled by Pushead (who had a regular feature in every issue of Thrasher for a long time). The concept and design is also done by him (which would include the front cover artwork). Every track on here you can listen to, no fast forwarding necessary. Although, i personally think Wrecking Crew just plain sucks, but at least one of their two tracks is a Battalion of Saints cover. This comp is also really cool because there's five non-American bands on it which is more than any other volume. It's also one of only two comps in the series to have complete contact info for the bands-–always a plus. I don't really need to comment anymore on the music because you know it's awesome, so there's no point. There's nothing else to say, just get this compilation tape.
-Erik SN



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