The sad news of David Bowie's passing reached us this morning. The amount of tributes on Instagram and other social media platforms show how important the man and his music were to the skateboarding world.
It seems also that skateboarding too was of some interest to Bowie. In his interview with North Skate Mag, Oliver Barton tells an anecdote of a phone call with a music-clearing agency:
"I noticed Wieger (van Wageningen) skated to David Bowie in the Nike video. Was that really expensive?" "Oh no, Bowie is easy. I can clear Bowie all day for next to nothing, he's into it!"
His music has featured in many videos, so to pay tribute to the great man we have compiled ten of our favourite Bowie scored sections from over the years.
Thaynan Costa - De La Calle/Da Rua
The most recent section on the list, showing Bowie's music is very much still in the consciousness of modern skateboarding - Thaynan Costa skates to Modern Love from the 1983 album, Let's Dance.
Tom Penny - High 5
Tom Penny skating to Heroes, from the 1977 album of the same name. Both Tom and Bowie had a huge impact on their respective disciplines, a combination that was meant to be.
Daniel 'Snowy' Kinloch - City of Rats
Daniel 'Snowy' Kinloch expressing himself on the streets of London to the sounds of In the Heart of the Morning, from Bowie's self titled debut studio album.
Wieger van Wageningen - Chronicles Vol. 1
Wieger van Wageningen showing some #GingerSolidarity in his Chronicles Vol. 1 section by skating to Big Brother, from the 1974 album Diamond Dogs.
Sadly the version with the song isn't online, so just watch the unplugged version above and hit play here:
Arto Saari - Sorry
Arto Saari's Sorry section is perhaps the most memorable Bowie scored part there is. The ten minute epic features 1984, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide as well as one Bowie's favourite groups, The Velvet Underground.
Marc Johnson - Yellow
Marc Johnson has skated to Bowie a couple of times, more recently in Pretty Sweet, and here in Yellow. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed from his self-titled debut, a pretty fitting description of a lot of skateboarders.
Bryan Herman - Baker 3
Bryan Herman skating to The Width of a Circle from The Man Who Sold the World (1997), in Baker 3. There are interesting parallels here in that Baker 3 is arguably Baker's most important video, and The Man Who Sold the World marked a turning point in Bowie's musical career - with some arguing its release marked the start of glam rock.
Chocolate Montage - Yeah Right
The Chocolate montage from Girl's Yeah Right rather fittingly features one of Bowie's funkier numbers, Fame from the 1975 album Young Americans.
The French Connection - Fully Flared
The Lakai French Connection made up of Lucas Puig, JB Gillet and JJ Rousseau get down to Bowie's I Wish You Would, from the 1973 abum Pin Ups.
Heath Kirchart & Jeremy Klein - The End
To end, The End and Heath Kirchart and Jeremy Klein's shared section. David Bowie and Queen's Under Pressure provides the soundtrack, the only acceptable piece of music Queen have ever produced.
Apologies for the quality of the video above, but the Thrasher Classics version doesn't have the right music.