Today is the longest day of the year: nobody has time to watch some sappy video introducing the new kid on the team, and an ender opus from the O.G. to some song that him and the filmer spent three months arguing over. Save that for November and December. Real ones know that summer actually ends after July 4th, and everyone’s trying to fucking party right now.
Enter Late Nite Stars‘ “big parody” video, which feels like it was edited in the middle of a rave in Ibiza.
With Drake making house now — and skateboarders having spent a decade-plus being indoctrinated by #skatevideohouse via Palace videos — it was only natural that skaters would begin getting years ahead of his full-fledged 2024 plunge into EDM. (Wild it’s taken this long, tbh.) And what is skateboarding if not owning your responsibility to do the things that Drake hasn’t thought of yet?
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Every skate site was obligated to have a “Dill & AVE Off Alien”-post, and every website on the entire internet is required to mention the new Daft Punk album. Combined with the release of Kendrick Lamar’s debut last fall and next month’s Kanye album, we are in an eight-month rut of opinion onslaught from an unholy trio of annoying fanbases.
…but even skateboarders are talking about Daft Punk! Skaters previously only acknowledged electronic music when posting “wtf iz with dis song?” comments on video parts that dared to use it. And now they’re interested in dance music? Instead of giving an opinion about Random Access Memories like everyone else on the internet, here’s an abridged history of how Daft Punk, and in turn, electronic music as a whole, achieved acceptance in skate videos.
[Much like how Europeans are more sexually liberated than Americans, they also have a deeper history of accepting electronic music in their skate videos. So, please note that this is a North American timeline. Accounting for European usage of electronic music adds another dimension entirely. Frozen in Carbonite wrote about French house, French Fred, etc. back in 2011, so read that for a more worldly take.]
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