The Faction - Skate and Destroy
- Title: Skate & Destroy
- Artist: Faction
- Album: Collection 1982-1985
- Length: 1:52 minutes (2.16 MB)
- Format: Stereo 44kHz 160Kbps (CBR)
A complete classic Skate Rock song, and definitely the song the Faction is best known for, "Skate and Destroy" is perfect 80s thrash, in the first sense of the term. Here are the lyrics:
Forget the light, skate and destroy
Pass the jogger, skate and destroy
Snap it back, skate and destroy
Kick that bike, skate and destroy
It's not a cause or political belief, it's something in my thinking
If you agree that's cool by me, at least I'm not a robot
I'm not afraid of things I read, I won't divide my friends up
Dictatorship of people's minds is not what I will strive for
The cops are coming after me, their sons are BMXers
They always try to stop me but urethane is faster than boots
You may be in a parking lot throwing up your contents
So what? Who cares? I know I don't! Be a hood, don't be good!
So idyllic and yet not wrong at all in its message, the song and the words were totally symbolic of the little battle -- that seemed like the most important thing in the world at the time -- between the Transworld Skateboarding ideal of "skate and create" and the Thrasher motto - "skate and destroy."
One of the most amazing things about the Faction, and especially most of their later stuff, is that their music has transcended time like good music does. Sure some of it sounds a little dated, but the heart and energy will never burn out or fade away. Turn it up to 11.