Social D cover The Clash’s “Death or Glory”

Music News | May 17th, 2005

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Listen to Social Distortion cover the Clash’s “Death or Glory” on the Lords of Dogtown soundtrack. Here’s some more info on the soundtrack and movie:

In a skater boy’s dream come true, the true story of skateboarding legends the Z-Boys comes to the big screen with the TriStar Picture’s release “Lords of Dogtown.” As accompaniment to the gripping story is the Geffen Records soundtrack CD, which boasts classic songs by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, David Bowie, Ted Nugent, the Allman Brothers, T Rex, plus new recordings by Social Distortion and Rise Against. The CD drops May 24th, while the film opens nationwide June 3rd. The lead track, a Social Distortion cover of the Clash’s 1979 classic, “Death or Glory,” impacts radio on May 3rd.

Rock ‘n’ roll has always been a huge factor in skater culture, and the new CD reflects that, old school style. In addition to the Social Distortion track, Geffen band Rise Against also contributes a cover of Black Flag’s blistering punk anthem, “Nervous Breakdown.”

The bulk of the CD consists of vintage classics, including: the Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Fire;” David Bowie’s “Suffragette City;” Nazareth with “Hair of the Dog;” the Stooges, “T.V. Eye;” Foghat, “I Just Want To Make Love To You;” Ted Nugent’s “Motor City Madhouse;” T Rex with “20th Century Boy;” Joe Walsh, “Turn To Stone;” Sweet, “Fox On The Run;” the Allman Brothers Band, “One Way Out;” Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May;” Deep Purple, “Space Truckin’;” Sparklehorse, “Wish You Were Here;” and Iggy Pop’s “Success.”

“Lords of Dogtown,” starring Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk and John Robinson and Heath Ledger, tells the story of a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, California who pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding in the 1970’s. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-Boys paved the way to what is today referred to as “extreme sports,” and created a lifestyle that became a worldwide counterculture phenomenon.