We have got a new thing running here where we asked some team riders and various affiliates questions about BMX movies both past and present. Answering this time around we have Coxie "BMX Inferno is one of the main reasons that I became so obsessed with the S&M Bikes"and The Head "watching footage early sheep hills day's and Bo's made me the person i am today".
Coxie. How much impact did Bmx dvd's have when you first started riding?
When I first started riding it was BMX VHS's! They had a huge impact on me, I mean we didn't check the internet or anything - so every time say a new Props came out, there would be a huge leap in the riders' progression, and you would notice styles changing more obviously. I remember on a few occasions getting the train to the nearest bike shop just to pick up a new video, then I'd just session it for weeks - you'd learn all the quotes, try to find all the songs, it was awesome. So yeah, I guess the answer is that they had a really large impact on me, as far as that the early videos I watched such as Nails In The Coffin(Bicycle Union), On The Down Low, the Scum videos, Nowhere Fast, Thunder, BMX Inferno, The old Seventies videos etc etc all moulded my taste in music, what bikes I'd be into and what sort of riding i liked - I wanted to ride trails like the guys in 1201, and then when I started riding street around 1999, I based my riding on what I saw in the Ells Bells videos, you know, like what Ratboy and Gonz were doing, all the no brakes stuff etc - and for the most part since those days Im still into the same shit. I mean obviously my taste has evolved and tweaked itself over time, but it was pretty much all built on the foundations of what I watched in those old videos.
What was the first BMX movie you saw?
I think that the first video I actually sat down and watched in it's entirety was Standard Domination.
What feeling did you have after you watched it? Well before I'd seen Domination, I'd seen bits of old Props videos, a few parts of an old Push video called Tweakers, and that Cheeky Monkey video called A Tense Nervous Headache - but for me, Domination was a whole different league. I remember the pace of the video and how cinematic it seemed at the time just blowing me away! Who's parts were most memorable? Punjab's part was fucking amazing, best double cans and supermans - Bobby Fisher had that street part set to Metallica that I really liked, at the time that seemed pretty groundbreaking...Rick Moliterno had my favourite though, I loved how there was all this fast paced shit in there, like he was tearing down the street and just nosebonking stuff, I loved it, it looked like so much fun. Even when I hear that song come on now, I want to go tear off down the street and nosebonk something haha What has been your most watched Bmx movie and why? It's going to be a tie between S&M BMX Inferno and Dirty Deeds. Those two have definitely had the most plays to date, closely followed by Nowhere fast and On The Down Low. All the above VHS tapes are pretty much fucked now from overuse. What is your favourite Bmx movie if not the one above and why? I'd say it's probably BMX Inferno. BMX Inferno is one of the main reasons that I became so obsessed with the S&M Bikes - the team at that time seemed to have so much attitude and the soundtrack was fucking unbelievable too, especially that Melvins song, June Bug at the beginning when Catillo is cruising through that car park at night in the intro. I liked all the little clips that were in between the sections too, like Levan fighting, Moeller cutting that dude off at the race track then doing that dance, all that stuff that just seemed crazy to me at the time. It all just made me want to be those guys when I was growing up. They just seemed like a bunch of punks and I just wanted to be a part of it! Nowadays when I watch that video it reminds me of when I was a kid and we rode trails all day, Love it. What was the last Bmx movie you saw? I just watched the new Animal / A* Bike Co. DVD - Cuts What feeling did you have after you watched it? I absolutely loved it - It's the first video I've watched in a long time that made me want to instantly go riding. Who's parts were most memorable? Well I've only watched this DVD a handful of times, but so far I'd have to say Mike Brennan, Ratkid, Edwin, Bob and Nigel. And Marv obviously! How much impact do you think Bmx movies have now? Impact on the BMX public? I couldn't say. Probably less than they used to? But some new videos continue to have an impact on me personally. I know how much work goes into making a video, and I love seeing the way different people approach it. Making any video at all is a pretty positive, inspiring thing, and I guess that alone has an impact on me. I think from a riding point of view it's different because you see so much of it online, which kind of takes the edge off it all when a DVD comes out - Like you already know exactly what that rider is capable of before you even see his section, because you see them online every week. I like it when you don't see footage of someone for a long time then they have a crazy part in a full length DVD - then I think it still has that impact.
Ross Head. How much impact did Bmx dvd's have when you first started riding? Massive amounts... watching footage early sheep hills day's and Bo's made me the person i am today, in the way it made me start digging dirt jumps back then we only built step up fly out's then we saw footage of rows of doubles and was like what the fuck!? What was the first BMX movie you saw? It was dirty deeds back in 94.. was so rad. What feeling did you have after you watched it? So pumped... we would used to watch Mike Griffin and try 180 bars and and truck drivers, many stitches in my legs! Who's parts were most memorable? Mike Griffin's part from s&m inferno. that guy was so ahead of his time like if you put that video part out now people would be talking about it, or marvin lotterle's part from s&m video 4... just love how livid and pissed off he gets so exciting to watch! What has been your most watched Bmx movie and why? S&m inferno... was 95. I was 15 last year at school and would watch it every day and try learn the stuff butler was doing…back when life was way easier. What is your favorite Bmx movie if not the one above and why? Nails in the coffin(Bicycle Union)...first english video that had trail footage from the east coast which made our trails what it is now.. and Jerry Galley! What was the last Bmx movie you saw? Stay Fit. What feeling did you have after you watched it? Is that it! didn't know what to expect but it wasn't that! the riding was super but the soundtrack weren't. Who's parts were most memorable? BF and van's part price less. How much impact do you think Bmx movies have now? defenetely not as much as it did back in the 90's back then it was about riding with your buddies and hucking some tricks...now a days it can make or break you! don't means as much to kids now a days as it did back then i know it doesn't for me.