Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Joe Nelson - Potato Knish


Potato Knish

Joe Nelson floats us a Sloth Crew video and a little backstory on what was until now a rarely seen piece of video history... -Gordo DCXX


Potato Knish was a short 3:45 second skateboarding movie that was made in 1989 or 1990 by the Orange County Sloth Crew. At the time I think we had a bigger dream to make a "real" 30-minute to 60-minute skate video a la "Bones Brigade" or something. This dream was left unfulfilled because A) we weren't very good skaters, and B) we were just too lazy. After all the name of our gang was SLOTH crew.

The main skaters in "Knish" are Paul Theriault, whose vision of the whole idea really was his and Jason Acuna's. However, Greg Brown, Scott Lytle, and myself make appearances in it as well. There are also great cameos by Pig Champion and Ray Cappo at the end of it. Locations were; Huntington Beach High School, Mark Surnakey's backyard ramp, Hidden Valley (the off road stuff), UCI, and random suburban streets in Orange County. The editing was done VCR to VCR, and the sound was accomplished by playing "Possessed to Skate" by Suicidal Tendencies on my stereo, while using the audio dub feature on a video camera. Now that's PRO!

Looking back at it 20 years later it really is such a great microcosm for what we thought was "cool" at that time; skating, slam pits, guns, breaking stuff, and our friends. Does it ever really get much better then that?

14 comments:

Larry said...

Surnakey Of Death!

Isaac Golub said...

How could that NOT have the clip of Regis doing the fake air skate move where he falls flat on his ass. Great vid though.

Anonymous said...

guns at pawnshop. Check. Skating down a dune. check. Smashing shit in an abandoned house. Check. Awesome skate footage and name checked on every good 80/90 CA straight edge 7". Check. Sloth Crew over Jackass by 15 years. Shoulda been you

Jake said...

Give 'em Sloth Crew Spring Break next.

Anonymous said...

One of the best videos I've seen in years...

Joe said...

Isaac I was thinking about that as well. I'm not sure why that didnt make the cut back then. It might have been filmed after we finished "Kinish"

I also was thinking after looking at peoples comments on some of these stories, that anybody who posts "Anonymous" and talks shit is a PUSSY!

I've known Regis, and Banks for YEARS you will not find better, more stand up people on this planet. I've also known Isaac for years.and prehaps we've rubbed each other wrong over the years..BUT like he said a couple of posts ago..it's only because we're both "sarcastic fuckers". There's always been respect between us. Isaac has been there from the start, He's legit!

What's NOT legit is some anonymous FAGGOT* calling the Chorus guys out for whatever reason. I would love to see that person go toe to toe with Banks, Isaac, or "Street" Regis.. you'd last a second if that!

That being said whoever asked if the promo picture was taking after Prop 8 passed? Why pose anonymous? That was fucking funny!

Peace!

P.S. Isaac, yes that was me who use to splice himself into movies and then return the films to blockbuster. It's so funny that you remember that shit. The movie you're talking about included a fake tattoo on my back of a dude holding a frog, and a briefcase that said "Al"

* FAGGOT is being used in a non-homophobic way.

SFader said...

Joe Said: "what we thought was "cool" at that time; skating, slam pits, guns, breaking stuff, and our friends. Does it ever really get much better then that?"

What do you mean "was"? Some of us still think that stuff is cool!!!

Ben Edge said...

Best part of the video:

After Poison Idea play "All The Young Dudes", someone says, "You guys suck!" Haha. Was that you, Nelson?

D. Sine said...

Good stuff. Brings back lots of memories.

Jake said...

Ah fuck it, I'll never get elected President - give 'em the Ariana vids too.

Anonymous said...

Double Cross is the best thing going on the internet these days. Keep up the good work

Mickey Nolan said...

Wow. Awesome. Didn't expect to see Pig at the end. Thanks.

thefleX said...

That Pig Champion/Jerry A part is the best!

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