The original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series of games were as much about the music as the skaters. Sure, it was great to play as Rodney Mullen, Jamie Thomas, or the Birdman himself. But music fuels skateboarding as much as the act itself. This was one of the reasons the curated soundtrack for the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 has so much lasting power, uniting skate culture with the mainstream – even if the soundtrack to kickflips and varials is anything but.
And now, you can relive those memories (or pump yourself up for the remasters). The soundtrack to the newly announced Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remasters is now on Spotify.
It’s mostly here
The first thing you’ll notice about the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remasters is the soundtracks are mostly here. As it stands right now, there are select songs from both original soundtracks that have made their return for the remasters. You can still recognize tunes like the standout “Superman” from the pop-punk band Goldfinger from the pattering of percussion and trumpets that kickstart the song.
Roughly 70% of the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 soundtrack is represented in the new tracklist. However, only 45% of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 songs made it in unscathed. This is surprising, considering tracks like “Cyco Vision” by Suicidal Tendencies (THPS) and “Bring the Noise” by Anthrax & Public Enemy (THPS2) were standouts in the originals.
However, this could boil down to simple things obstacles like licensing. Or those songs may be added in the future. This might also point to something paid in the near future to obtain these tracks. The following tracks have not been featured in either the artwork or music:
- “Bring the Noise” by Anthrax & Public Enemy
- “B-Boy Document ’99” by The High & Mighty, featuring Mos Def & Mad Skillz
- “Out With the Old” by Alley Life
- “Cyco Vision” by Suicidal Tendencies
- “Committed” by Unsane
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 releases on September 4.