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Tuned In – Standard Films’ TB4

Snowboard movies are seared into our memories partly because of the riding, of course, but a huge part of what makes a film truly a classic is the music to which the stunts are set. In Tuned In, we’ll be regularly looking at movies that combined legendary action with legendary songs to create something even greater than the sum of it’s parts. Cued up this time is Standard Films’ 1994 release, TB4

In our first instalment of Tuned In, where we dove into the audiatory delights of Robot Food’s first movie, Afterbang, we wrote: “Prior to Afterbang‘s release the music used in snowboard films could broadly be pidgeonholed into one of three loose categories: Rock (including punk and metal), Classics, or Rap.” TB4, released by Standard Films in 1994, followed this pattern and, like much of Standard’s earlier works, leant heavily on rock, metal and punk for the soundtrack.

From the montage opener (White Zombie, no less), through the Cali punk of Noah Salasnek’s memorable opener – that backcountry hip back 7, mmmm – and Jim Rippey’s equally memorable ender (Rich Kids on LSD and Pennywise respectively), there’s a mix of crunching guitar riffs, aggressive yelling and fast-paced straight beats throughout. If you want an idea of what mid-90s snowboarding sounded like, this is a good taster – in short: LOUD GUITARS and SHOUTY MEN! Though this is broken up on occasion – well, once actually – by some unexpected disco funk from the Mighty Reyders in the montage section featuring, amongst others, Nate Cole and Dale Rehberg.

“If you want an idea of what mid-90s snowboarding sounded like, this is a good taster – in short: LOUD GUITARS and SHOUTY MEN!”

Poor old Europe gets the track that seems to have aged least gracefully – even at the time it was hard to square bands like Megadeath and, in this case, Pantera, with snowboarding, but now it seems all the more weird. Oh well, the 90s eh? For more 90s nostalgia, Silverchair’s Israel’s Son gets an outing in the Alaska segment (we cocked up and have it at the end of our playlist, rather than before ‘Sitting in a Room’) and despite it’s Nirvana-lite sound we’ll never forget Victoria Jealouse elegantly tearing up AK to this.

It’s hard to write what a standout tune is on this, seeing as most of it isn’t – and never was – this hack’s cup o’ tea, but in terms of that rush of fond recognition you get hearing a tune you associate with something rad, it’s got to be Pennywise’s ‘Peaceful Day’ which frames Jim Rippey’s ender. Both the tune, and to an extent the rider, sum up where snowboarding was at in 1994 pretty well.

And if all this has had you wanting to relive your youth, you can watch TB4 here. It’s the worst copy in the world, mind you…

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