Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last Night There Were Skinheads On My Lawn....

You must be doing something right if you have one of your tracks covered by the likes of Teenage Fanclub and The Manics. In the case of Camper Van Beethoven they were certainly doing something right back in '87 when they recorded the wonderful Take The Skinheads Bowling.

Still not sure about the "wanna lick your knees" line but Skinheads sounded unique, almost defiant and extremely quirky back upon its original release and still sounds all of those and more to this day. I hadn't heard it for ages until it randomly appeared on the headphones today. There is an energy and rawness to the track that helped make it one of the most iconic tracks of the late 80's. The track is pretty much timeless and in my humble opinion pretty close to perfection.

Many times covered but never bettered, Take The Skinheads Bowling is overflowing with an attitude and swagger that those pesky Gallagher brothers could only dream of.....

Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling


  1. can still remember when I first heard this on john peel and managed to press th record button in reocrd time.
    strange to remember all that home taping is killing music stuff!

  2. I recently found a few tapes of stuff that I had recorded off Peel years ago and guess what I ended up buying their music after recording his shows. Pretty much the same as downloading a track off a blog and then going out and buying their CD. Was quite a snappy slogan right enough even if it was nonsensical.