Does Liking The Plan B Am Clip More Because Of The Music Make This Blog Even More Shallow Than It Already Is?

If Boil the ocean had its druthers, which would probably be unwise for any number of reasons, companies that fail the Darwinian test would be relegated forevermore to the land of copers, Rip Grip and Vision berets. I may not have been as big a Menace fan as the Police Informer or as into 101 as was Bobshirt, but those companies and others* hold a dear place in my heart that trembles now and then when somebody floats the idea of a resurrection. Touring the old material via a DVD box set or run of graphics is one thing, sullying the legacy by repurposing something pivotal to a specific era for a new time/place/branding opp is another altogether dudes.

You could make some interesting arguments as to why Plan B might constitute an exception, like how it was kinda mercenary in the first place when it came to the team-building, the squad maybe not as tight-knit or the graphics being hit or miss over the years. At this point though the second generation has been around nearly as long as the first, and kinda like the Simpsons, the golden years are so far removed as to make it sort of pointless to complain anymore. Mixed feelings aside though, credit ought to be handed over to any company that can make a legitimate claim to fielding its generation’s uber-team, as squishy a concept as that may be, and more for managing to hang onto most of them for longer than a couple years. The aftermath can be harsh, see also Es shoes, Powell Peralta, and, ah, the first Plan B.

All this being an especially longwinded and meandering run-up to a brief discourse on the new lil amateur-focused clip Plan B put out last week, highlighting the considerable talents of Scott Decenzo and Felipe Gustavo, neither of whom were born when Plan B started coming together, I bet. But upon a couple semi-distracted watches I’m prepared to deem this thing the most Plan B-est video that D&C have turned out in the post-Y2K. The Bad Religion and Del have something (a lot) to do with this, and I think I’m ok with that, if you are.

There’s other stuff, like the random movie sample and some nicely indignant kick-out footage, but the Plan B hallmark also is there in the appropriately ridiculous level of skating. Scott Decenzo, one half of the Canadien flying Decenzo brothers, has been tagged with the “good but boring” brush and some of these clips (like the frontside noseslide pinwheels) suggest he’s reading his press with a curled lip and furrowed brow. There’s pretty serious and/or wacked out stuff in here like the elusive switch frontside hurricane and the frontside boardslide to hurricane grind, which seems like a super risky trick and turned out way better on video than I thought it would.

Felipe Gustavo, who gains additional 1990s points for pushing nice flatground frontside flips and keeping alive the cocked-hat style**, shifts the intensity to the wax-laden ledges and confirms that nollie frontside noseslide 270 shove-its are among the prerequisites for getting paid by Danny Way these days. This section I think is a good argument for why the current approach to videos, like taking three years to film a five/six-minute section, can be the wrong one–five minutes of this little dude’s ledge magicks would’ve been pretty numbing, but the two and a half minutes allotted here is just right and judiciously saves up the truly zany stuff for a grand slam breakfast of a finish that may or may not include a hardflip backside noseblunt in a line. That nollie flip backside noseblunt was another one that worked out a lot better on film than I would’ve thought.

*Not so much Seek, though
**Also DJ Drama

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9 Responses to “Does Liking The Plan B Am Clip More Because Of The Music Make This Blog Even More Shallow Than It Already Is?”

  1. theProgram Says:

    unfortunately, the names “decenzo” and “felipe gustavo” don’t make me hyped enough to click on a link to a video. i fully respect the talent, it’s just not something i want to watch. – ac

  2. Rudy Says:

    I wouldn’t bother. This sums it up pretty much perfectly- maybe even being generous. It’s true both kids are amazing, I just can’t seem to care….

    Agree on the music choices- well done, homophobes. (plan b, not PL)

  3. mike Says:

    I too was mostly won over by the soundtrack in the video, especially when I noticed Del was being employed. On top of that, as much as I want to write of Felipe Gustavo, I can’t. Dude rips, cocked hats and all.

  4. bleedingbeardface Says:

    The f/s board to hurricane was a beauty. A real styled shocker.

    But I really can’t care about the disco dancing ledge tricks. Even when I know it’s incredible. Flippidy doo dah – I’d rather watch Busenitz kickflip into a hill bomb over any nbd flip slide combo.

    (This might be called getting old.)

  5. theProgram Says:

    okay mr. light, after your continued recommendations that i watch this clip, i basically agree with 100% of everything you’ve said in this post. the shorter run-time, the throwback styling of the music selection, and the way in which these two guys seems to mimic the plan b “business plan” of recruiting the uber-team all make this clip more than bearable to watch.

  6. KDP Says:

    With such the hammering the retina gets on skate footage these days, it really has to be something to burn in its imagery.
    Do trick lists really matter that much anymore outside of your ‘enders’? Surely the videos which hold classic status or those which will come to are about a feeling and not just NBD’s?
    Ty Evans, Anti-Hero, Dan Magee, French Fred, Alien Workshop, Volcom, Zero/Jamie Thomas all have a style of editing which is identifiable a mile off. Like or hate, you can’t deny that the aforementioned don’t manage to get their message across each and every time. They can wrap up a new Am into their style and boom!- There is your hype. You can buy into it in some way…

    The vAMdalism video kind of comes across as self-recognition at 21st Century Plan B being a little whack – and they’ve decided to do something about it by heading back to Ternasky’s template, Del n’all.

    …and I’m glad if that continues.

  7. thecarbonite Says:

    i fuck with aphilliates music group
    WTK, LAD, all that shit

  8. Watson Says:

    I think this nollie hardflip pretzel twister into noseslides is one of the ugliest ways I’ve seen to get into a trick in a long time.

  9. mike Says:

    What did you type into google image search for the picture above? “Shallow contemplation?”

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