Watch: Weird But Epic ’90s Surf Documentary!
Surfer Mag in the ’90s, The Pixies check Malibu, and more saved from the dustbins of History!
It’s amazing what gold still lives holed away on dusty shelves and in basements, and even more amazing that people take the time to pull down the relics, track down a VHS or LaserDisk player from some godforsaken community thrift shop, and figure out whatever complicated wires and processes ripping these fucking things to digital involve.
Alas, if you keep a close eye on Vimeo and YouTube, from time to time some of the most wonderfully random shit comes across the feed.
Today, a man named “Bram van Splunteren,” a Director for Netherlands TV station, VPRO—which, oddly enough, began as a Protestant broadcasting organization back in the 1930s—dropped this weird TV-special, which visits Surfer Magazine’s San Clemente offices back when David Carson was directing the brand’s look, and a pre-The Surfer’s Journal Steve Pezman was running the ship; attends some sort of surfboard art benefit show, cruise the day-glo Malibu scene; and hang with Frank Black, Aka Black Francis, and The Pixies, with footage from a September 25th, 1990 show and a a handful of their best songs.
The whole show is thirty minutes and worth the watch.
Yeah, it’s a weird one.
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