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Was Agression the best 1980s skate punk band?

1980s skate punk

Agression from Oxnard, California

1980s skate punk band, Agression was based initially in Oxnard, California, in the early 1980s. Three of their members originally skated for Sims.

The cover of their 1983 album, “Don’t Be Mistaken,” shows 1970’s Dogtown skater Arthur Lake as photographed by the legendary skate and punk photographer Glen E. Friedman, who documented so much of the early Dogtown skate scene

Below is the original Friedman photograph used on Agression’s album cover and the album cover itself.

Album Cover Photograph (original)

1980s Skate Punk Band, Agression - Album Cover

Agression Don't be Mistaken Album Art

Agression Don't be Mistaken Album Art

Dogtown Legend, Arthur Lake

Some of you may recognize this photo of Arthur Lake, pretending to eat a bird in front of a wall with graffiti

Arthur Lake - Dogtown Skater

Two of Agression’s songs on this album are of particular interest for our purposes here. “Intense Energy” and “Locals Only.”   The content of these two songs are very Dogtown to say the least.  Here they are with the lyrics below.

 
 
“Intense Energy” Lyrics – Agression
 
Have you ever seen a skateboarder
Surfing in a pool
Flying over the coping
With a skateboard as a tool
Well you’ve got no time for me
You think it’s cuz you’re too cool
Then I’ll see you later
I’m going surfing in the pool
 
It’s a way to release, the intense energy
It’s a way to release, it’s a way to release
We just go in there and go crazy!
 
It’s kinda like an addiction
Hard core craving affliction
Do you know of my position
I need to flow on the transition
 
You know we could be out busting heads
But we get rowdy in the pools instead
Laybacks, inverts, bio blacksides
Roll ins, roll outs, gnarly slides, we’re grinding it
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“Locals Only” Lyrics – Agression
 
Walk down to the beach and what do I see
Non local cars blocking up our streets
Don’t they know the beach is for locals only
Don’t they know they can’t surf on our beach
 
This beach is for locals only
Don’t they know they can’t surf on our beach
This beach is for locals only
Take your silly ass and get it off of our streets
Gonna have to kick you out, gonna have to teach you why
This beach is for locals only
 
Go into the local store and what do I see
Out of town goons in front of me
Have no idea what they’re doing around here
I think I’ll hit ’em with this empty bottle of beer
 
Going into my waters and what do I see
Out of town fagots in front of my
All I want to know is what they’re doing on my waves
Gonna have to show ’em how we behave
 

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