The recent announcement of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 remaster collection could be the start of a new skateboard game renaissance, but before moving forward it has to nail the nostalgia people have for the genre, and for those two games in particular. That means having the right songs on the soundtrack, and this playlist confirms they're mostly there.
On Twitter, the official Pro Skater account refers to it as "The Hawk Mix," but you can tell this playlist apart from the dozens of fan-made Pro Skater playlists on Spotify because it's been created by Spotify's own account. It's not the full list of songs that was originally featured across Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, and Activision has confirmed to USgamer that "this is the full extent" of the returning soundtrack for the upcoming remaster.
Many of the iconic songs from the first two games are represented here, including "Superman" by Goldfinger, "Guerilla Radio" by Rage Against the Machine, "Police Truck" by Dead Kennedys, and Primus' "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." There are a few notable omissions, however, like Anthrax's "Bring The Noise" and "Cyco Vision" by Suicidal Tendencies.
Speaking with IGN earlier this week, Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal did give a heads up that not all of the classic songs will be returning, save for a few they "just couldn't get the licensing rights for." Before the announcement of the remasters, there were also rumblings that at least one new band agreed to license songs for a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game, so perhaps we'll be getting some new songs to make up the difference.
At any rate, putting on this playlist is a great way to rediscover some of the deeper cuts from the early days of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Apologies in advance if you get Lagwagon's "May 16" stuck in your head from now until the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 collection releases on September 4, 2020, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.