Once upon a time, the City of San Francisco gave birth to a 3-headed beast named Tommy Guerrero. From a very young age, the kid could skateboard up walls and down hills like no one else. He played in punk rock bands well before he could even get into clubs legally. And he displayed artistry that few folks ever achieve.
At 41, the guy’s resume reads like a dream: Bones Brigade skate team in the 80s, movie appearances, co-founder of Real Skateboards and 40's Clothing, art director for Krooked Skateboarding, and prolific recording artist—from the "Fat Jazzy Grooves” and "Another Late Night" compilations, to albums for Mo'Wax, Galaxia, Function 8, Rush [Japan] and Quannum, T.G. has lead a full life. Tommy's music, like his graphic design, is beguilingly simple. He sounds like a guy fucking around on his front stoop, and maybe that’s exactly what he is but the result will touch you down to your toes. From Mission District punkers to Shibuya-Ka hipsters his melodies dance lightly around your head while the rhythms build under your feet. His is SOUL music, made by a street kid raised on Santana and Bill Withers. With more than a little nod to the Clash and Public Enemy in there, too.
Tommy Guerrero | Organism
This Tommy Guerrero track comes from his 2003 EP "Soul Food Taqueria" Released in 2003 on Mo’ Wax records.
Taken from Tommy's website: "Inspired by the streets of his hometown San Francisco, Soul Food Taqueria is a progression in many ways. Not only is it more sonically advanced than his previous releases (although he admits that he's “still down with the fucked up 4 trk action”), but it also shows real maturity in his guitar playing and song writing. Vocals are much more prevalent than in previous recordings, with vocal tracks from Lyrics Born of Blackalicious / Quannum / Latyrx fame, and long time friend and collaborator, Gresham Taylor. Encapsulating Latin rhythms, stripped down folk, hip-hop, jazz, guitar-blues, minimal funk, soul and so much more, Guerrero's delicate jams are as spine tingling as ever, with Guerrero retaining the knack of sounding simple yet inventive." For more information on Tommy's music go to: www.tommyguerrero.com
Tommy Guerrero | Future Primitive
This is Tommy Guerrero's part in the second Bones Brigade video "Future Primitive" released in 1985. Many credit this as being the first street video part which showcases the streets of San Francisco as skateboarding's natural playground. After the Bones videos Tommy Guerrero went on to start Forties clothing and later Real Skateboards. Tommy is a true skateboarding legend.