Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Complete Steven Hamilton Youtube Discography

This has been a good week for fans of Steven Hamilton. His fantastic part from 2004's The Day is Over made its way online a couple days ago, and just last night bmxboard's Alistair Heely uploaded the full 2005 Tip Plus video The Family. (Clips below)

Everyone appreciates Hamilton for his unconventional peg-free approach to street riding, not to mention his casual hucking of monstrous gaps. But for some reason his effortless bike control and clean style are overshadowed by the motowhipping likes of Aitken and Hawk. For style, that's my personal top three, probably, with Hamilton on top.

I think it's significant to note that none of the three is taller than 5'10. Aitken and Hawk are small men that have always ridden huge frames and handlebars, and I think this visually striking jockey-on-stallion effect is one reason they look so damn good flying through the air. Hamilton, by comparison, rides a flatland frame and more "medium" bars, and he could be even shorter than the other two guys. The allover smallness makes his wheels look huge in a way that I find really satisfying, and, furthermore, he seems to have an exceptionally large bunnyhop. But his pop is so natural that I've never heard anyone comment on it.

And Hamilton comes across as a real guy, thanks to his smile, unaffected demeanor, and penchant for a good hoody. Here's the text from his Dig issue 42 interview, archived on Tunney's excellent blog. (the full thing w/photos! --Ed. 11/16/09)

Of course, there hasn't been video footage of Hamilton in a couple years. After leaving the limelight, rumors circulated that he had fried his brain with drugs and stopped riding. Then, in a 2007 issue of RideUK, Hamilton reappeared with a cover shot and a dozen excellent, sponsor-worthy photos (lots of gaps and even a handrail with pegs!) and the most memorable interview of all time. He seems to have gone voluntarily insane and now lives in a parallel psychadelic world. (You can read the RideUK interview online now.--Ed. 9/13/09)

I was disappointed on one level (bye-bye striped shirts), but pleased to find that the new Hamilton is just as real as the old one, escaping the annoying outward trappings of hippiness in favor of an apparently authentic schizophrenia. Sunglasses at night? Intentionally mismatched gloves? A bike covered with seaweed and twigs, painted over with gloss black spraypaint? Keep this stuff coming, please!

It might be said that the "crazy drugged bike rider artist" thing was pioneered by the Gonz, but, by contrast, Hamilton doesn't seem to care whether we notice or not. As always, he's doing his own thing, living his own life, and it feels like a privilege when we get access.

Along with every other bike rider alive, I'm hopeful that we'll see video footage soon, and Hamilton's Phoenix-like return will be complete.

Here's all the footage of Hamilton that I'm aware of. If you know of more, I hope you'll share.

The video part that made Steven Hamilton a household name, from AnimalBikes' Can I Eat?


From the old Ohio video A Day Late and A Dollar Short.


Steven's first part ever, reportedly, from a video called Inception, which I know nothing about. Packed with bangers and striped shirts.



From the Federal video. Last two clips are heart-stopping.



From AnimalBikes' All Day.


The complete Orchid roadtrip video Step On It. Lots of Hamilton footage. Ridiculous clip at 6:40.


Tip Plus's The Family, complete video. Steven's part starts at 21:53.


And, finally, his recently uploaded part from Elliot Van Orman's The Day is Over, 2004. Perhaps my fave video part ever. When this song gets stuck in my head, I don't mind at all.



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July 18 Edit: Two additions. Fresh Hamilton footage, Go Skateboarding Day, June 2008. From Skavenger.


And thanks to aaron for bringing to my attention the really good skapegoat 2.5 web video, from March of this year, which includes some recent footy from Ham. Bonus: a bunch of brakeless riding from Ralph Sinisi!


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July 19 edit: From the Animal site, , in response to this blog posting:It really is nuts to see Hamilton kill it and I promise you all he is not done. Hamilton has been in the area for the past few weeks puttin in some work for the next Animal Video.

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December 9 edit: The internet has yet to make sense of this Youtube gem from late October. Who is this video's intended audience? There's a lot going on here, none of which makes sense...



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December 19 edit: This vid, edited by Hamilton himself, appeared on the Animal site the other day. See Lobsterspine = The Real Steven Hamilton? for more.



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December 31 edit: More classic Hamilton 1.0 footy in a web video from Peter Adam. Just the title "World Travels" is enough to make me feel something. Thanks for the heads-up, Sam.



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September 13, 2009 edit: In addition to his blog and YouTube account, Hamilton is actively posting high res stuff to Vimeo (to avoid Youtube's music copyright filter, presumably), rendering much of this blog post discography redundant.

30 comments:

  1. cleggy1:44 PM

    oh my god, thank you thank you.. nice intro too.. love it

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  2. sam stanfield3:35 PM

    YO!! that clip from all day with the uber faast vent grate to rock hop down is in omaha. ive been eyeing that for that past 10 years. i knew some badass like hamilton would shut it down. i guess now i know i have to go that fast to do it. shit, thats a 2 story drop...

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  3. francisco8:32 PM

    Muy Bueno!

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  4. mikey bra11:09 PM

    word man good work, hanging out for stevens new footy in the animal vid... ah man what a treat

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  5. Anonymous12:56 AM

    chase doesnt ride a massive frame, 20.5 isn't wat i would consider massive by any means.

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  6. Anonymous6:27 AM

    hey, check out some old woodward camp videos, Hamiltons got some footy in there (sorry to ruin his street cred.

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  7. For the sake of your discography, I wanted to tell you that Steven has clips in at least one of the skapegoat videos. Good collection.

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  8. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Dude creeps me out

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  9. Anonymous2:31 PM

    I've never seen someone with such a man crush. Your affection would definitely creep him out if he knew.

    I do appreciate the footage collection. You forgot those Road Foals he was on. Can't remember which ones exactly.

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  10. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Someone really needs to scan in that ride interview. As well as that wild 2 bike check. But mostly the interview. Come onnn

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  11. Still riding everyday brother,whats good with you?Everyone i ride with either quit,moved,or is injured.sucks man.

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  12. I agree with you that Steven has one of the best styles. But Aitken hasnt always been riding big bars. He just started doing it somewhat recently

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  13. Anonymous8:00 PM

    Finally some news on him.He still my favorite rider and great title.

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  14. Anonymous8:50 AM

    HARD TO BELIEVE HAMILTON HAS SUCH A COMPOSITE OF RIDING ~ ONLY THING MISSING ARE HIS ROAD FOOLS VIDEOS. A PASSIONATE BMX'ER AS WELL AS A COMPASSIONATE PERSON WHO SEEMS TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD AND SOMETIMES MISREPRESENTED BECAUSE OF HIS ARTISTIC INSIGHTS ON LIFE! THANKS FOR SHARING HIS OUTSTANDING RIDING WITH THE REST OF US!

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  15. Anonymous11:58 AM

    He was in Road Fools 11 if anyone knows where that is online. Hamilton is amazing.

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  16. Anonymous9:46 PM

    Will someone please scan that RideUK interview? I'm curious.
    Thanks.

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  17. Anonymous12:58 PM

    i heard steven wears jnco's and smokes cloves. ..

    not a good look.

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  18. Gorilla Will5:20 PM

    Steven Hamilton is the Captain Beefheart of BMX.

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  19. I think this is Steven's first appearance anywhere, from my December 1997 Bicycles Today column. Best of luck to him, wherever he is.

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  20. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Chase has always been riding huge frames since he was shitting his diapers,easier hitting trails but lately 20.5 has been his choice HAwk Aitken Hamilton legends!! well said

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  21. dave. c11:14 AM

    google steven hamilton cherry bomb. i think he may have cracked it

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  22. heres some more hamilton footage from a few years ago
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL5DbKLkzpY

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  23. Awesome, thanks!

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  24. Anonymous4:00 PM

    makes me remember the joy i had when i started
    he makes it look super fun and stress free
    wich is the way it sould be

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  25. Anonymous10:09 PM

    in road fools 12 he has some sick parts

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