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The Faction

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Biography

The Faction was a punk rock band from San Jose, California who were closely linked to the underground skateboarding culture. The band played primarily during the years 1982 to 1985, although a different lineup recorded three songs and played two shows in 1989, and then another lineup played numerous shows and recorded 4 new songs in the early 21st century. Steve Caballero, one of skateboarding's brightest stars, played bass, and then guitar, in The Faction. Caballero probably attracted a lot of young skateboarders' interest to the band, but the music kept them coming back for more, and he wasn't the only skater in the band. Singer Gavin O'Brien was a heavy local at Winchester Skatepark and was more than able to hold his own in any session: vert, street, banks, whatever. Adam "Bomb" Segal's trademark high top Vans in all the bright, cool colors of the day had ollie holes on both shoes-the dude was doing switch tricks before anyone. Keith Rendon (drummer #1), Ray Stevens, II (bass) and Craig Bosch (drummer #2) were all accomplished skaters; Craig even has a trick named after him: the Bosch (a invert to blunt on a curb, ledge, etc).

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  1.  
    Lyrics
    Forget the light, skate and destroy
    Pass the jogger, skate and destroy
    Snap it back, skate and destroy
    Kick that bike, skate and destroy
    It's not a cause or political belief, it's something in my thinking
    Skate and Destroy  -  27,758 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    Forget the light, skate and destroy
    Pass the jogger, skate and destroy
    Snap it back, skate and destroy
    Kick that bike, skate and destroy
    It's not a cause or political belief, it's something in my thinking
    Skate & Destroy  -  7,566 plays
  3.  
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    Headin' out we're gonna meet the crew
    But first we stop, the boys want brew
    they want brew
    Nooo
    They're under age, we wait and tap
    Let's Go Get Cokes  -  8,510 plays
  4. Skate and Destroy (2009 Remaster)  -  3,709 plays
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    You did your best but it got in your way
    Fear of rejection, you'd watch what you'd say
    Standards were set for you, was it bad or good?
    You did what they did because you thought you should
    But friends and enemies laugh at you
    Friends And Enemies  -  4,851 plays
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