A halfpipe is a slang term for a skateboard ramp shaped in a downward arch. The song became a skater anthem in the UK.
The band's distinctive sound is a combination of hip-hop, punk and reggae. The success of the song led to their debut album Menace To Sobriety being re-issued, having flopped the year before. The band lost their record deal with Atlantic soon after.
The line, "If I Die Before I Wake, At Least In Heaven I Can Skate" outraged many Christian sects in the UK.
Suggestion credit: Dave - Cardiff, Wales, for all above
Dave from Cardiff, WalesA year after this song came out, Paul Oakenfold released a single called "Starry-Eyed Surprise", which drew comment from UK critics for its uncanny similarity to "Heaven Is A Halfpipe"