Friday, May 14, 2010

Roller Boogie - Roller Skate or Die

For my contribution to Blair Week, I've chosen to upload the soundtrack to the Roller Boogeying classic Roller Boogie from director Mark Lester (Class of 1984, Firestarter, Commando). I had never seen Roller Boogie before, but for the sake of Blair Week I sat down and checked it out so I'd have a little something to talk about here.

In Roller Boogie, Linda is Terry Barkley, a floutist turned competitive roller disco fanatic who, along with her retardedly hot friend Lana (Kimberly Beck aka Trish Jarvis from Friday the 13th IV) get sucked in the wacky, and kind of stupid world of dancing on roller skates.

Despite being a musical prodigy on her way to Juliard with supremely wealthy parents, all the semi-bi-polar Terry wants to do is skate at the boardwalk. During one of here boardwalk skates Terry catches the eye of Bobby, local Olympic roller skating hopeful (???). After a good deal of effort on Bobby's part the 2 develop a relationship while Bobby trains Terry to skate as his partner in an upcoming roller boogie competition.

Everything is fine for the new couple for about a 20-minute stretch of the movie. Of course, we need some kind of plot to make this an actual movie and that's where rink owner Jammer comes in. Seems Jammer (who would let their kids go to a place owned by a guy called Jammer?) owns the last establishment a group of mobsters need to purchase and demolish before they can build their mall. He refuses to sell, but Jammer, despite being a former roller derby champion, turns into a real pussy when a gun is pointed at his face, so he decides to sell. It's up to the kids to figure out a way to save Jammer's or else they'll have to skate at one of the 20 other roller skating places at Venice Beach in 1979.

Featuring a colorful cast of characters with names like Phones (head, not rotary or pay), J.D. The DJ, and Complete Control Conway Roller Boogie is every bit as corny as it's title would make it seem. However, if you can get through the absurd amount of roller skate themed padding, there's actually a fairly fun late 70's teen comedy here.

Of course, you'd expect a roller skate movie from the 70's to have a pretty bitchin' soundtrack, and this one delivers the bitchin-ness

Hell On Wheels - Cher
Good Girls - Johnnie Coolrock
All For One, One For All - Mavis Vegas Davis
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
We Got The Power - Ron Green
Top Jammer - Cheeks
Summer Love - Bob Esty
Takin' Life In My Own Hands - Ron Green
Elektronix (Roller Dancin') - Bob Esty & Cheeks
Cunga - Bob Esty (Instrumental)
Evil Man - Mavis Vegas Davis
Lord Is It Mine - Bob Esty
Rollin' Up A Storm (The Eye Of The Hurricane) - Bob Esty
The Roller Boogie - Bob Esty
Love Fire - Bob Esty & Michele Aller
Bonus Tracks
Git Down (Guitar Groupie) - Cher
Hell on Wheels (12 inch version) - Cher
Night Dancer - Jean Shy

Our colleagues are bringing fresh Linda related content all week long:

Monday May 10:
Lost Video Archive - Savage Streets
Satan's Hope Chest - Chained Heat and Savage Island

Camp Movie Camp - Grotesque
The Horror Section - Hell Night
Full Moon Reviews - Bailout

Illogical Contraption gets Repossessed
Lines That Makes Things drops original Linda inspired artwork
Breakfast In the Ruins - Exorcist II

B Movies and Beyond - Summer of Fear
Camp Movie Camp - Nightforce

The Manchester Morgue - Roller Boogie
Happy Otter - The Chilling
Ninja Dixon - The Witchery

Lost Video Archive - Born Innocent
Unflinching Eye wraps it up with a look at Linda's fall from grace.


The Goodkind said...

Awesome! I probably shouldn't admit this, but I am looking forward to rocking out to this later tonight. I'm glad you mentioned Linda's bipolarity, I was really perturbed by her rapid and violent fluctuations in mood.

phelpster said...

Yeah, it's like they were writing the script as the went along, her mood changes sometimes 2 or 3 times in a single scene. Very oddly written character. Hope you enjoyed the tunes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. How in the world did you register for cinimammegon ? I have been trying forver to sign up for it :( - Is it as good as some claim ?

cerita said...

nice posting

cerita said...

i like it

lowongan cpns said...

so classic

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