Photo by Sam Figueroa via Flickr Creative Commons
Heavy is the head that wears the disco ball.
From Northridge to Cerritos, roller-skating is an activity Angelenos have been slow to let go of, and for good reason. Lace up as we take a look back at 8 great moments in L.A.'s roller-skating crazed history:
1) Released in 1979 at arguably the height of L.A.'s non-ironic affair with the roller skate, "Roller Boogie" opens with a Cher anthem — "Hell on Wheels" — and features Linda Blair in a classic tale of Beverly Hills girl meets Venice Beach boy meets roller rink mobster. It's enough to make your head spin.
1b) Fun fact: "Hell on Wheels" has its own roller-skating video. Admittedly, it looks like a beer commercial, but really it's just Cher on roller skates wearing zebra spandex being chased by a giant truck because that's how early music videos did it. American Apparel, eat your heart out.
2) There's the more civilized/less disco Steve Martin "performance art" roller skating in the museum scene of "L.A. Story" in 1991:
3) In 2009, "Down & Derby" at the Echoplex was a thing that happened. Had you been in the dark belly of the uneven basement you would agree that while the video below is dizzying, it is a fair representation:
4) Roller Derby is another interpretation of quad skate greatness. In this 1974 filmed-in-LA footage, the Los Angeles lady T-Birds tangle with the Philadelphia Warriors:
5) DISH TV's description of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John/Pan Pacific Park masterpiece, "Xanadu," reads: "A mythological muse helps an artist and former big-band clarinetist open a roller disco." Any questions?:
6) "Lucy and Ramona, cruisin' through the jungles of L.A.," on roller skates. Things get wheel in this early Michael Nesmith music video:
7) "Jack Tripper" on roller skates. John Ritter shows off his fall down moves in this 1982 episode of "Three's Company." The plot of "Diamond Jack?" On a date at a Venice roller rink there is a mixup: