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(The Atlantic)   Roller discos are making a comeback, claims person full of 70s nostalgia and false hope   (theatlantic.com) divider line 100
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2014-05-14 10:52:42 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Shadow Blasko: So... I guess this means that there Xanadu remake coming?


/Still love that movie. Sorry.

It was on Netflix for a few short minutes (has since been pulled) and I tried to watch for a nostalgic moment.
Good lord that movie sucked.
I guess we were morons in our youth.


ONJ was sooo pretty in that movie and may have been my first starlet crush.
 
2014-05-14 10:53:05 AM  

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My bff had those same skates.

Wellon Dowd: Mugato: Maybe the music just sucked.

The best song of the disco era.


Wrong, there are many contenders.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UaJAnnipkY&feature=kp
 
2014-05-14 10:55:32 AM  
I miss roller skating, I remember going all the time when I was a kid in the late 80's and early 90's, now there's only one rink left and it's in the ghetto, and too expensive to get in. I wonder why they all closed, did interest in skating just hit a massive decline, or was it a combinations of injuries, lawyers, and lawsuits that made such businesses unsustainable?
 
2014-05-14 10:56:50 AM  

Hack Patooey: Young women pretending they cant skate, making a giant spectacle of themselves, then conveniently fake-falling into your arms.


That requires great skill you know. Worse - when you did actually trip and a not cool or attractive guy caught you.
/friend told me
 
2014-05-14 10:57:11 AM  
YMCA
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-14 10:57:51 AM  

Shadow Blasko: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Shadow Blasko: So... I guess this means that there Xanadu remake coming?


/Still love that movie. Sorry.

It was on Netflix for a few short minutes (has since been pulled) and I tried to watch for a nostalgic moment.
Good lord that movie sucked.
I guess we were morons in our youth.

ONJ was sooo pretty in that movie and may have been my first starlet crush.


Oh, no doubt. She was awesome. Poor girl could not dance to save her life though.
Here's a crappy quality clip of the closing number.
 
2014-05-14 11:01:21 AM  

Shadow Blasko: So... I guess this means that there Xanadu remake coming?


/Still love that movie. Sorry.


Or a STARLIGHT EXPRESS revival?
 
2014-05-14 11:03:32 AM  
In very many rural areas, they never went away. They are about the only thing to do for many teenagers.
 
2014-05-14 11:04:32 AM  

Shadow Blasko: So it's Chaka Khan


Tell me something good.
 
2014-05-14 11:05:05 AM  

Mugato: Rapmaster2000: Working class white people hated disco because it represented everything they hated about the times:    whites fraternizing with blacks, homosexual acceptance, and a growing wealth divide epitomized by the cocaine and glamor excess of Studio 54 and its contemporaries juxtaposed with the obvious decline of US manufacturing jobs.

Maybe the music just sucked.


How is that any different than today?  Other than the lack of talent today?
 
2014-05-14 11:12:22 AM  
I never liked skating or disco, but this popped into my head when I saw the headline...
 
2014-05-14 11:13:35 AM  

Rapmaster2000: MFAWG: Rapmaster2000: Working class white people hated disco because it represented everything they hated about the times:    whites fraternizing with blacks, homosexual acceptance, and a growing wealth divide epitomized by the cocaine and glamor excess of Studio 54 and its contemporaries juxtaposed with the obvious decline of US manufacturing jobs.

You really could not be more wrong. EVERYONE loved cocaine.

Somehow I don't feel like the South Side rednecks tearing up Comiskey had the money for coke in 1979.  It was a pretty expensive product then compared to now.


Guarantee there was a lot of cocaine in that crowd. It was everywhere.
 
2014-05-14 11:15:50 AM  
There is an old abandoned Church in San Francisco that has been converted to a roller rink.  It's crazy popular ~  http://www.skategoldengate.com/churchof8wheels.htm

But part of the big resurgence in skating is thanks to Modern Flat Track Roller Derby which started up in Texas in 2005.

At last count there were 243 full-membership leagues in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association and 115 leagues in the Apprenticeship program to become full WFTDA members.   http://www.wftda.com/leagues

The huge surge in popularity in derby in the recent years has prompted more people to get back into traditional quad skates.  The old-school skate/boot manufacturers like Ridell and Sure-Grip have totally modern updated cutting edge product lines now, and there are new manufacturers making incredible products.   My new Bont skates are an excellent example.

Oblig. photo of Gotham's Suzy Hotrod...

cdn2-b.examiner.com

Go skating, it's fun, and good for you...
 
2014-05-14 11:16:49 AM  

MFAWG: Rapmaster2000: MFAWG: Rapmaster2000: Working class white people hated disco because it represented everything they hated about the times:    whites fraternizing with blacks, homosexual acceptance, and a growing wealth divide epitomized by the cocaine and glamor excess of Studio 54 and its contemporaries juxtaposed with the obvious decline of US manufacturing jobs.

You really could not be more wrong. EVERYONE loved cocaine.

Somehow I don't feel like the South Side rednecks tearing up Comiskey had the money for coke in 1979.  It was a pretty expensive product then compared to now.

Guarantee there was a lot of cocaine in that crowd. It was everywhere.


yep
 
2014-05-14 11:20:58 AM  

Wellon Dowd: Women were most beautiful in the 1970's. The previous decade had unshackled them sexually and convinced them to wear much less clothing, but they hadn't yet become convinced that they need plastic surgery to be attractive. It was truly a golden era.


Fact. Halter tops and short shorts.
 
2014-05-14 11:21:45 AM  
Here in Chicago, we have a place called Orbit skate center that always has a great crowd. Just had my daughter's birthday there and the kids loved it. In the offseason, the Blackhawk's organist plays there once a week. And yes, they serve alcohol.
 
2014-05-14 11:21:45 AM  

Wellon Dowd: Women were most beautiful in the 1970's. The previous decade had unshackled them sexually and convinced them to wear much less clothing, but they hadn't yet become convinced that they need plastic surgery to be attractive. It was truly a golden era.


THIS^^ Not a lot of clothing, and what clothing there was consisted of lots and lots of spandex. And it was all real... very little surgery, no ducklips or horrible balloon boob jobs or facelifts so tight they couldn't even close their farking eyes. A great time to hit puberty.
/14 in 1976
//boingcentennial
 
2014-05-14 11:22:19 AM  
They need sugar caddies full of cocaine on every table to get the whole roller disco experience.

Oh, and let's not forget another song from that era.

KISS-go
 
2014-05-14 11:23:05 AM  
I can believe it. Something happened where younger generations have actually started becoming less cool than previous ones for the first time ever. If we get to a point where dancing to Katy Perry in roller skates gets a guy laid we have truly failed.
 
2014-05-14 11:24:31 AM  

moike: There is an old abandoned Church in San Francisco that has been converted to a roller rink.  It's crazy popular ~  http://www.skategoldengate.com/churchof8wheels.htm

But part of the big resurgence in skating is thanks to Modern Flat Track Roller Derby which started up in Texas in 2005.

At last count there were 243 full-membership leagues in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association and 115 leagues in the Apprenticeship program to become full WFTDA members.   http://www.wftda.com/leagues

The huge surge in popularity in derby in the recent years has prompted more people to get back into traditional quad skates.  The old-school skate/boot manufacturers like Ridell and Sure-Grip have totally modern updated cutting edge product lines now, and there are new manufacturers making incredible products.   My new Bont skates are an excellent example.

Oblig. photo of Gotham's Suzy Hotrod...

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Go skating, it's fun, and good for you...


I knew I would see you in here.. LOL
 
2014-05-14 11:29:07 AM  

vudukungfu: Shadow Blasko: So it's Chaka Khan

Tell me something good.


It's GOOD.

soulofsydney.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-14 11:35:36 AM  
Go skating, it's fun, and good for you...

Actually I had street skates similar to the one the black girl is wearing in the photos I posted earlier (short plain tan boots).

One of my old friends is now a Unitarian minister by day and a roller derby competitor "Liv Fearless" by night.
 
2014-05-14 11:37:58 AM  
Like any genre that becomes wildly popular, there was a lot of shiatty disco music made but I could listen to I Feel Love pretty much every day and never tire of it.  There's also a reason Daft Punk is making bank off of Niles Rodgers riffs, Chic was fooking awesome.
 
2014-05-14 11:39:20 AM  
Rapmaster2000:Somehow I don't feel like the South Side rednecks tearing up Comiskey had the money for coke in 1979.  It was a pretty expensive product then compared to now.

Are you kidding me? Back in '79 I was 17 working nights at the Kmart automotive department and half of my paycheck went towards cocaine.
 
2014-05-14 11:41:23 AM  

browntimmy: If we get to a point where dancing to Katy Perry in roller skates gets a guy laid we have truly failed.


If that gets you laid, then I would not say it's a failure.
 
2014-05-14 11:48:48 AM  
I'll be in the corner playing Defender
 
2014-05-14 11:50:42 AM  

bmr68: I'll be in the corner playing Defender


For free if you had the right kind of rink.

/Carpet static was good enough to get you free credits on pretty much every game.

//Go skate a song... grab the metal washer in your pocket, skate up to the game without touching any metal or handrails.. touch washer to coil slot.. Free game.
 
2014-05-14 11:58:46 AM  

bmr68: I'll be in the corner playing Defender


Just for you...
 
2014-05-14 12:00:14 PM  

browntimmy: I can believe it. Something happened where younger generations have actually started becoming less cool than previous ones for the first time ever.


This has happened before. The under-20 crowd sees nothing wrong in wearing black sock with shorts.
 
2014-05-14 12:09:14 PM  

happydude45: Wellon Dowd: Women were most beautiful in the 1970's. The previous decade had unshackled them sexually and convinced them to wear much less clothing, but they hadn't yet become convinced that they need plastic surgery to be attractive. It was truly a golden era.

Fact. Halter tops and short shorts.


tube tops.  and bras were being burned (so they weren't being worn).
 
2014-05-14 12:15:47 PM  

Sofa King Smart: happydude45: Wellon Dowd: Women were most beautiful in the 1970's. The previous decade had unshackled them sexually and convinced them to wear much less clothing, but they hadn't yet become convinced that they need plastic surgery to be attractive. It was truly a golden era.

Fact. Halter tops and short shorts.

tube tops.  and bras were being burned (so they weren't being worn).


Specifically, sequined and/or rainbow-coloured tubetops:

img1.etsystatic.com
 
2014-05-14 12:18:24 PM  
You know what else was big in the 70's? NSFW
 
2014-05-14 12:19:56 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: You know what else was big in the 70's? NSFW


Just the way I like it: thick enough to stop a bullet.
 
2014-05-14 12:23:15 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: browntimmy: If we get to a point where dancing to Katy Perry in roller skates gets a guy laid we have truly failed.

If that gets you laid, then I would not say it's a failure.


Yeah, I don't see a problem. Sounds like some frustrated musician.
 
2014-05-14 12:29:28 PM  

CivicMindedFive: Don't make me come back there again.

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You anti-disco idiots ruined it for me. You made the clubs close down so that I could not get laid, then you raised the drinking age on me so that I could not get laid...and now the pretty women are all gone and i cannot get laid...so that is the reason I am on fark.
 
2014-05-14 12:31:33 PM  
www.notcoming.com
XANADU!
XANADU!
Now we are here IN XANADU!
 
2014-05-14 12:35:26 PM  

leonel: [www.notcoming.com image 780x421]
XANADU!
XANADU!
Now we are here IN XANADU!


Awwwwww yeeeaahhh

mmm .. Wanted a muse for a long time.
 
2014-05-14 12:43:06 PM  

leonel: [www.notcoming.com image 780x421]
XANADU!
XANADU!
Now we are here IN XANADU!


She did an amazing cover!

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-14 01:11:31 PM  
No Heather Grahm roller girl pics from boogie nights?
 
2014-05-14 02:14:54 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Women were most beautiful in the 1970's. The previous decade had unshackled them sexually and convinced them to wear much less clothing, but they hadn't yet become convinced that they need plastic surgery to be attractive. It was truly a golden era.


And, at least on Cape Cod, they loved to sunbathe nude in the dunes.

/golden boyhood
 
2014-05-14 02:19:01 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: How is that any different than today?  Other than the lack of talent today?


I suppose I can't argue with that. Pop music has always sucked. Before my time, during my time, after my time. Pop music has sucked. That's its function.
 
2014-05-14 02:49:24 PM  

leonel: [www.notcoming.com image 780x421]
XANADU!
XANADU!
Now we are here IN XANADU!


I have that on DVD. Along with "Thank God It's Friday" (Donna Summer FTW).

And I watch them. Damn right.
 
2014-05-14 03:02:46 PM  
 
2014-05-14 03:10:43 PM  
I can assure you that roller disco will still be alive and well in the 25th century. I've been told by reputable sources.
 
2014-05-14 03:49:27 PM  
So a new stage production of Starlight Express on the way too?
 
2014-05-14 04:39:33 PM  
 
2014-05-14 06:56:22 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Wellon Dowd: Mugato: Maybe the music just sucked.

The best song of the disco era.

For those of you who are blocked at work, that's Blondie "Heart of Glass;" also, Wellon Dowd is correct.


No, Heart of Glass is horribly over rated. This is the best song of the disco era:

Van McCoy - The Hustle
 
2014-05-14 07:22:14 PM  

kg2095: dj_spanmaster: Wellon Dowd: Mugato: Maybe the music just sucked.

The best song of the disco era.

For those of you who are blocked at work, that's Blondie "Heart of Glass;" also, Wellon Dowd is correct.

No, Heart of Glass is horribly over rated. This is the best song of the disco era:

Van McCoy - The Hustle


Nope. This one is.
Vaughan Mason - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
 
2014-05-14 08:55:20 PM  
www.adherents.com

www.adherents.com

The bar has been lowered again. Where's James Cameron when you need him?
 
2014-05-15 05:41:06 AM  

BiffSpiffy: leonel: [www.notcoming.com image 780x421]
XANADU!
XANADU!
Now we are here IN XANADU!

She did an amazing cover!

[img.fark.net image 850x565]


CHRIST THAT CAMELTOE!
 
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