RollerStop DJ Set Archive: July 2016 – May 2019

Hey there!

Yep, its been a while since my last update between life, disco, roller derby and everything else in between.

First off, I’m very thankful to RollerStop for asking me to DJ time and time again.

With that in mind, here is my full archive of DJ sets I’ve done for this wonderful roller disco in Glasgow – starting off with my demo mixes which helped me get a foot… or skate in the door, as well as a bonus Gin & Disco Mix. The third demo mix lasts just shy of three hours.

If you get a playback error when the audio links load up, double click on the one want to hear and then click on the play icon. It’ll either open up in a web browser or through the Mixcloud app.

Enjoy!

DEMO MIXES



ROLLERSTOP DJ MIXES

001 – July 7th 2016

002 – September 15th 2016

003 – October 20th 2016

004 – October 22nd 2016

005 – December 8th 2016

006 – December 22nd 2016

007 – January 7th 2017

008 – January 12th 2017

009 – February 25th 2017

010 – March 2nd 2017

011 – March 25th 2017

012 – April 29th 2017 – Includes Live Mic Recording from RollerStop

013 – May 27th 2017 – Bank Holiday Weekend

014 – July 20th 2017

015 – August 10th 2017

016 – September 9th 2017

017 – December 9th 2017

018 – January 27th 2018

019 – March 3rd 2018

020 – March 24th 2018

021 – May 5th 2018

022 – April 7th 2018

023 – July 28th 2018

024 – August 4th 2018

025 – August 17th 2018 – Regulars Night

026 – August 23rd 2018

027 – September 1st 2018

028 – November 24th 2018

029 – December 15th 2018 – RollerStop Christmas Party

030 – December 22nd 2018

031 – January 31st 2019

032 – February 16th 2019 – Fallen Stars

033 – February 28th 2019

034 – April 20th 2019 – Prom Night

035 – May 4th 2019

GIN & DISCO MIX

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Don’t Stop The Music – RollerStop DJ Sets

Huge thanks to RollerStop for letting me DJ at the rink time and time again. 🙂

My Mixcloud page has every set I’ve done from July 2016 through to March 2017 including download links.

You can also stream my most recent sets below – enjoy!

Roller Disco Mixes

Its been a while since I posted a mix or two here – possibly because I’ve been too busy going to the roller discos at RollerStop every other week in Glasgow. That and my new found love for roller disco movies – you can find my review of “Skatetown, U.S.A.” in my preview post.

With that in mind, I’ve thought what it would be like to be a DJ at a roller rink – both in the present day and during disco’s hey-day. This is what I’ve came up with.

Let me know what you think. 🙂

Roller Disco Movie Review: “Skatetown, U.S.A.” (1979)

Skatetown USA Poster

“Skatetown, U.S.A.” (1979)

Dir: William A. Levey

MPAA Rating: PG

This is the kind of film that could’ve easily came from one of my dreams after a night out at RollerStop in Kinning Park – though for some this could be a nightmare.

Released at the height of disco’s popularity just before the backlash kicked in, it’s a charming time-capsule of a movie, featuring live performances from GQ and Dave Mason during their hey-day. With that said their appearances seem to be fillers that add nothing to the narrative.

Taking place over the course of one night in the rink, Stanley (Greg Bradford) is there alongside his sister Susan (Maureen McCormick) and friend Richie (Scott Baio) to try to win a roller disco competition – you know it’s the 70s when the prize also includes a moped. After entering he soon finds out he is up against Ace Johnson, the leader of a gang called the West Side Wheelers played by the late Patrick Swayze. What makes things more interesting is that Stanley also develops a crush on Ace’s sister Allison (Katherine Kelly Long).

The concept of a tough, masculine gang being on skates seems a bit out of place especially after seeing a graceful, arguably feminine dance routine as they enter the rink. With that said, Patrick’s performance as their leader is sexy and charismatic – during one sequence he solo dances while whipping the belt off his jeans leaving little to the imagination.

The movie suffers from having too many supporting roles that are either simple stereotypes such as Teri (Judy Landers), a blonde bombshell with less than average intellect, another “Mexican” skater in the competition by the name of Pistol Pete (Gary Hudson) with what looks like a Yosemite Sam Halloween costume and stick-on moustache or by having random roller disco dance routines without main or supporting characters that seem to simply fill up the running time.

Add to that we have the Skatetown Doctor (Bill Kirchenbauer) who suffers from PTSD after his time in Vietnam though it’s played comically which might have been acceptable in 70s, those less so now. As if it were not obvious by what we see on-screen, we are told he is getting crazy by an annoying flashing green light and electronic tone over the movie’s diegetic sound.

Despite all these shortcomings there’s something quite charming about this film – the soundtrack is perfect for its time featuring hits from Earth, Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, Patrick Hernandez, McFadden & Whitehead, Cheap Trick and even a catchy Rolling Stones disco cover by Hounds. Some comedic set ups work too, like a girl waiting what seems to be an eternity for pizza while the late real-life comic Leonard Barr playing himself, comes out with countless one-liners. We are also treated with some stand up from Murray Langston performing one of his Unknown Comic routines, his other ones are definitely worth watching on YouTube.

The set design looks terrific – the flashing lights, wide open rink space make it look like a heavenly place to roller skate in. The feel-good soundtrack which you can also find on Spotify below this review and comic book tone of the film mean I’m happy to forgive it failings. It can firmly be described as a guilty pleasure which also has cult following, perhaps in part due to its hard-to-find nature as it is still yet to have an official release on VHS, DVD or Blu Ray.

“Skatetown, U.S.A” I can best describe as a popcorn film – one where you don’t question the narrative’s realism because there isn’t any. Its pure fantasy as we are reminded towards the very end by one character. Plus the more I think about this film, the more I want to see it again and head to my local roller disco afterwards.