Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" by Vaughan Mason & Crew

Song#:  0092
Date:  03/22/1980
Debut:  92
Peak:  81
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Disco, Dance, R&B



Pop Bits:  Mason came up with the idea for a roller skating song by reading in the Wall Street Journal that 300,000 pairs of skates were sold each year. He went to the rink and watched skaters and transformed what he saw and heard into this R&B hit (#5). With disco on the wane, the song didn't fare too well on the pop chart, but R&B definitely laced up for the song and in later years it would be sampled by several artist like Digital Underground, De La Soul, Heavy D, and LL Cool J.

ReduxReview:  Hmm...maybe back in my skating days I might have enjoyed circling the rink to this, but it's not a very exciting jam. Plus, when you have a themed song about skating, do you really want to hear it elsewhere? Unless it is something really great, I doubt it. So this was probably nice at Rollerworld, but at other times I'd think it non-essential.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  The song was only released as a 12" single, which typically were much lower sellers than the standard 7" singles. Limited sales can affect chart position and it may have in this case. Or maybe pop radio just didn't want a skating song...

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1 comment:

  1. This song seemed to go on for about 10 minutes (although just over 5). It has a good base bass beat, but it's so repetitive it made me tired.

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