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Classic South Florida Roller Skating Tunes

C. Stiles

Some of the hottest roller skating tracks of all time are booty, bass, and freestyle songs that were wildly popular a few decades back in South Florida. That’s because many of the jams were produced locally by outfits like Luke Records, as in the label of 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell. A few of the songs are now so obscure that they seem like dusty inventions of the memory. That is, until the deejay revives a classic at the rink. 


Get ready for synthesizers and robotic voices, punctuated by sounds like the one Ms. Pacman makes when she swallows a ghost. Here are a few fave tracks that didn’t make it into this week’s “Roller Jam” story:

“When I Hear Music” – Debbie Deb (1983)

“Planet Rock” – Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force (1982)

“Give It All You Got” – Afro-Rican (1987)

(Y’all might recognize these beats from Fergie’s “Fergalicious.")

“It’s Automatic” – Freestyle (1986)

“Poison Ivy” – Young and Restless (1987)

“Let the Music Play” – Shannon(1983)

“Push It” – Salt-n-Pepa (1987)

“Diamond Girls” – Nice & Wild (1986)

“Play at Your Own Risk” – Planet Patrol (1982)

“Wild Thing” – Tone Loc (1988)

“I’ll Be All You Ever Need” – Trinere (1986)

-- Amy Guthrie

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as and He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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