Tonight marks the end of an era at the Gold Coast Roller Skating Rink, which scrapes the glittery bottom of Fort Lauderdale. With the rink officially closing after Sunday, this is the final Tuesday night party in the space. Not only will this be the last night of Gay Skate/Intoxiskate, a party that has carried forth for the past 43 years, many other Gold Coast revelers are set to be in the building. Although operations manager Miles Miron has taken his wheels home (read our interview with him here), one such individual, who claims to feel more comfy in a pair of skates than shoes, is Sweat Records' Lauren "Lolo" Reskin.
In 2006 and 2007, Reskin attracted comers from all corners of South Florida for Roll Out parties featuring a wide variety of freestyle, synthesizer pop, and disco-flavored dance tracks that have the ideal BPM for fancy footwork, flashy all-around rolling, and looking fresh with your homeboys and homegirls. In memory of many high-powered Roll Out nights, we asked her to dig into her old playlists for some of the choicest skate jams and her commentary.
Starting with the old school...
Strafe - "Set It Off"
"Y'all want this party started, right? One of the all-time classic shuffle jams, the whistle alone gets me excited and ready to skate. Fun fact: the instrumental version on the 12" b-side is twelve and half minutes long."
Stevie B - "Spring Love"
Nice & Wild - "Diamond Girl"
"If these songs don't get to you, you probably didn't grow up here. '¡Si tu errrrrreeeeeeessssss!'"
Expose - "Point Of No Return"
Just more classic freestyle. I'm pretty sure I heard this every Saturday morning for my entire young life at Hott Wheels in Kendall.
Debbie Deb - "Lookout Weekend"
Smoke machines and laser rays! Exactly what a rink should be about (she only forgets to mention the snack bar).
And now, the newer school...
Daft Punk - "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
Somehow this song is more fun to skate to than dance to.
Annie - "Greatest Hit"
A super skate-friendly rework of "Everybody" by Madonna.
Madonna - "Hung Up"
Speaking of Madonna... This track has the perfect tempo for fast laps around the rink.
The Rapture - "Get Myself Into It"
The video is shot in another now-deceased roller rink. 'Nuff said.
Cutting Crew "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"
The Jets "Cross My Broken Heart" (from Beverly Hills Cop II)
Cherelle feat. Alexander O'Neal "Saturday Love"
Debbie Gibson "Electric Youth"
Egyptian Lover "Egypt, Egypt"
Kraftwerk "Trans Europe Express"
Shannon "Let The Music Play"
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Intoxiskate. 8 p.m. to midnight. Tuesday, August 9 at Gold Coast Roller Rink, 2604 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Click here.