This is sooooo Skateland in Columbia, Maryland for me. You know that 2-step to the right and then 2-step to the left with your hips swaying that we used to do? LMAO!!! 😆 Couples skate, leaning on the edge of the rink wall when you weren’t skating and sticking your arm out for people to slap it…and hoping that cool guy slapped your hand. How about the middle rink area where all the rolling skate gurus hung out and showed off their moves, doing the limbo, super cheap greasy pizza, maybe having your birthday party there? I know I wanted to have my birthday party there, but I never did (parents, you may feel guilty now…hee! hee!), but I went to plenty of them. Is Skateland in Columbia, Maryland even still there anymore?
Since you probably no longer have your shoe skates or those white skates that had the metal wheels (man! i’m going waaaaay back on that one)- you know? the kind they wouldn’t let you use on the floor at Skateland?- just do the wop instead and rock it out to this week’s Throwback Friday post “I Wonder If I Take You Home” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.
Excerpt of music bio for Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam from Yahoo! Music. Read the full bio HERE.
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were one of the most musically diverse and successful recording acts of the ’80s. With hits produced and written by Full Force, the six-man performing/songwriting/production team from East Flatbush/Brooklyn, NY, they scored million-selling hits with dance-based tracks (“I Wonder if I Take You Home”), beautiful ballads (“All Cried Out”), and unabashed pop tunes (“Head to Toe,” “Lost in Emotion”). They were one of the early exponents of what later became hip-hop R&B. With five gold singles, two number one singles on both the R&B and the pop charts, two platinum albums, and inclusions on various compilations and movie soundtracks, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam were the most successful act of Full Force’s “One Big Family” roster of acts.
Bio from VH1 (excerpt). Read rest HERE.
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam recorded their debut single, “I Wonder if I Take You Home,” soon after forming in 1985, releasing it as an independent single. The group quickly signed to Columbia Records, which re-released the single; it climbed into the R&B Top Ten and the U.K. Top 20. The group amassed a number of hit songs throughout the ’80s, yet by the end of the decade their success had begun to dry up; they disbanded after 1991’s Straight Outta Hell’s Kitchen. Lisa Lisa embarked on a solo career, releasing the commercially unsuccessful LL 77 in 1993. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide