Another Derby Extra: The Rollergames TV Show Soundtrack

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This Extra is a part of the Another Derby Series. Click here for the full series index.

Remember the 1989 TV show, Rollergames? You know, the mutant version of roller derby that had a figure-8 track, a jump ramp, and the infamous alligator pit? If you grew up in the 70s or early 80s you’re probably old enough to remember watching it. (If not, be enlightened with Another Derby #2: Rollergames, a WRDN retrospective and appreciation of the insanity that was the TV show.)

Rollergames was extremely well-rated, but financial issues doomed the show to an early death before a full season could be completed. Despite this, the show’s popularity spawned merchandise befitting of the show’s impact: A pinball machine, a Nintendo game, an arcade game—and yes, even a lunch box. If you were good enough to be on a lunch box in the 1980s…

Anyway, no expense was spared in the production of Rollergames. A big part of the show was its music, which included everything from a catchy theme song, intro music for the teams, halftime performances by artists—some of which were also skaters on the show—and even a team with a rock n’ roll theme.

The show also produced a CD soundtrack, which was released in 1989. Because this was early days for the compact disc format, not many copies were produced. Those looking to take a roll down memory lane with the pinball machine, the Nintendo game, and the arcade game need only go to YouTube to see these artifacts in action.

But because the soundtrack was released well before the digital music era, it was impossible to relive the musical memories of Rollergames without getting your hands on a rare, physical copy of the original album. The CD is decades out of print, it’s not (nor will it ever be) available on iTunes, and the original production company behind the album ceased to exist once the television show went under, since they were the same company.

Despite these obstacles, someone has gotten their hands on the rare, physical copy of the original Rollergames soundtrack album. More importantly, that someone was kind enough to rip and share the CD, for all to enjoy. Now, it will forever exist on the Internet.

Let’s get ready to rock!

As a service to this great show, all 13 tracks from the soundtrack are here for the taking. There’s Rock and Rollergames, the show’s rockin’ main theme; the epic rock ballad that is All in the Game, to the amazing/horrible/hilarious Rollergator, the intro music for the alligator.

(Yes, the alligator had its own theme song. This is significant!)

Though the album, and the show itself, was produced at the turn of the decade, the vibe of the music is pure 1980s. It’s schlock, but damn it all, it’s quasi-roller derby schlock, and that should count for something in this day in age.

If you need some unique pre-bout music for your DJs, you want to be the life of your afterparty, or you just want a look back into what music was like three decades ago, check out the album. It’s a part of roller derby history, in the same way that 1980s pop culture is a part of American history. Whatever that means.

Listen to the Rollergames soundtrack on YouTube

Download the Rollergames soundtrack:
256kbps AAC | 128kbps MP3

Rollergames Soundtrack Album Track/Artist List:

  1. Rock and Rollergames – Douglas Cooper Getschal
  2. Hit and Run (Hot Flash Theme) – Tammy Hanson
  3. Kick Butt (Violators Theme) – David Sams
  4. Rock It (Rockers Theme) – Holly Fields, Tammy Hanson, Dar the Star, Debbie Darnell
  5. Rollergator – Douglas Cooper Getschal
  6. Made in the U.S.A. (T-Birds Theme) – Dar the Star
  7. Commissioner’s Theme
  8. All in the Game – Jarrett Michaels
  9. Show Off – Holly Fields
  10. No Brakes (Maniacs Theme) – Douglas Cooper Getschal
  11. Bad Attitude (Bad Attitude Theme) – Tammy Hanson
  12. Out of Control
  13. On the Way to Our Dreams – Douglas Cooper Getschal, Debbie Darnell

A very special thanks to Brian A. for obtaining and sharing this album!

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brian on 31 March 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This is great!!! And I agree rollergater has to be the cheesiest song I have ever herd which make it so awesome!

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  2. Posted by Dusty on 1 April 2013 at 1:05 am

    An absolute must for any derby fanatic! I remember sitting up late at night with my dad to watch derby … this is nostalgia and a piece of derby history saved from oblivion! Thank you so much for resurrecting this soundtrack!

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  3. Posted by theoriginaldonald on 9 May 2013 at 5:06 pm

    David Sams thought he was Rick Derringer? There’s only one word to describe my feeling upon finding that out. #DEVASTATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Hey, don’t forget about Rollergames magazine (I was the editor!)

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    • Posted by Brian M. on 27 November 2013 at 1:29 pm

      still waiting for issue #2…..LOL

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      • HA! If my fading memory is correct, I believe we actually had issue 2 pretty much written and designed when the plug was pulled … I believe Rollergames actually could have been successful, except there were far too many competing visions of what the show was supposed to be. Had everyone bought into once single vision going in and gotten behind it, they probably could have done very well. Ah, well, it was fun while it lasted. (And inquiring minds want to know: Where are Guru Drew and El Fabuloso today?!)

      • Posted by Brian M. on 5 December 2013 at 11:26 am

        I don’t guess you happen to have a copy of it (or at least the items that you were going to print with)??? I’d love to see pics/scans of what is left if you do!

    • Posted by Brian M. on 17 April 2014 at 8:42 pm

      @Craig Peters did you ever find issue #2????

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  5. Posted by Brian M. on 27 November 2013 at 1:48 pm

    there was cassette’s made of the soundtrack and 1 issue of Rollergame Magazine too!

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