Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekend Retro Rewind Featuring Billy Joel

Say Goodbye To Hollywood - Long Island's Billy Joel 


Let me first tell you that I'm not a Billy Joel fan, but as a little kid I was! Growing up on Long Island, at some point in your life you have to like Billy Joel. Why? Because Billy is Long Island.

I know I've blogged about my roller skating rink days at Hot Skates in Lynbrook, Long Island several times... But seriously, in the early 1980s when this song came on, it was like everything was right with the world. Why? Three little words. Couples. Only. Skate.

I'd grab the hand of an unsuspecting fellow fifth grader and off we'd skate into the night for an entire 4 minutes and 37 seconds to this particular Billy Joel song you can hear below. Even if my skating partner wasn't particularly cute or stylish; the music, the lights, the glimmer of the disco ball, made him seem almost as cute as Jason Bateman on Little House. It was heavenly.


Please, don't go yet! You have to watch this! You have to see this commercial! It's for the skating rink I blog about constantly and it's actually from around the year I spent the most time there, 1984. Check out the girl's accent. A true Long Island girl!


Ally, age 10

One of my many Hot Skates birthday parties.

I'm with the big grin, bangs and blue velour shirt.



31 comments:

Cheeseboy said...

Jason Bateman was on Little House?

Why are roller skating rinks going extinct? They were so fun back in the day.

Ms. Anthropy said...

My kids did an exhibition type commercial for one of our rinks. I don't think it ever aired.

Copyboy said...

Don't like BJ? Man, you'd really have your Lon Giland membership revoked if you wrote that again. BTW...interesting bit of trivia about the skate commercial. The awkward brunette in the ad is the legendary Debra Winger. I know, right, I was shocked as you all.

Alison said...

"What ah you doin' tonight?"
Uh, stalking boys at the skating rink in a very non-creepy way just like your commercial suggests I do!

QuixoticGirl said...

Ah! I love this post and that commercial!

Ally said...

Cheese- yes Jason was on Little House. He was so adorable too! He played James. Roller rinks made a comeback because of in-line skating a while back.

Copyboy, I don't think you like BJ either - too Long Island for you, no?
Nice lies about Debra.

Alison - so funny!!!

MoonDoggie said...

That commercial is priceless. I grew up in small towns so never really had any local commercials.
That rink certainly looked like the place to be!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

My best friend from Brooklyn knew Billy, or "Williams" when they were just starting as musicians. I forget the names of the bands, but whatever lol great story, I used to go skating too!!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Oops that extra "s" is at no extra charge *blush*

Mimi said...

Sadly, my childhood roller rink is now closed. It was literally my favorite place on Earth - MonroeBowl. I was the roller-limbo queen, and I had red, white & blue skates. Good times.

LaraAnn said...

I was only at a roller skating rink once for a part of a birthday party in either 1981 or 1982. I didn't skate much because I was afraid to- bad memories of braking my arm while doing so in 1980.

I like Billy Joel but not as much as I used to. I have to be in the mood for hearing him- certain songs do annoy me though. Glass Houses is my favourite album of his.

Joann Mannix said...

Oh, my GAWD! I loved roller skating and the highlight of my life, the couples skate. I got my first kiss at the skating rink from the boy I was certain was the love of my life. He wasn't, thank the Good Lord, since the last time I saw him at a reunion, he was unemployed and "just trying to live life in nature."

I'm pretty sure those were his code words for homeless. So, I guess that means my first kiss came from a homeless guy.

And that's the wonderful thing about roller skating rinks.

Jules said...

Ah, the hours I spent at SkateWorld......

mama-face said...

Jason Bateman is hotter now than then. Maybe cuz I'm old.

Oh, this post was about Billy Joel.... You have the best pics from when you were younger. Love the velour shirt.

Veronica Lee said...

Following your lovely blog now.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

This makes me want to go skating and grab some unsuspecting boy to skate around the ring with - so long as I'm able to hug the wall.
Billy Joel is one of my favorites.
Cheers,
Robyn

Teachinfourth said...

It's funny, I remember heading to the skating rink with my cousins growing up…one of the best memories of visits to Clarkston, Washington. Thanks for taking me on your time-travel ride.

By the way, I clicked over via Abe's site…

Mamma has spoken said...

I loved roller skating in my younger years too! The skating rink is still there and in business. We also have a newer skating rink closer by, but my sons didn't get into skating as much as I did.
Oh and as for Billy Joel, he was my hero in the 80's thanks to his song, 'Only the Good Die Young.' Spent many days at an all girl Catholic college singing that song down the hallways....

Lisa Marie said...

I loved roller skating.
I can remember my awesome white skates with hot pink wheels and pink laces and those little pom poms. They were a birthday gift... I felt so cool wearing them...

Riot Kitty said...

Billy Joel was the first music tape I ever got and I still love his stuff, even though I'm not from NY.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I HAD THAT SWEATER!!!!!!!!!

in ugly brown and I hated it.

That sweater is the eason I hate getting gifts. I got it for Christmas and it has scarred me from opening presents since then :-(

bbcd mama said...

I love the short, "boy hair" on the blonde in the commercial. Not sure why women ever thought they should get haircuts like men.

cheeky curves said...

Love the commercial, all we need is ABBA now

Chrissy said...

omg, saw u over on Misadventures site... btw i sent u an email not knowing u had just come from his site.. anyway I love the pics u have here..

MBGITWWR said...

You have to LOVE the old school skating rink euphoria! I was a skating daydreamer myself and oh how I LOVED the couples skate. Even as an awkward redhead with freckles...I was empowered by the music. Thanks for the flashback and for stopping by my blog. I'm excited for things past, present, and future from your delightful blog.

Amy said...

I love the velour shirt! I think I owned one in every color! Oh, the memories!

BTW, I found your blog on teachinfourth's. I love his Joey stories!

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Marlene said...

Ahhh...the roller rinks.....best places in the world. Best time of my life. Haven't put my skates on now in about 8 years...but I'm itching to.

Thanks for triggering the memories. Couples skate really WAS a lot of fun back then.

natalie said...

oh good a fellow LIer who doesn't like billy joel!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

Billy Joel is one of my favorites! Were you guys Huey fans too?

I was never any good at skating.... I just don't think my feet would move in the right direction.... I wonder if I could learn now.... Hmmmm.... Maybe this old dog needs a new trick.... lol

Michelle Pixie said...

Oh that was a riot! All the guys with their "Don Johnson" white pants. Hehehehehehe

I want to go roller skate now!

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