SIX VIDEOS INCORPORATING THE ART OF SKATING
"Kim and Jessie" by M83Oh they have a secret world, alright. A secret world involving creepy eyebrows, homages to Thriller and The Big Lebowski, and a variety of ways to resist each others charms, intertwined limbs and all. Bonus points for the subtle social commentary of having the girls switch to rollerblades for the second half.
"Get Myself Into It" by The Rapture
Well of course! The hipsters wearing white suits are OBVIOUSLY going to throw the biggest multi-cultural skating party you've ever been to! They hang out with the guy wearing the Patrick Ewing jersey all the time! For you to suggest anything else makes YOU the asshole. Their friend in the fedora totally has their back. We're gonna meet back up with him later for some clowning.
Side note: Skating while playing a saxophone will land your ass in Roller Cave jail faster than you can say "Hey mom, why cook?"
"Kissing the Lipless" by The ShinsI don't know how it got started, but it's always there. Anytime I see a man ice skating by himself, something inside me really wants to see him fall. ESPECIALLY if he's wearing an "outfit." I've accepted that this is the way it is, and ultimately I blame Chris Farley.
"Medicine" by Orbit
The graceful ice ingenue who pulled off a triple salchow into one Ross MacLochness' heart. It's all in the hips.
"Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" by Joey LawrenceThis video is like a documentary of my adolescence. Every weekend, me and my friends would make our way to the wrong side of town. It was covered in graffiti and despair, so it was the perfect place to dance on skates, practice floor exercises, and fill up buckets with acrylic paint then dump them out for no reason! Once we had our fill of chillin' on scaffolding, we'd head to the beach for a football game, where I would play both quarterback AND wide receiver. And I haven't even gotten to the giant disorientation globe that we'd spin in! Most people only ride in those at Space Camp, but we always just had one with us. It's how we roll. One time the flannel shirt I had around my waist got caught in one of the rings at the playground. Whoa, indeed.
"Fully Flared" by Spike Jonze
Nobody is wearing skates here. And technically, this isn't a music video. It's the intro to a skating video that Spike Jonze directed. However, it might as well be an M83 video since the soundtrack is their song "Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun" (full circle!) That said, this video is five minutes of jumps and explosions, all in slow motion. Having read that last sentence, you're probably saying to yourself, "There's nothing in that description that doesn't sound ridiculously awesome!" And you are right.