Rollerskating fans of the '70s and '80s, Dire Straits has your theme song: 'Skateaway'
For those of us who grew up in the ‘70's and ‘80s, going to the roller-skating rink was one of the most popular ways to spend free time. The music, the colored lights, speed-skating, couples-skating and naughty teens making out in the back was just part of the roller-skating experience. In 1980, Dire Straits gave a glimpse of that world in their video for Skateaway.
Skateaway was a featured single on Dire Straits Making Movies album that has landed on many best-albums-of-the-‘80s lists. The single, which clocks in at over six minutes, made it as far as No. 58 on the U.S. singles chart in 1981. The nifty rollergirl with the walkman in the video is Jayzik Azikiwe, daughter of a former Nigerian president who went on to have a revered career in Africa as a songwriter/poet. Azikiwe died of cancer in 2008.
Skateaway was just one of many Dire Straits singles that did not make the Top 40, but that would all change in 1985 when Money For Nothing hit No. 1 and became the first Top 40 single for the English band since they arrived on the scene with Sultans of Swing in 1979.