Late 1970s craze
that combined all the excitement
of roller skating
with the hot
sounds and cool
moves of disco
. Those who could skate and dance backwards were looked upon with awe and reverence.
In a career move that must haunt him to this day, Ed Begley, Jr. played a roller disco king in Charlie's Angels episode # 4.10, "Angels on Skates" (airdate 11/21/1979). By the time Roller Boogie*, the movie designed to capitalize on this fad, hit the theaters, roller disco was no more and the film sank like a stone. You can, however, see much roller disco-ing in Xanadu with Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly.
*starring Linda Blair