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Roller Blade Seven: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Have you ever wanted to be in a music video? I know I did. Back in the day, way back in the way back when, when I was focusing my career primarily on acting, I hoped to land a gig as the lead in a music video. As an actor, I got a few small rolls in music videos but never that lead roll I had hoped for. I was offered to play a character in the video for November Rain by Guns n’ Roses but I thought that would be a little too weird as I used to rent videos from Axel at Tower Records on Sunset and the band used to rehearse at my friend’s studio, so I knew them, in that weird way, a little too well so I turned it down. Which, of course, pissed off my agent, as she didn’t get her ten percent. A few of my actor friends were in that video, however. Of course, this was back when music videos really set the stage for life…

Very soon after this, Don Jackson and I set about making the first Zen Film, The Roller Blade Seven—my life and my career quickly changed as did my filmmaking focus from not only actor to filmmaker. Pretty much from that point forward I have made films, of one type or another, nonstop.

I often speak about how there is virtually never a week that goes by that someone does not ask me some question about The Roller Blade Seven. I am also often directed to reviews, mostly criticizing, the movie. Some of my other films like Samurai Vampire Bikers from Hell, Max Hell Frog Warrior, and Guns of El Chupacabra receive this same treatment but never, at least not yet, as fervently as does The Roller Blade Seven. So, whatever we did when we made that film we did something right because thirty years later people are still discussing it.

It’s kind of funny, when I woke up this morning I was thinking about writing a piece about the mindset that Don and I possessed while making movies like The Roller Blade Seven and Max Hell Frog Warrior as still, to this day, no matter how much I have spoken or written about these films, so often the people who speak about them really miss the point—they get so much wrong and they never understand our intentions or motivations.

Anyway, I was planning to write that piece until I was checking my emails and someone pointed me in the direction of a new music video that was just posted using footage from the Roller Blade Seven.

I’ve spoken about this before, but the first band that used footage from RB7, for their music video, was a Scandinavian electronica band back in the '90s. It was good. I never downloaded that video, however, thinking it would be up forever. Unfortunately, it was not. Since then, a couple of bands have used RB7 footage. Some of the music I have liked, others I have not. But, this new video and/or their music is pretty good—good usage of the footage.

I guess I should throw them some props. The band is called Valuemart and the song is called Born to Kill. You can find it on YouTube. I also popped up a link to it over on the NEWS page of this website.

I don’t know the people in this band—never met them; at least not that I know of. But, I checked them out and their music is good. They also have a page over on Bandcamp. So, check them out if you feel like it.

Kinda funny… My lady was passing by when I was watching the video and I told her about it. She made the joke, “Why does everybody like thirty-two year old Scott Shaw so much and not sixty-two year old Scott Shaw?” …Though I think I look pretty much the same. Happy

Anyway, I never really thought about it or consciously realized it until this morning, I guess I finally got to be that lead in music video that I hoped for so many years ago. So, thanks guys!

Life is weird… But, if you don’t create, then nothing is created. If Don and I had never made RB7 I might never have become the lead in someone else’s music video. Happy So, my advice; create. Maybe you will make your own Roller Blade Seven that people will still be talking about and using footage from for their music videos some thirty years later.