Wildcat Music

In some ways this seems like a complete guide to the human subconscious over the past thirty or so years. Perhaps that's what is needed to help performers wend their way through some of this crazy stuff. It takes time to do it, but this is what helped, and in what order. Some of these pieces may present more trouble than others. That is because each of them has different technical and artistic demands. These songs seem to follow a certain gradation as you move through the list and then come back around to the top again. It's fun to play with songs at different spots in the list and see how they feel.

Honestly, for best interpretation, it is best to have at least five technically solid triples to attempt any of these pieces without getting hurt. I know skaters today have put some of these pieces on the ice without meeting those standards, but I would never have advised it. But then those are the standards I grew up around. So be it. Do what you want to. But don't say I didn't warn you. Some of these songs bite back.

I am currently working on an extended essay for each song, to be posted when I get a chance to type it in. (I handwrite everything and then put it in.) I will be doing this so that the first ten song essays are on one page, the second ten on another, etc., so that you can download them and have references on all the songs that sort of fit together in the list. All the songs that are near each other sort of go together, and a 1-10 sorting generally worked (11-20, 21-30, etc.). Very interesting list, this. Wildcats lived by it when they weren't working on the "jump harness" training songs. (Coming up when I get a chance...there is so much to type in....just for starters. Partridge Family. Jackson 5 (not Michael Jackson solo, not the Jacksons, not any other solo Jackson family member -- the Jackson 5, otherwise you risk your skate blades for training). And this interesting little ditty by Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family: "Heartbeat, It's A Lovebeat." Wow. Talk about producing skaters....more later. Let me get to this. This site has a life and a mind of its own, I swear, of its own.)

Wildcatters used to fight over skating rights to the following songs:

  1. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John -- two quints or you're out of the race.
  2. Pinball Wizard, Elton John -- if you can see the blades on footwork sequences, take a number.
  3. Born to be Wild -- spend more time in the air than on the ice. At least during the choruses.
  4. Black Water, Doobies -- What, no coliseum-length spiral? Sorry. Try later. The tape's already gone.
  5. China Grove, Doobies -- Generally reserved for pairs. Some passages just take four blades.
  6. Dark Lady, Cher -- Mostly a girl song. But people kept finding more depth in it. You had to wear black or suffer.
  7. Half-Breed, Cher -- Another pairs/dance piece. Soloists rarely tried this. Make sure you really like your partner.
  8. I Honestly Love You, Olivia Newton-John -- Girl fight heaven. Edges had better be less than 45 degrees off the ice to compete. Period.
  9. Love's Theme, Love Unlimited Orchestra -- Always popular. Can you do a triple axel in the middle of a footwork sequence? A fast one? Check your edges.
  10. Star Wars Theme, Meco -- First gone on Friday nights after big tests. Split jumps had better be perfect or Donald won't let you have it. Poifect.
  11. Operator, Manhattan Transfer -- Your arms had better be as long as your spirals.
  12. Star Wars Theme, John Williams -- Everybody wanted this one. Fake guns on the ice. No fair buying them.
  13. Cantina Band, John Williams -- Everything went. The more color, the better. Costumes ruled. Moms stayed up very, very late.
  14. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas. Sitspin heaven. Kindly be able to reverse feet in midsit. Without changing the leg you stuck out.
  15. Smoke On the Water, Deep Purple -- Can you air-guitar a triple axel?
  16. Born to Run/Jungleland, Bruce Springsteen -- Expression won this. Usually best done after a breakup. You never want to see exes fight.
  17. Staying Alive, Bee Gees -- Every moment of this had to sing. Hands and feet sold the piece. And hang-time axels. Big ones.
  18. Jive Talking, Bee Gees -- Can you coordinate footwork with pretending you're from the Isle of Man and you just got your foot stepped on?
  19. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, Meatloaf -- Very sexual. Don't be afraid of yourself.
  20. Another One Bites the Dust, Queen -- The only time lights were allowed on costumes. The feet had better be blinking as fast as the lights.
  21. Back in the USSR, the Beatles -- Nail that screaming intro and you've got it. Generally with a quad into a Springsteen slide.
  22. Don't Get Fooled Again, the Who -- Go look at Picasso's Guernica. That's all you need.
  23. Honky Tonk Woman, the Rolling Stones -- Super-sharp skates. Triple axel heaven. Fast ones.
  24. Special Lady, Ray Goodman and Brown -- Good pairs song. Good spirals on both sides.
  25. At Seventeen, Janis Ian -- Solo song. Take out all your anger. On the camera.
  26. Music Box Dancer.
  27. Dish Rag, Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker (Sheffield Labs Records).
  28. Traces, Harry James (Sheffield Labs Records).
  29. Nadia's Theme. Make it look quiet and turn as many flips as she did.
  30. Adagio, Albinoni.
  31. White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane.
  32. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, J.S. Bach.
  33. Sing, Sing Sing, Benny Goodman.
  34. In the Mood. Try it with the ducks.
  35. Moonlight Sonata. I've seen three better than G&G's.
  36. When the Saints Go Marching In, Louis Armstrong.
  37. Thunderdome, Tina Turner.
  38. Another Brick In the Wall -- tape all sections together or your blades will break. This song has definite preferences.
  39. Candle I -- try a pink costume.
  40. Time, Clock Of the Heart.
  41. Karma Chameleon.
  42. Mickey. A couples song. Make her sail.
  43. All The Young Girls Love Alice -- be ready to explore some deep issues.
  44. Social Disease. I dare you to do it pairs. Dare you.
  45. Billy Bones and the White Bird -- Make the girl be the bird.
  46. Black and White -- Michael Jackson.
  47. Planet Rock. At the oddest times this would be #1.
  48. "Suppertime" from You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Acrobatic as all hell.
  49. We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel. Excellent for kids of Jewish heritage. Makes them think. Some try tattooes. A lot do, in fact.
  50. Big Shot, Billy Joel.
  51. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant.
  52. Don't Cry for Me, Argentina -- try the original.
  53. Delirious, Prince.
  54. We Built This City.
  55. Like a Prayer -- solo.
  56. Like a Prayer -- duo. (This song is done so differently solo vs. duo that you may as well list it that way.)
  57. Vogue. Move like the camera.
  58. She Blinded Me with Science.
  59. Runaway.
  60. Good Vibrations. Generally pairs.
  61. Kokomo. Never done duo.
  62. Come Together.
  63. Revolution.
  64. Eminence Front.
  65. What's Love Got to Do with It?
  66. Thriller -- totally dark rink to start with -- the only way it can be done.
  67. I'll Be There -- either version, amazingly.
  68. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love.
  69. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine -- worth three places in any dance competition.
  70. 867-5309.
  71. 1999.
  72. When Doves Cry -- how bad do you really want gold?
  73. Monday, Monday.
  74. The Message -- Grandmaster Flash and his Furious Five.
  75. Wanna Be Starting Something.
  76. Burn Down the Mission.
  77. Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding --I said both. The song doesn't end there, people!
  78. You Don't Have to Be A Star.
  79. Only Yesterday -- fought over bitterly at the oddest of times.
  80. Top of the World -- same. Can a soloist even do this song?
  81. Have You Never Been Mellow.
  82. The Lord's Prayer (sung by some Australian nun, as I recall -- can't remember the name). Can rip an arena apart. Mystifyingly low-placed.
  83. The Watergate Bug.
  84. White Knight -- one of the greatest of the patter songs. Go, Belle, go!
  85. The Pink Panther.
  86. Theme from Laverne and Shirley.
  87. Theme from Happy Days.
  88. Theme from the Jeffersons.
  89. Beverly Hills Cop/Axel F -- caught on late, but heavily fought for.
  90. Could It Be Magic -- Barry Manilow. Could rip an audience apart.
  91. Mandy, Barry Manilow. Amazingly underrated.
  92. Ring Ring. I am not joking.
  93. Imagine. I never liked it, but there are those who did.
  94. Watching the Wheels.
  95. Just Like Starting Over -- skated in black since December 1980, basically.
  96. I Don't Know How to Love Him -- pinpoint spotlight. Two feet out from the costume. Two.
  97. Liar.
  98. Valley Girl. Long version. High kick heaven. Denise Biellmann, eat your skates!
  99. You May Be Right.
  100. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. Note the piano run. Please. Thank you. (Sigh)
  101. Rosalinda's Eyes.
  102. Christie Lee. The ultimate girl song.
  103. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress).
  104. Do You Feel Like I Do. I said the original, boys. The originals.
  105. Angie Baby. Great for playing with strange ideas.
  106. Mama's Pearl.
  107. Reach In.
  108. Oh, How Happy.
  109. Bandala.
  110. Partridge Family theme song.
  111. Point Me In the Direction of Albuquerque.
  112. Cherish.
  113. The Unicorn -- Irish Rovers. Good high kicks. Get a boy to do it with you.
  114. The Last Farewell. Astonishingly beautiful.
  115. My Boyfriend's Back. Four girls at a time on the ice. Boys start scooting.....
  116. Tom's Diner. Suzanne Vega. Long is best. They kept trying this for some reason. It hates skate blades. Hates 'em.
  117. Der Kommissar. Falco. The German version is the only one that has any punch.
  118. Pink City Twist, The Fabulous Poodles. Highly recommended. Nobody had the edges for it.
  119. Fame, Irene Cara.
  120. Flashdance. Kicks butt. Another inexplicably ignored song.
  121. Jailhouse Rock. Almost too standard to try, and the shadow of Elvis lingers.
  122. Hot Lunch Jam (from "Fame.") Awesome. Really takes a group. With solid inner right edges. Solid.
  123. The disco version of 2001: A Space Odyssey/Also Sprach Zarathustra. Only one worth doing if you're not Kurt Browning.
  124. Mack the Knife. Preferably, be small and have a big kick.
  125. Sweet Georgia Brown.
  126. Love Shack, B-52's. Where's the poison green? It will not, repeat, not work otherwise.
  127. Whip It, Devo. Your back crossovers had better be in damn good shape. There is no room to breathe in this song. None.
  128. Dance In The Old-Fashioned Way, Helen Reddy. Wow. Charming. Very '40s.
  129. The Twist (Beastie Boys version). So what if it's out of time period? Wildcat songs are Wildcat songs. You can spot them.
  130. Woolly Bully, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Belle never forgave Christopher Bowman. This number almost put the 'Cats back on active status. Three people had rolls of "Caution" tape at their homes. Behind the skates.
  131. Greased Lightning, from "Grease." A patented Kittycat number. Patented.
  132. Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band et al. I dare you. Just dare you.
  133. Orange Blossom Special. Your skates fast enough?
  134. Thank God I'm A Country Boy, John Denver. High kicks, fast turns, and the ability to cover a wide rink very quickly.
  135. Church, Lyle Lovett. Kurt, you passed this one up?
  136. Here I Am, Lyle Lovett. Had three Wildcats on the front row, necks craned, staring at the blades. Y'know, Kurt, with a little work....
  137. The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Charlie Daniels Band. Dominique Moceanu almost had it right.
  138. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue -- A classic. Way underused. We wore it out.
  139. Rhapsody in Blue -- Overused. For a reason. At least you caught that one.
  140. Domo Arigato, Styx -- Perfect laybacks. Perfect camels. Debi? Tara? (Peggy, your camel edges are wilting....)
  141. Ghostbusters -- takes incredible amounts of nerve. How do you skate about something you've never seen before?
  142. Memory. Everybody's tried. Get off the ice if your name ain't Peggy. Who else could do it right? Such technical turns, such edges....you chickadees are embarrassing yourselves.
  143. Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat (from "Cats.") Almost as much fun as "Memory," and a hell of a lot easier. Good kicks and audience projection help.
  144. Locomotion, Kylie Minogue. Edgework extraordinaire.
  145. I Think We're Alone Now, Tiffany. Presumably a #1 hit in Moscow. Who else could do it? Bolshoi-level training. Rodnina edges. And hormones to burn.
  146. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Beatles. Your first challenge is to edit it decently. Without ruining it. Your second is to hit that amazing first crash. Quads are recommended. Controlled ones. Think Daltrey killing a guitar.
  147. Solitaire, Laura Branigan. One of the great mood songs of all time. Have your edges under control or you'll kill yourself. All that emotion requires grounding.
  148. It Must Be Him, Vikki Carr. Has the federation banned this one too? Takes about a triple axel at full tilt.
  149. Band On the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings. Fun song. Loosens up your edges. And helps you hit that fat, fat triple at the end. It likes big triples. Loves them.
  150. Hi, Hi, Hi, Paul McCartney and Wings. Much neglected. I will let you discover its joys for yourself.
  151. Saturday Night, Bay City Rollers. The first of the famous "bubblegum section." Audiences eat it up. Kick! Stretch! Remember why you started!
  152. Heartbeat, It's A Lovebeat, Tony DeFranco and the DeFranco Family. Spin city. Dorothy, sit down. Katarina, sit down. You in the intern's coat. You in the boppy blue dress with the gold trim. Hit it.
  153. One Bad Apple, The Osmonds. Boppy. Cute. Pretty. Makes you stretch. Makes you reach. An astonishingly good tuneup.
  154. The Monkees (theme song). Takes nerve. Takes bright costumes. And takes sheer guts to do what that song is calling you to do. It's frightening. No wonder nobody does it.
  155. I Really Want To Know You, Partridge Family. Beautiful, elegant, and unworthy of the trash bin. The Partridge studio musicians are way underrated.
  156. ABC, Jackson 5. Your skates had better be as fast as Michael's voice. There are those who swear he did that song in one breath.
  157. Rocking Robin, Jackson 5. By far the better of the two versions. The less used. The more insane. You are stretching from fingertip to toepick on every note. Every one.
  158. The Twelfth of Never. The Kitties never turned in a satisfactory performance. I doubt G&G could have. Any takers? Salt Lake City is in four years....
  159. Burning Down the House, Talking Heads. The next eight songs could make Cecile scream. Scream. "The Unfinished Performances." No one has yet managed. David Byrne writes in a little half-choctaw twist here...HELP!!!!
  160. You Should Be Dancing, The Bee Gees. Insane. Depths that don't catch you until the sixth runthrough. Make you trash your choreography. Continually. There's that one moment...that little aural scream....3 bars in and you'll see why I beg for figures again.
  161. Disco Inferno. Nobody even came close. Seems to like awesome outer edges and a party attitude. And the ability not to drive the audience crazy.
  162. When You Wish Upon A Star. Seems to want quintuple jumps. Nonstop edges. Is a figure patch all by itself. There are no other recorded comments. Skates hitting walls don't count.
  163. Tubular Bells/The Exorcist, Mike Oldfield. Take the long version. Try black. It likes that. That's all we know.
  164. '65 Love Affair. Should be as conquerable as a Beach Boys song. Isn't. Don't try couples. It hates that. Kick. Real hard. And spin. Good luck.
  165. Heard It In a Love Song. Help! Sounds so easy. Isn't. Help! Seems to be the worst of the bunch. What else is there to say? Aaaaggh!!!
  166. I've Never Been to Spain, Three Dog Night. I have seen three sets of skate blades die working on this one. Good blades. Every approach in the book. Where's Volume 2?
  167. Hangman. Boppy. Easy. Fun. Everyone has their own different version.
  168. Hotel California, Eagles. Almost as scary as Ghostbusters.
  169. Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight, Bob Seger. Great edge-sharpener-upper. Wild.
  170. Let It Rock, Bob Seger. A Katarina-level rafter-rouser. Outer edges rule.
  171. The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Brian Orser took this off the Unfinished list. Thanks.
  172. Hakuna Matata (from "The Lion King.") This song ain't cute. It's deep. And demanding.
  173. Heartache Tonight, Eagles. Excellent show program. No one uses it?
  174. Those Shoes, Eagles. A classic of our time. Just classic. Very scary. And should be.
  175. Desperado, Eagles. Emotionally opening. You cry on the ice. Very giving. But tough.
  176. You're The One That I Want -- John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Tests every bit of pair dependency. Sitspins are brutal. Brutal.
  177. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, U2. Eerie. Scary. And free. True Celtic music.
  178. Wannabe, The Spice Girls. A modern addition. Just as good. Don't underestimate these girls.
  179. Revolution #9, The Beatles. Every skater should have to skate to this. Elvis? Elvis?
  180. Beauty School Dropout (from "Grease"). How not to do media-style US "Disney World" skating. Please the fans but not the edges. Hilarious when done absolutely right.
  181. Candle In the Wind 1997, Elton John. The transformation of the maudlin into the beautiful.
  182. My Sharona, The Knack. Takes talent just to stay on the ice.
  183. Maxwell's Silver Hammer, The Beatles. Takes ballet work in the extreme. Alexander Fadeev, where are you?
  184. The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades, Timbuk 3. Anybody but Elvis trying this is gonna have severe problems.
  185. Jack and Diane, John Cougar. The Kittycats' favorite song. What more need I say?
  186. Addicted to Love.
  187. Rock the Boat.
  188. Darling Dear.
  189. Freezeframe. Oh God, this one can express so many emotions....
  190. Here Comes the Sun.
  191. Golgotha Tenement Blues, Machines of Loving Grace.
  192. Pyromania, Def Leppard.
  193. Sleeping with the Television On.
  194. When Will I Be Loved?
  195. Gloria, Laura Branigan.
  196. Spinning Wheel.
  197. House of the Rising Sun.
  198. Sunny.
  199. Devil With a Blue Dress On.
  200. Rock the Cradle of Love.
  201. Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me.
  202. Ticking.
  203. I've Seen the Saucers.
  204. Grimsby.
  205. Born to be Blue.
  206. Let's Give Them Something To Talk About.
  207. Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
  208. You Are Sixteen, Going On Seventeen.
  209. If I Were a Rich Man.
  210. America (from "West Side Story.")
  211. One Hand, One Heart.
  212. I Feel Pretty (anyone got the nerve for the Elton John version?)
  213. We Are Family.
  214. Brand New Key.
  215. Playground In My Mind -- one of the most intensely dramatic songs I know.
  216. Seasons In the Sun -- the other.
  217. Life Is a Rock.
  218. I am a Rock (weird, isn't it?).
  219. The Sound of Silence (think Stonehenge).
  220. Someone Saved My Life Tonight.
  221. Jackie Blue.
  222. Horse With No Name.
  223. Downtown.
  224. Crazy.
  225. 25 or 6 to 4.
  226. Call Me.
  227. Heart of Glass.
  228. Thunder Road.
  229. Jumpstart My Heart.
  230. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
  231. I'm So Excited.
  232. You Are So Beautiful.
  233. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.
  234. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  235. The Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag, Country Joe and the Fish.
  236. See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me.
  237. Bad Time to Be In Love.
  238. We've Only Just Begun.
  239. It's Going to Take Some Time This Time, The Carpenters. The ultimate Carpenters track. Fluffball? Hah.
  240. Joyride.
  241. Coming Out of the Dark, Gloria Estefan.
  242. Until the Night, Billy Joel. Will make you weep.
  243. Lara's Theme.
  244. Killer Queen.
  245. Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
  246. Ice, Ice Baby (somebody, please!)
  247. Sledgehammer.
  248. Bette Davis Eyes.
  249. Morning Train.
  250. For Your Eyes Only.
  251. Live and Let Die.
  252. Goodbye Stranger.
  253. Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
  254. When Will I See You Again.
  255. Material Girl. The ultimate Diana tribute.
  256. Working for the Weekend.
  257. Hot Rod Lincoln.
  258. Dead Man's Curve.
  259. Little Old Lady from Pasadena.
  260. YMCA.
  261. In the Navy.
  262. You And Your Heart So Blue.
  263. Midnight Blue.
  264. Jambalaya.
  265. Don't Give Me No Lines and Keep Your Hands To Yourself.
  266. Living in the Fridge.
  267. Boys of Summer.
  268. All She Wants to do is Dance.
  269. Me and Bobby McGee (Joplin, please!)
  270. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
  271. Rose Tint My World.
  272. Science Fiction Double Feature.
  273. Vision of Love.
  274. Car Wash.
  275. I Will Remember You.
  276. Blame It On the Rain.
  277. Then Came You.
  278. Cupid.
  279. Venus.
  280. It's Only Make Believe.
  281. Man In the Mirror.
  282. When A Man Loves a Woman.
  283. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), C+C Music Factory.
  284. Whisper Your Name.
  285. America (Neil Diamond).
  286. Song Sung Blue.
  287. Miss You Much.
  288. Everlasting Love.
  289. Bitch is Back.
  290. Don't go Breaking My Heart.
  291. I Get Around.
  292. Blowing Away.
  293. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me.
  294. Love Will Keep Us Together.
  295. Don't Stand So Close to Me.
  296. Come Dancing.
  297. That'll Be The Day.
  298. Rave On.
  299. American Pie.
  300. Hungry Like the Wolf.

Plus three bonuses:

  1. Your Mama Don't Dance, Loggins and Messina.
  2. Footloose.
  3. I'm All Right.

If comments are not made for a particular song, it is presumed that they are not necessary -- the song can speak for itself. What things are mentioned are things that skaters found it useful and even necessary to pass on to each other as they tried to work out skateable lines and edges to each piece. It just takes time and sometimes a little background from others' attempts and experiences can be useful. Have fun. It's crazy, but what isn't?

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