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BBDD vs LRG – More Capital Punishment

Posted by Fury on October 29, 2008

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LRG v BBDD Capital Punishment averted!

Posted by hooligal on October 27, 2008

The Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames travel team Brummie Bombshells (with Glasgow guest skaters) hosted the London Rollergirls London Brawling on Saturday in a bout between the two oldest leagues in the UK. Many a derby girl and fan alike came out to watch the BBDD try to dish out some capital punishment on the London ladies. Alas the Dames gave it all they had but the LRG came out on top with an astounding 274-23 victory.

Kitty DeCapitate and Sky Rockit scored massive 20 & 22 points jams respectively, breaking UK but  not quite enough to break world records (25 points in one jam).

Check out video highlights from Baron Von Strange

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Capital Punishment: Brummie Bombshells vs London Brawling

Posted by Fury on October 7, 2008

It’s the one they’ve all been waiting for . . . . . .

For the first time, the two oldest leagues in the UK will finally meet on the track for a slamtastic showdown where the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames “Brummie Bombshells” will roll the Captial Punishment all over the London Rollergirls all-star travel team “London Brawling” leaving them with nothing more than old smoke . . . and a lot bruises . . .

Adults £8 Advance, £10 Door
Under 14’s £3.50
Under 5’s free!

For tickets go to:
http://www.blitzdames.com/capitalpunishment.html

After party at Subside!
http://www.subsidebar.com/

Birmingham v London!

Captial Punishement: Birmingham v London!

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Inter Derby Interviews the Famous Uncle Leon

Posted by hooligal on September 18, 2008

I had the immense pleasure of asking a few questions of my favourite roller derby related artist Uncle Leon from Uncle Leon and the Alibis. You would know them best from the rockin rollin, hard hitting, internationally famed derby song Roller Derby Saved My Soul.

Now you have been in a lot of international derby press, has this skyrocketed you to worldwide fame?

It’s funny—there hasn’t been any real attention from the American press, but I’ve received some nice coverage in other countries. Derby Luv in Montreal, Canada gave us a great interview before the tour last year, and the guys up at The Bluesbunny in Glasgow have become some of my biggest supporters. The song has been used by the BBC in Birmingham and in a film called “Roller Derby Dolls” that just aired on television in Australia. The funniest thing is when some newspaper does a story about their local roller derby league and they quote the words “Roller Derby Saved My Soul” without even realizing it’s a song. I fear I’m dangerously close to coining a catchphrase.

I think I’m what you call “Myspace Famous”. Meaning that, on any given night, I’ll sit down at the computer and get amazing e-mail messages from people I’ve never met—in random places like Brisbane, Australia or Dana Point, California or wherever—telling me how much they love my music and how they wish I would come to their town. But when I leave the house to buy groceries, I still get treated like the faceless nobody I really am.

We caught wind that you were possibly coming to England to do a solo acoustic tour. I for one was very excited, but heard nothing more, what happened?

That’s still a very real possibility. I don’t know any details yet, but I talked to someone from a small record label who was interested in releasing a UK-only Uncle Leon album. If that happens, they’ll definitely want me over there to push it. I know nothing about the UK touring circuit, so I’d need some help there. But I would love the chance to bring my message of drunkenness and debauchery to a worldwide audience. (Though, from what I hear, you Brits do that pretty well without me.)

Your music has quite alot of different sounds to it, a bit of country, a bit of rockabilly and a slight punk feeling, what bands are you majorly influenced by?

Vocally, I borrow heavily from the classic country guys–Johnny Cash, Roger Miller, a little bit of Hank Williams and Willie Nelson at times. (Though I wouldn’t claim to be as good as any one of them.) Rhythmically, I owe it all to Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. In terms of pure, sloppy anything-goes insanity, I take my cue from Hasil Adkins. And you’re right—at heart, I’m just an aging punk rocker, so there’s a lot of that underlying, rough-around-the edges spirit there. I also have to mention that there was a whole collection of cowpunk acts—particularly Mojo Nixon and Elvis Hitler—who had a huge effect on me as a teenager in the ‘80s. They’re the ones who really made me realize that old-school, shitkicking country was more badass than half the punk records I was listening to.

What inspired you to do a country cover the song Baby Got Back (my favourite Uncle Leon song!)

The short answer is, I like big butts.

The longer answer: I already had a song called “Hot Rod Mamas”. It’s all about the fact that, as a man, I can’t stand the type of skinny, stupid-acting, high-maintenance woman that we’re all told we’re supposed to lust after. Instead, I say I want a “shit-talking, big-butt, little bit of beer gut, hot rod mama with money to blow.” Well, needless to say, this song became a big crowd pleaser. So one night, at the end of that song, as a joke, I went straight into a couple lines from “Baby Got Back”, and all the girls in the audience went wild. I realized that whenever they hear that song, women go crazy because (a) they all think they have huge butts, regardless of their actual size, and (b) at its heart, “Baby Got Back” is saying the same thing “Hot Rod Mamas” is: that it’s okay to be the sexy, voluptuous woman you are. And after I’d done it once, it became the song they all screamed for at every show.

Also, at the risk of getting too philosophical here, I like the idea of covering a familiar song in a completely different musical style. Because the big secret is that, even though hip-hop and country come from very different places socially and stylistically, they both basically cover the same subject matter—sex, breakups, wild parties, and hard times. All I’m doing is pointing out the similarities. And getting a few laughs in the process.

Besides Roller Derby Saved My Soul, why do you think Uncle Leon and the Alibis has been received so warmly by the roller derby community?

As I mentioned before, I had already spent years singing the praises of big, tough, wild women. Rollergirls just happen to fit the description. Starting a roller derby is a lot like starting a band—if you want to make it happen, you really have to do it on your own. And I like to think that roller derby girls value a lot of the same things I do: independence, toughness, a certain do-it-yourself spirit… and beer. Lots of beer.

Some of your songs deal with love or heartbreak, have you had the pleasure/pain of dating a roller derby girl yet?

I won’t name any names, but… yes. She’s actually a retired derby girl. The most hilarious part about it is that, when we first started going out, she couldn’t believe that she was my first one.

(ed. note: First one..its a whole new virginity, dating a rollergirl. It’s probably the only time a girl will say to a guy ‘Oh, it’s your first time? This might hurt a bit’ haha)

What influenced you to write Roller Derby Saved My Soul?

I was already a big fan of the sport. My friend was in the process of filming a roller derby documentary, so I figured he should have a song to go with it. I was getting a little tired of that same one-two country beat, and wanted to do something a little more rock’n’roll again. And here in the U.S., there’s this whole scary Evangelical TV-preacher thing that I’ve always been fascinated with, so I kind played up that angle. I can’t say I put much serious thought into it at the time, but they lyrics seem to really strike a chord with a lot of people.

Where is the weirdest place you’ve seen the Roller Derby Saved My Soul catchphrase emblazened across?

Ms. Hell's famed tattoo

There’s a woman named Ms. Hell, of the Tornado Alley Rollergirls in Oklahoma City. She’s got it tattooed inhuge letters across her back. I got to meet her in person at the national championship in Texas last year. It’s one thing to have someone tell you she likes your song, and quite another to stand there and see your words etched into her skin. It was definitely one of the weirdest experiences of my life.

Who’s your favourite derby team?

Oh hell. If I answer that, I’m going to have rollergirls in every state waiting to kick my ass. Let me just say this: Kentucky’s Black-N-Bluegrass Rollergirls have been the nicest to me. But the Mad Rollin’ Dolls in Wisconsin throw the best parties.

And finally, which do you prefer, skirts or hotpants?

Whichever one shows it off the best, darlin’.

Thank you for taking the time to compleate this interview, and we hope you continue on your quest for worldwide musical derby domination!

Check him out and buy his stuff!!!

www.uncleleon.com

http://cdbaby.com/cd/uncleleonalibis2

http://cdbaby.com/cd/uncleleonalibis

http://www. myspace.com/uncleleon

Derby Luv interview:

http://www.derbyluv.com/articles/20070613_Uncle-Leon.php

Bluesbunny interview:

http://www.bluesbunny.com/tabid/55/xmmid/742/xmid/847/xmview/2/default.aspx

“Roller Derby Dolls” official page:

http://www. myspace.com/rollerderbydolls

Get  “Roller Derby Saved My Soul” included in Drew Barrymore’s upcoming roller derby film “Whip It!”, with this online petition!

http://www.petitiononline.com/heydrew/petition.html

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We’re Back…kinda sorta

Posted by hooligal on September 5, 2008

Inter Derby is back, huzzah! I’m still in the process of setting up new bloggers and such, but we’re back for the sake of saying so.

That being said, I’m still looking for bloggers and contributors.

Gimmie an email interderby at yahoo.com if you want to write full time, or just would like to submit an event, bout recap, press release, news coverage, ANYTHING.

So what’s been going on while I was away?

Rollercon took place, the ultimate getaway and meet and greet for international rollergirls. Leagues from all over the world came and there is no longer a Team World vs USA, oh no, with all the leagues springing up everywhere there was actually enough attendees to do Team UK vs Team Australia or the Farkin’ ‘Elles vs Cor Blimeys as they named themselves, with Team UK coming out on top 43-28!

Team UK and Australia

Team UK and Australia

Canada fielded two teams, East vs West, with East skating their way to victory.

Team East (Blue) vs West (Red)

Team East (Blue) vs West (Red)

London Rollergirls are hosting the first European tournament July 18-19th 2009. Open to all European teams, but all roller fans are welcome to come watch and/or help out! Stay tuned for details on that!

They also have their first intraleague bout with their BRAND NEW teams coming up Sept 27th. It’s gonna be the Ultraviolent Femmes giving some lashes to the fearless SuffraJets for the first one. The other team, yet to debut, is the Steam Rollers!

And my own team London Rockin Rollers are set for another border crossing adventure to take on the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz in Stuttgart, Germany, also on Sept 27th. A year after our first game and defeat, we are back in a bout aptly named Time For Revenge!

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A Guide for the Derby Widow

Posted by Fury on April 8, 2008

So, fellas, and some lucky ladies, your partner has joined the derby.  You thought it would be fun for your woman to pick up a new sport, and now you sit in a house full of sexy hosiery wondering when you will see your partner again.  This is a challenging time fraught with confusion and loneliness.  Know that you are not alone.  The mourning process is real.  Every widow’s experience is unique, but you may recognise the following: 

  1. Denial – Many of us are ashamed to admit that early in the derby widow experience, it is actually exciting.  Suddenly, it’s ok to watch a mass of women in short skirts plow into each other without turning off the internet browser filter. Your home is often filled with your wife’s hot, hilarious teammates.  Your lover’s fitness is advancing at an astonishing rate, she’s taken over changing tyres, and she seems to have found an inexplicable comfort with firearms.  When she drags you to the local all-night roller disco, you beam with pride at her skating skills.
  2. Anger- It’s 9:30 p.m. and you haven’t seen Madamoiselle de Derby since yesterday.  The house is littered with skates or wristguards that smell like week-old roadkill that previously subsisted on a diet of limburger.  She’s spending all her time doing ‘tracking stats’, writing ‘line-ups’ or glued to some message board discussing the merits of taping make-up sponges to her blisters.  Then, when you slump off to the pub to drown your sorrows with your mates, she rolls in two hours after you, red-faced and laughing about the ‘after party’. 
  3. Bargaining – You are a product of the modern age, no?  You can handle this if she’ll just give in a bit. But your attempts to keep Wednesdays for ‘us’ time and coax her to take the summer hols somewhere where she can’t visit a local league just aren’t making it go away. 
  4. Sadness – You miss her.  It’s common to experience ‘What if’ questions at this stage, like ‘What if I had just encouraged her to join something more delicate, like street fighting or kendo instead?’
  5. Acceptance – Hard as it may be to understand this, you will eventually learn to embrace your roller derby girl.  You may start to realise that your mates crowd around with anticipation to hear about the latest pile-up at practice, that when you finally watch a bout it feels like your first rock concert, or that you’ve tried on the referee stripes and have developed a taste of your own for the track.  The women of the roller derby are a rare breed who will find the derby with or without you.  All you can do is thank the derby goddesses above, and start on that sign for the next bout.

For more to soothe your soul, visit Birmingham’s own original roller derby league at http://www.blitzdames.com.  Better yet, come to our next bout on the 12th of April at Cocks Moors Leisure Centre and see what the obsession is about.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m and the action starts at 7:00.  Tickets now available online.

Written by “Helen Fury”, #10 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames, and approved by my own dear derby widow.

 

 

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UK Midlands bout: Crash of the Titans!

Posted by Fury on March 21, 2008


Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames ENGLAND vs. Glasgow Rollergirls SCOTLAND  

 

The roller derby scene is thriving the UK, with 10 current leagues and new ones springing up every week in places like in Windsor, Manchester, Brighton and Essex. This roller riot is cross between x-treme games and burlesque. It’s fast, furious and a bit sexy too! 

Roller derby makes curious fans into quick converts. Neophytes should check out the rules. And, yes, it is based on the roller derby you know from the kitsch 1970’s. Except, now, nobody’s faking.  

Formed in 2006 and after training hard for a year, the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames are in a successful inaugural season. The hometown roller derby queens, the ‘Dames are set to pour salt on the wounds of an ancient grudge.  

Tickets £7 Advance, £8 Door Tickets and more information www.blitzdames.com. Following the bout, the Dames will be holding their celebration after party at Subside Bar, Fletchers Walk, 4 Paradise Pl, Birmingham, B3 3HJ.  

 

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B’ham Dames ♥ Leeds Dolls ith Tough Love

Posted by Fury on February 23, 2008

February 2008

Goddess bless the great British privatised motorway services.  The dingy grey roadside affairs of my youth, featuring bolted-on wooden prison toilet seats, have been replaced with gleaming outposts that sell cappuccino.  Sure, a sandwich and coke will set you back the price of roast Sunday lunch provisions for five, but as I was soaking up the early morning sun in a comfortable café off the M42, I could hardly be bothered about such things.   Today the Blitz Dames were headed out on a derby-filled road trip to Leeds. 

The Leeds Roller Dolls are one of the many newer roller derby leagues who have come together blaze track in this country. In the true cooperative spirit of DIY roller derby, they had helped the Blitzdames earlier in the weekend with a generous loan of equipment for a BBDD sports session with the University of Birmingham Rugby team.  So, the ‘Dames were delighted to accept the invitation to work with their roller sisters in LRD on some derby training collaboration. The enthusiasm was mutual, as the entirety of Leeds Roller Dolls had just gotten kitted out in full protective gear in anticipation of the day’s hard knocks to come.  What a great attitude!

The LRD’s head trainer, John Kirkham (an accomplished jam skater), started the session with a knackering quick-manoever warm-up drill.  The BBDD then took the lead with derby-specific stretches to loosen everyone up, and garner a few smiles as we displayed our lack of modesty (just tell me that stretch doesn’t look like a stripper).  One of BBDD’s top blockers, Bee Bentley, continued the session as she helped the Leeds ladies take the sheen off their pads with a barrage of falling drills.  Falling safely -with proper equipment!- is the best protection against injury; so it was important to make falling technique even more automatic that snapping up knee high socks in your team colours.  Having spent some quality time hitting the leisure center floor, the training progressed through all the derby action we could pack into two hours.  The focus included pack skills, endurance work, and whips (demonstrated by the agile Violet Attack).

The rock hard women of Leeds took everything BBDD dished out, including press-ups for getting out of pack formation, and the occasional surprise meeting with immovable surfaces.  During one of the rare breaks in the action, the LRD stylishly produced jaffa cakes to keep the masses fueled. By the last conditioning exercise, smiles mixed readily with grimaces of pain.

Afterwards everyone shared a huge Mexican restaurant table where the burritos were solidly lackluster, but the company couldn’t have been better.  The Leeds Roller Dolls are dedicated skaters who –like the first modern women’s roller derby leagues in Texas- are undaunted by their newness to the sport.   LRD even make it an advantage, by exploring creative solutions unencumbered by needing to follow established protocols.  Both of our leagues learned useful tips from each other’s experiences, and too soon it was time to head home. Like the outbound trip, spending time with BBDD mates made the return journey finish in a flash.  It was fab to ‘wreck and roll’ with the Leeds women and we look forward to future training field trips, and other potential collaborative projects with them later this year.

 

Helen Fury 

#10 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames 

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Rugby Women Trade Scrum for Derby in Brum

Posted by Fury on February 23, 2008

The descripitves of roller derby practice sound like a war film synopsis: pain, impact, high velocities, laughter, courage, strategy, collusion…but to us it’s a good time.   This weekend we joined forces with another set of athletes who similarly prefer their fun flavoured with adrenaline: The University of Birmingham Women’s Rugby team.

The Rugby team rose admirably early on a Saturday, and showed up right on time to meet the Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames at the university campus, only to find out that our sports hall slot was replaced with volleyball.  Despite indignation at the scheduling gaff, it wasn’t nearly enough to deter our collective ranks from getting some skating action!   So, after a brief intro to roller derby game play, complete with video of Rollercon bouts, the groups parted with plans to refuel and car pool to our general practice later that day.

Despite the chaos of nearly 40 women on skates, the practice was amazing! The aim was to give the University athletes an opportunity for team building, cross-training, and an introduction to our sport, sometimes called ‘rugby on skates’. From their performance on Saturday, rugby players clearly deserve their reputation as strong and audacious, and we loved it. 

Mostly they were just fearless. Few had any pads, but these insane gals acted as if they were encased in bubble wrap. Undoubtedly, as rugby athletes, they are used to the hard knocks of full contact sports!  It was the kind of approach that makes us roller derby skaters drool in admiration.

The training agenda focused on drills that all levels could do, teamwork, a few fun games, and endurance/strength training that had all the participants of both teams sweating. The Blitz Dames took to the track near the end for a roller derby demonstration that included a scrimmage jam with all the hard knocks of our game.

The rugby athletes were incredibly quick learners. They won at dodge ball and did their fair share of JUMPING the limbo rope! Did I mention they were FEARLESS? They were testing themselves to see how high the rope could go and even the ones that were a bit wobbly – nailed it! They were simply amazing.

All of the Blitz Dames enjoyed getting to know the University of Birmingham Rugby team, and look forward to joining them on their turf for future events (including a planned one where we will give rugby a go!).  Several of the rugby players plan to try out for the Blitz Dames – and we are more than happy to have them.  We look forward to more cross-training with the rugby league and developing our fitness with these amazing rock hard women!

Wreck n’ Roll,

Blitz Dames

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