Younger people these days (God I feel old when I say that) are often shocked to discover that there were music videos before MTV came into existence and almost singlehandedly ruined rock music. This has come full circle, because now I’m not sure if there are music videos on MTV anymore.
One of the first pre-MTV music videos on television I can remember watching with my friends was “Skateaway” by Dire Straits. The star of the video, which came out in 1980, was a woman named Jayzik Azikiwe — who played the part of “Roller Girl.”
I read this morning that Azikiwe died in Gambia earlier this year, and now I’m starting off the weekend knowing that a small part of my teenage years has skated away never to return: