Uncle Leon and the Alibis | Roller Derby Saved My Soul

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Roller Derby Saved My Soul

by Uncle Leon and the Alibis

A cult classic from Brooklyn's premier purveyors of garage country.
Genre: Rock: Cowpunk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Roller Derby Saved My Soul
3:29 $0.99
2. In A Dairy Queen Parking Lot
5:10 $0.99
3. Good-Time Woman
3:06 $0.99
4. Cousin Dan
4:22 $0.99
5. Wakin' and Bakin'
5:28 $0.99
6. Someday You'll Call My Name
2:52 $0.99
7. The Trash and the Rust
6:03 $0.99
8. I Hate My Job (live)
6:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Unless you're a woman who spends most nights in a helmet and rollerskates, you’ve probably never heard of Uncle Leon and the Alibis. But to many of America's all-female roller derby teams, the band's name has become synonymous with a single catchphrase: "Roller Derby Saved My Soul".

The band, already an obnoxious staple of Brooklyn, New York's surprisingly fertile neo-country scene, recorded the song "Roller Derby Saved My Soul" in the fall of 2006. On a whim, Uncle Leon posted the single online, and soon after found himself overwhelmed with e-mails from grateful rollergirls. "Within a week, I had messages from roller derby teams in 46 states," he says. "Apparently, they liked the song."

Roller derby—the roller skate-based contact sport that hit its commercial peak in the mid-1970s—has experienced a grassroots resurgence in recent years, fueled by a new do-it-yourself ethic based on women-run organizations and an emphasis on outrageous punk rock style.

Since releasing his song, Uncle Leon has heard from over 120 roller derby teams, including leagues in Canada, England, Germany, and Australia. In June of 2007, the band spun their unlikely bit of cult fame into a two-week tour of America, based almost entirely on roller derby appearances.

Now, finally, Uncle Leon and the Alibis have released the full-length album the rollergirls have been waiting for. It's title, aptly enough: "Roller Derby Saved My Soul." Fans of the bands first album, "Drunk", will notice a few striking differences: the addition of two new members—drummer Sara "Timebomb" Landeau and blazing honky-tonk lead guitarist Charlie Cheddar—and, not coincidentally, a much heavier, more rock'n'roll sound. Some folks call it "Garage Country". The rollergirls call it their unofficial anthem. Uncle Leon and the Alibis just call it a damn good time.



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Uncle Leon Saved my Soul
The main reason I bought this album was for the title track, but the others offered a great, unique sound as well. The plot in each song tends to be simple, which I like. "Cousin Dan" is quite possibly the catchiest song on the album. The mood ranges from lighthearted, as in "Wakin' and Bakin" to almost depressing, "The Trash and the Rust." Chances are, you'll find something to like on this album.

Skarre Bomb ~MGR~

Lots of Love
After listening to Roller Derby Saved my soul on page after page on myspace I needed to get it. Luckily it was easily found and now I'm rocking out in my car, at practice, at work, EVERYWHERE! Roller Derby Saved my Soul and Uncle Leon and The Alibis have saved my groove! :D

Marilyn Armstrong

Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Everything I expected from Uncle Leon & The Alibis. Very happy to be able to purchase a copy.


Not just for roller girls
You don't have to be a roller girl to appreciate this album. Uncle Leon seems to have a talent for painting pictures with words....anyone who has to work to pay the bills will relate to "I Hate My Job"...so funny and true that I wanted to put it on as my ringtone but afraid the boss would hear it! And if you can listen to "The Trash and the Rust" and not feel like crying in your beer, then you have ice in your veins. Truly a beautiful song. Don't miss this one; every song is good, and as another reviewer said, there's something for everyone on this album.