Here's what the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls listen to to get fired up before bouts

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Derby girls kick ass -- that's a given. But before they commence to kicking ass, they all have music that gets them pumped to pommel. We caught up with a few skaters from the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls roller derby league , and they told us which tunes get them fired up.

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Emilie Johnson

Lafonda Yomama - #707
I have a lot of songs I like to listen to when skating or warming up, but the first one that comes to mind is "Poker Face," by Lady Gaga. When I was "fresh meat" -- the level all new skaters start off as when they join the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls -- I remember it being on our coach/trainer's playlist. She was such an inspiration to me, and I miss her lessons and advice. Now a lot of Lady Gaga's songs get me pumped, so I would say she's my favorite.

Gil Cromeens

Wild E. Coyote - # WB2
"Titanium," by David Guetta, is my favorite song to warm up to. When I skate, I listen to a lot of techno-style songs or rock. I need songs that make me feel badass or lift me up. "Don't You Worry Child," by Swedish House Mafia, "Play Hard," by Krewella, and "Bulletproof," by La Roux, are just a few examples, but nothing tops "Titanium" for me. [In fact, When Coyote warms up, it is not uncommon to see her wearing her iPod, so she has full control of the songs she needs to warm up and be ready to play hard.]


Rickashanaynay (Ricochet with attitude) - #1190
I often yell "That's my jam!" to a lot of songs, but there are a few songs I need to hear when it comes to derby. Warming up for a bout requires a certain genre. I need to hear some funk or disco. "Boogie Wonderland," by Earth, Wind & Fire, helps to put me in the correct mindset. I need to feel the music if I am going to skate well. That song gets me grooving, yet keeps me controlled.

When I am jamming -- the position I play on the track -- and I am tired and need a song to boost me up, I need to hear at that very moment "Moves Like Jagger," by Maroon 5, because it gives me the energy to carry on. Plus it reminds me to move my feet, which my coach is always yelling at me about. That song helps me to have sweet, sexy moves -- like Jagger.

If we are at practice and doing endurance, nothing helps me keep a good skating rhythm like "Rock That Body," by Black Eyed Peas. The rhythm matches my skating strides. When "Car Wash" comes on, by Rose Royce, watch out, everybody! That is my jam, and I have been known to stop practice and have a skating disco dance party.

Emilie Johnson

Busty Galore - #72
I need to hear me some disco when I skate. Nothing gets me moving like a little jive fever. A few of my favorite songs are "Car Wash," by Rose Royce, and "Surfin' Bird," by the Trashmen -- they are just fun songs. Sounds like "Brick House," by the Commodores, or "Respect," by Aretha Franklin, help me feel powerful and mighty-mighty. It's good to be a brick house on the track -- no one can move a brick house. We all want to be a brick house on the track.

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