I had a really beat up BMX bike when I was a kid. Just about every kid my age did. In some cases they actually rode quality street bikes from the time like Diamondback Vipers and Mongooses. I honestly don’t remember what brand mine was but it was an off the rack bike from Toys R Us, no doubt and I rode that fucking thing until the wheels wouldn’t stay on and the chain was so badly rusted that it didn’t turn. In my mind, I was a BMX maniac and growing up where I did, I was graced with a circular street to live on, decorated with lots of shit to jump your bike off and pull impressive air. God damn, it was a good time to be a kid.
One night, my parents went out for dinner, leaving me in charge of my brother and sister. In times like these, the night was occupied by a few video rentals by my folks who had remarkable accuracy when it came to renting movies they thought I’d like and when I found the tape for Rad sitting on top of the TV that night, they hit a home run. If you’re a kid who grew up in the 80’s, you probably know Rad. If not, look at it like this in slightly more familiar terms. Rad is The Karate Kid if Danielsan was a Canadian teenager underdog with a fashion sense that said ‘tie a handkerchief around your thigh with every outfit’ and a burning need to be a contender in the regional BMX race. The flick is loaded with great BMX stunts and trick riding. It has Talia Shire, a shitload of pro riders from the time and Lori Loughlin, who would go on to commit a global atrocity when he she took a part in Full House. Rad was great Canuxploitation and a perfect time capsule of all things nerdy for prepubescent boys. Every song in the movie also sounds like outtakes from an unreleased Sammy Hagar album. It’s so great.
Seattle filmmaker, Marc Dewey, has embarked on shooting a retrospective documentary called RADrospective, which is mostly in the can but he’s in the final phases of production and is hoping to wrap up post-production and license some music so that he can present the picture at the upcoming 25th Anniversary celebration of Rad in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. As of this writing, Marc has 36 days to raise $7000 and already has $440 in the bank. Naturally, he’s hitting up folks by way of Kickstarter and is offering some great incentives for cotributions. Take a look, throw the guy some cash, will ya? Rad was such a great flick when I was a kid and I’d love to see this doc when it’s done.
What are you waiting for? Pitch in, already!