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Love Rollercoaster by The Ohio Players

Album: HoneyReleased: 1975Charted:
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  • For the sake of a good story, Angus Young used to tell reporters that "Thunderstruck" was born from a flight where AC/DC's plane was struck by lightning. While that tale was embellished, The Ohio Players "Love Rollercoaster" really did come from a harrowing flight. The group was traveling to a show in a twin engine airplane (a Navajo), while flying through turbulent, stormy weather. As their drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams tells it, he was in the co-pilot seat when the plane hit air pockets that dropped it at least 400 feet (he saw the instruments). Someone on the plane commented that they must love their jobs, since the airplane ride was a "love rollercoaster." Lead singer Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner wrote the lyrics around that phrase, with the band working up the track. Both the writing and production credits on the song go to the band.
  • This song is the subject of an urban myth. During an instrumental break, there is a scream that sounds a little out of place. It was rumored that the scream was the sound of a woman being murdered in the studio. According to the story, which was started by a DJ in California, this woman was the model who appeared on the album cover. She was kneeling on glass and pouring honey in her mouth. While she was doing it, she found out that the glass was actually fiber glass and the honey reacted with the fiber glass by sticking to her legs and ripping all the skin off. She went in the manager's studio while the band was still recording and threatened to sue the band, which is when the manager stabbed her to death. The band left in the scream as a cruel joke. The scream was actually keyboard player Billy Beck. Instead of telling the truth, the band agreed to coyly answer "no comment" when asked about the rumor, claiming they took a vow of silence. The ploy worked, as the urban legend gave the song a buzz and help sell records.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a version of this for the soundtrack of the 1996 movie Beavis And Butthead Do America. Their version hit #7 in the UK.
  • This song was used for the movie Final Destination 3, which follows a group of teenagers who avoid death by rollercoaster, but cannot escape fate. (thanks, Kat - Grafton, MA)
  • In the US, this was used in a TV commercial for Volkswagen. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • The Ohio Players's leader, singer, and guitarist Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner died on January 26, 2013 at the age of 71 from cancer. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments: 23

The lead singer and writer of this song "Love Rollercoaster" is Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner. Not Leroy "Sugar" Bonner, regardless whether the scream was real or not. I don't believe it was. I'm a real fan of the Ohio Players and bought the "Honey" album that song was included on.Leslie - Windsor, Ct
Hello! recording studios are sound proof. no scream from outside the studio could penetrate through the walls. Duh!Rick - Alamo, Tx
I remember hearing that crazy "scream' story in junior high and I immediately wrote it off as sheer unadulterated crap. Fun party song, all the same. I bought the 45.Paul - Washington Dc, Dc
This was a great #1 hit in 1975 off a great album.NO murder ever occured during the recording of this song.Its just a myth.Love Rollercoaster is featured in the movie Final Destination 3,Its played during the topless tanning scene.Check it out & Happy New Year! 1/1/09.James - Yucaipa, Ca
yea when i first heard the scream i thought it was a horse too.and this song was on grand theft auto:san andreasCody - Roxboro, Nc
As a young teen, I loved going into music stores and ooking through the album covers of Ohio Players albums. They always had sexy, naked women on the covers. This was a cheap thrill for a 13-year old boy in suburbia in the 70s, let me tell you.Kevin - Reading , Pa
i believe that there was really a woman killed during the recording. i wonder: is there a cleaning lady upstairs that got killed and fell over a banister, a cleaning lady that was next door and got murdered by an intruder, one of the band members killing his girlfriend, the guitar or the keyboard giving off high notes, OR THE PLAYBOY BUNNY BEING KILLED IN THE STUDIO AS THEY WAS REACORDING BECAUSE SHE WAS BURNED BADLY BY THE HONEY THEY GAVE HER? i believe that the bunny was killed during the recording. if u really look at all the clues in stories, u can tell someone is lying, someone is really being killed.Lenea - Detroit, Mi
Their song Fire is better than this one.Joe - Chicago, Il
I had honestly never noticed the scream before. That is really cool. I love myths and this one is fantastic. It was also very cool to use a song with an urban myth tied to death in a movie that stars basically death itself, (Final Destination 3). I love the music though. The beat is awesome to listen to after a busy day.Mercedies - Soldotna, Ak
Because of that rumor about the scream coming from the nude model being stabbed, this song gives me the creeps. But course it was from the band's keyboard player, the model from the cover is still alive.Amara - Victorville, Ca
This is nothing but an urban legend. First off, the Ohio Players were a very sucsesful band so they would not have been recording in an apartment. This scream is used to fill the effect of a rollercoaster screm. I will admite it is strange that this type of scream is used for a rollercoaster scream, but it is only a sound effect. Check this video out for the most famous urban legend behind this song. http://poqbum.com/FlashAnimations/urbanlegends.htmRoss - No Comment, Pa
Actually, the identy of the "Murdered" girl changes depending on who tells the rumor;

Sometimes it's the girl on the cover, but other times it's an ex of one of the band members (Again which one of the members changes each time), sometimes it's the studio's cleaner, other times it's just a radom woman.
Mjn Seifer - Not Listed For Personal Reason, England
I was 13 when this song was released, at that time the rumor was that the cleaning woman was on a floor above the recording room and when she was stabbed she fell out the window, past the window of the recording room. That is why the screams peaks and fades out...fading as she goes past the window and stopping when she hits the concrete. They didn't sound proof the windows because they were too high up, they only sound proofed the walls to keep out sounds of neighbors.Candace - Osceola, Ar
If you really listen to the song where the supposed scream was its to genric to a chick screaming.If you listen closely it trails off.If she got stabbed she would of screamed a short loud scream and would end quickly.But bessides that this song kicks assKarl - New York, Ny
I heard the scream, it was about 2:32 into the song. I read about this myth on the internet and I wanted to listen to the song for the scream, my dad had a copy of the album so I put on and listend very carefully and there it was a girl screaming.Todd - Melbourne, Australia
Sounds more like a horse to me.Nathan - Defiance, Oh
I heard the song was recorded at their studio in their apartment. It is very strange how run run hide is in the song. I heard that part and i did not see it in the lyrics to the song. I heard that there was an argument that was edited out between the manager and the model but the scream was left in cause it added an effect of a rollercoaster.Jessica - Sacramento , Ca
The song was recorded in their studio. The woman got stabbed to death while they were recording. If you listen to the lyrics you can hear "run, run, hide" and if you check the the lyrics to this song "run, run, hide" was never supposed to be in the song. So one of the members was telling the woman outside the sound booth to run and hide after the manager started strangling her.Matt - Flagstaff, Az
Okay at about 2 minutes and 35 second you can here this horrible faint scream. But I do believe it is a woman screaming. People may have not stopped the concert because they thought it was nothing. It could have been anything. But I believe it is a scream of horror, scare and of death.Hailey - Broken Arrow, Ok
The scream does sound a little out of place. It's at the 2:32 mark "Yeah...How...Ahhhhhh!!!!". It doesn't seem like it's a guy doing that scream. It seems too high picth, but I may be wrong.Stephen T. - Alta Loma, Ca
the horn arrangements are like Kool and the gang on acid on thisScott - Chicago, Il
if you listen closely at about 2 min and 33 sec you can hear a girl getting shot bc it was a live recording at a concertAlysia - Willsboro, Ny
Who can forget the wonderful cover and music video by Red Hot Chili Peppers for the Beavis and Butthead movie.Nora - Richfield, Mn