The “bright, bawdy, gleefully naughty” (Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News) The First Nudie Musical comes to CD in honor of its 35th anniversary. In this outrageously hilarious spoof that has become a cult classic, a desperate young filmmaker tries to rescue his studio by making a porno musical.
“CHOCKFUL OF YOUTHFUL TALENT, SPICED BY OUTRAGEOUSNESS AND SPARKED BY INVENTION. THE THREE STARS ARE SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE. CINDY WILLIAMS IS ENCHANTING. KIMMEL IS THE ULTIMATE APPEALING SCHNOOK. FRESH AND FUNNY AND FUNKY. MADE FOR ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF THE BUDGET FOR ‘NEW YORK, NEW YORK,’ AND A HUNDRED TIMES FUNNIER AND MORE PERCEPTIVE. IT’S THE ‘STAR WARS’ OF NUDIE MUSICALS!” Judith Crist, New York Post
Filled with toe-tapping musical numbers, such as “Lesbian, Butch, Dyke,” “Orgasm,” and the classic “Dancing Dildos,” The First Nudie Musical has it all – a hotshot producer (Stephen Nathan), his wisecracking secretary (Cindy Williams), a bumbling director (Bruce Kimmel), scheming investors, a prima donna leading lady (Alexandra Morgan), a Cuban spitfire (Diana Canova), and a group of aspiring actors struggling to make a movie musical against all odds.
Originally released by Paramount Pictures in 1976, the film garnered excellent reviews but in a bit of unfortunate timing, Cindy Williams’ series, Laverne and Shirley (also produced by Paramount) went on the air and became a family-hour smash. After a year, the film was purchased by another distributor in New York and, in 1977, The First Nudie Musical re-opened and was reborn, again garnering mostly rave reviews, playing exclusively in one theater for over three months, and, in its first week of wide release, becoming the fourth highest grossing film in the United States (right under Star Wars and The Spy Who Loved Me). The film became one of the first cable hits, playing on various pay cable stations all throughout the 1980s, and during that time the video was released and also became a best-seller, making the Billboard chart.
The 35th anniversary edition of The First Nudie Musical contains the original soundtrack recording as well as the newly arranged soundtrack to Nick Redman’s documentary, From Dollars To Donuts: An Undressing Of The First Nudie Musical, which has instrumental versions of the Nudie songs arranged by Grant Geissman, composer of Two-And-A-Half Men and Mike and Molly. The booklet contains liner notes by Nick Redman and Bruce Kimmel.
THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK RECORDING
1. Main Titles Orchestra
2. The First Nudie Musical (sung by Stephen Nathan)
3. The Lights and the Smiles (sung by Annette O’Toole)
5. Lesbian, Butch, Dyke (sung by Debbie Gravitte)
6. Dancing Dildos
7. Perversion (sung by Diana Canova)
8. Where Is A Man? (sung by Valerie Gillett)
9. Honey, What’cha Doin’ Tonight?
10. Let ‘Em Eat Cake (sung by Stephen Nathan)
11. I Don’t Have To Hide Anymore
FROM DOLLARS TO DONUTS: AN UNDRESSING OF THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL
12. The First Nudie Musical
13. The Lights and the Smiles
15. Lesbian, Butch, Dyke
16. Dancing Dildos
18. Honey, What’cha Doin’ Tonight?
19. Let ‘Em Eat Cake
20. I Don’t Have To Hide Anymore (vocal stylings by Guy Haines)
SING-ALONG BACKING TRACKS
21. The First Nudie Musical
22. The Lights and the Smiles
23. Where Is A Man?
24. Let ‘Em Eat Cake
25. Honey, What’cha Doin’ Tonight?