Published Mar 01, 2019In many ways, the Cruising soundtrack is the thing of legend, especially when it comes to punk history. This is thanks to L.A. punk heroes Germs recording an entire session for director William Friedkin's 1980 Al Pacino-starring film — only for the recordings to then be essentially shelved and go unused. At long last, though, Germs' complete Cruising recording session will see the light of day thanks to an extensive and hugely expanded soundtrack reissue by the tireless Waxwork Records.
The soundtrack hub has announced the ambitious Cruising Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score, which arrives today. While the Cruising soundtrack originally arrived alongside the film's 1980 theatrical release, it will now be hugely expanded, coming via Waxwork as a sprawling 3-LP vinyl set.
In addition to including the full Germs sessions, the reissue comes packing soundtrack legend Jack Nitzsche's original score, in addition to all the other music recorded for the film. This includes tracks by Willy DeVille, the Cripples, Barre Phillips, Mutiny and more.
The release found Waxwork working closely with Friedkin himself for the reissue, as well as Sony and Universal Pictures, which helped unearth the original master tapes.
For the unfamiliar, Waxwork explains Cruising with the following:
Cruising is a 1980 erotic crime thriller directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Sorcerer) and starring Al Pacino and Karen Allen. It is loosely based on the novel by the same name about a serial killer targeting gay men associated with the underground leather and S&M scene in New York City. The production and shooting of Cruising was plagued with protests and petitioning to stop the filming by gay rights activists. The movie was received poorly upon release, however, Cruising has gone to amass a large cult-following and is now considered to be a wildly underrated and thought provoking film that was years ahead of its time. Cruising and director Friedkin unapologetically explored topics that were largely considered at the time to be taboo, noncommercial, and dangerous.
Director William Friedkin's renegade approach at documentary style filmmaking took him to the darkest corners of the underground where his research and discovery of crime, lifestyle duality, and the burgeoning gay leather scene sparked the creation of a landmark film that is a topic of intense conversation and examination to this day.
The Cruising soundtrack reissue will be pressed on 180-gram blue, black and white coloured vinyl. It will include a 12"x12" booklet featuring an exclusive essay by director Friedkin, with the album design and layout coming from Aesthetic Apparatus. All the music within was remastered from the original master tapes.
For a taste of what's in store, you can listen to a sampler featuring a selection of Germs songs from the soundtrack below, where you'll also find the full tracklisting and some more images of the reissue.
The soundtrack can be ordered now over here via Waxwork.
Cruising Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score:
A1. Willy DeVille - Heat Of The Moment
A2. The Cripples - Loneliness
A3. John Hiatt - Spy Boy
A4. Madelynn Von Ritz - When I Close My Eyes I See Blood
A5. Mutiny - Lump
B1. Rough Trade - Shake Down
B2. Willy DeVille - Pullin' My String
B3. Germs - Lions Share
B4. The Cripples - Hypnotize
B5. Willy DeVille - It's So Easy
C1. Barre Phillips - A-I-A
C2. Ralph Towner - Waterwheel
D1. Barre Phillips - Movement
D2. Egberto Gismonti - Movement
D3. Mutiny - The Ballad Of Capt. Hymbad
E1. Germs - Throw It Away
E2. Germs - Not All Right
E3. Germs - Now I Hear The Laughter
E4. Germs - Going Down
E5. Germs - My Tunnel
E6. The Cripples - New York Street Rap
F1. The Cripples - Hepcat
F2. Rough Trade - Hurry
F3. Rough Trade - Long Distance Runner
F4. Rough Trade - Don't Let It Get To Your Head
F5. Mutiny - Reality
F6. Mutiny - How's Your Loose Booty?
F7. Mutiny - Will It Be Tomorrow?