VARIOUS ARTISTS – “CRUISING” soundtrack (1980)

William Friedkin’s controversial gay-themed 1980 film “Cruising” is about to finally get a DVD release, impotent which comes out on Tuesday. As part of the promotion for the release, medicine Warner Bros. just put the film into limited theatrical release in a few markets; I was lucky enough to catch it on Tuesday at the Mann Chinese Theatre (of all places) in Hollywood, this web in a new pristine digitally-projected print.

I’d seen the film a few times before this, but this time around, I was completely blown away by the soundtrack choices, and how integral they are to the pervasively depressing/awesome atmosphere of the film’s grimy NYC gay underworld. When the very first wild gay bar scene came up during the screening of the film, and Mutiny’s funky-ass track “Lump” came blasting through the speakers, my boyfriend immediately leaned into my ear and asked “Can you download this song for me?” There’s something infectious about the spit-shined rock jams and funk tunes that assault you throughout the film, enough to make even the most vanilla of sodomites think “Hey, maybe getting tied up, fisted and pissed on ain’t so bad!”

The original soundtrack LP had ten tracks, which included only one of the six songs the Germs had written and recorded for the film. This version, which I originally got from the great Nate Thompson (of the now-defunct soundtrack blog 7 Black Notes), has all six of the Germs songs, plus a five-minute instrumental suite from Jack Nietschze’s original score for the film.

Various Artists – “Cruising” soundtrack (ZIP file)

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725 Responses to CRUISING

  1. josh says:

    well done! i only have the LP version which i brought to the Castro Theatre for Mr. Friedkin to sign when he did a Q&A 2 weeks ago. A bit of soundtrack trivia he shared with the crowd was how he overdubbed all disco music in the club scenes with his favorite LA punk at the time of filming. He told us if he had to listen to what the clubs were really playing, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder, he wouldn’t have made the film! Consequences of the straight eye in queer cinema.

  2. Phill says:

    Doing a Google image search for larger cover art for this album, I came across this blog. They have an interesting feature on Fridays… Enjoy.

  3. Mug says:

    Thanks very much for this.

  4. hamildan says:

    yeah thanks totally for this. I love the internet on nights when i find the good stuff such as this.

  5. Chris says:

    Wow, Thanx!!
    I got the 10 song version, but this one is kicking.
    Rock on from Munich

  6. george says:

    the nietszhe suite is taped from the TV audio. you can hear folley and breathing and cuts abruptly when Pacino talks on the phone.
    at one point in merges with the Barre Philps AIA piece like its mixed in the movie.
    its just the audio channel from the DVD. it would be nice to hear the soundtrack as it stands alone.

  7. Veg says:

    I’ve been looking for this for months. Thanks man for posting it!

  8. Miguel says:


    In the film, Al Pacino following the murder, in the park, while he lies down. This song does not appear in the soundtrack.
    Does anybody know which is the name of this song?

    Many thanks

  9. toni says:

    Coolest movie & now… Coolest soundtrack, man!

    Cruising rules!

  10. lipiarski says:

    Ther’s also the two most great song of mink de ville .

  11. sasha p. says:

    Well done. Soundtrack from Cuising… I’ve been looking for that for a long time. Thank you very much

  12. Burton says:

    Great post mate!!

    Thanks for it. I thought it wasn’t in the web.


  13. Wes says:

    Hey there, many thanks for this rarity, I search high and low for this and had given up, so thanks a million !

  14. Morcant says:

    Thanks for the album!
    This is a rarity in the web, solid gold man SOLID GOLD!

  15. Ciarán66 says:

    Hey Thanks for putting this soundtrack up,

    been searching for it for ages, nice one :D


  16. Alejandro says:

    Desde Argentina muchas gracias!!! por años busqué ésta música.


  17. Vasilis says:

    thank u very much

  18. The Boboz says:

    Hey! This is really, truly, bloody fantastic! Thanks so much for uploading and making this available.

    I first saw Cruising in the mid 80′s. Ever since, I have been trying to ascertain the Soundtrack – I have kept hitting ‘soundtrack DELETED’ walls with each and every attempt… ’til now :O) I think this must be classed as ‘subversive’ in England, as much as swinging from the Pink Chandelier is fashionable here these days!

    Thanks again for making this available – God send!

    Stay safe, mate!

  19. Diego says:

    Thank you very much, stud. I´ve been looking for this movie soundtrack since… It´s awesome. Thanks again. Kisses n´ bruces. D.

  20. Jorge says:

    Thank you very very much for this music. I only had the LP version. This movie was never shown in theaters in my country.

  21. DazSimpson says:

    Wow! I’ve been searching for this soundtrack for ages. Big thanks for sharing this.

  22. Numaios says:

    Oh my God!! Thanks a lot for this. It’s impossible to find. Thanks again.

  23. lou says:

    seen in berlin during the famous “berlinale” filmfestival. the scene was accompanied by ralleys led by the gay community.almost 30 years later…
    a kult movie.times changed definitly. ..and thanks for your “good deed
    to share..


  24. Thank you very much for posting this my friend. Like you, the music for this movie blew me away. Much appreciated.

  25. papashura says:

    Das ist cool. Thanks!

  26. Kelvin Nel says:

    I still have the British poster somewhere and I have the vinyl soundtrack album, if anyone is interested in buying it.

  27. Robin L says:

    Thank you so much for posting the zip file – my partner has been hunting high and low for this for a long time… He use to have it on vinyl and made the mistake of lending it to someone – that was the last he saw of it… Unsurprisingly he doesn’t lend anything out anymore… Once bitten… Anyways – really appreciate you taking the time to post it and we shall settle down and enjoy…

  28. michael perry says:

    Wowowowoowowoowo, i have been trying to find this for YEARS! thanks, it will be in my club this week! YAY!

  29. INGO says:

    OMG, at last i find it. Been looking for this forever, don’t have a record player anymore. Thanks a lot for this! Would be nice if they ever put this out officially with a booklet and the bonus tracks, but that could be another 30 years. Bastards! I saw this movie also in berlin when it came out, who would’ve thought i’d be sitting in Los Angeles 30 years later downloading the ENTIRE album on a computer. Great fuckin’ movie too, one of the best 70s films.
    Thanx again.

  30. Cruising Guy says:

    I cannot say thank you enough dude! I have been on the relentless search for this damn soundtrack for AGES! You have most definitely made my year!!!!

  31. pacinodance says:

    Thanks sooooo much for this.. I missed out at a NYC record store in the 80s, saw the soundtrack in amsterdam in ’98 (the store wouldn’t sell it to anyone!). I was 16 when i saw the film in my hometown in New Jersey. Guess they didn’t check for ID.
    Also, there is a myth [?] about all the extra sex footage (x rated) that was only shown when i premiered in Germany. Is this true?

  32. Paul says:

    I thank you so much for this soundtrack. I saw this movie when I was young, and it introduced me to a lifestyle I that did not know even existed in my then small tight knit fucking catholic community. As soon as I got my license and car, I went in search for a leather bar in South Texas. I love you for posting the whole soundtrack, I listen to it every night.

  33. Daniel says:

    Great music, thanks again! Still can’t find the name or group during minute 25 when Al Pacino cruises outdoors of the bars before “When I Close My Eyes I See Blood” song plays. It’s not credited nor in the soundtrack. Does anyone know?

    • Sebastian says:

      Hi Daniel, I am looking for the exact same song but couldn´t find it yet. Did you get any information you could share with me?
      Cheers, Sebastian

  34. Jon says:

    thanks! been looking everywhere for this!