RESPECT THE CLASSICS CELEBRATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FILM ‘FRIDAY’ WITH THE VINYL RELEASE OF FRIDAY – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Featuring A Special 3D Smoking Gun Lenticular Album Cover
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 24, 2015 – This year marks the 20th anniversary of the classic comedy Friday and on April 14, 2015, Respect The Classics celebrates the occasion with the vinyl reissue of its double-platinum selling soundtrack Friday – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (UMe). This 20th Anniversary Edition features a special 3D “smoking gun” lenticular album cover and features songs by hip-hop pioneers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, E-A-Ski, 2 Live Crew, Scarface, Threat and Mack 10, as well as funk and R&B legends Rick James, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, The Isley Brothers, Rose Royce and Roger Troutman.
Originally released in 1995, Friday – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack went straight to No. 1 on both The Billboard 200 and R&B Albums charts concurrently and features the hit single “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” by Dr. Dre. Only available on this soundtrack, “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” hit No. 1 on The Hot Rap Singles chart and went Top 10 on both The Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. This was the first project Ice Cube and Dr. Dre collaborated on since the breakup of the seminal rap group N.W.A. Other songs include Ice Cube with the title track “Friday,” Mack 10’s “Take A Hit,” The Alkaholiks’ “Coast II Coast,” Cypress Hill’s “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up” and “Superhoes” by Funkdoobiest.
Friday – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack also features old skool tracks including Rick James’ “Mary Jane,” which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and Top 50 on The Billboard Hot 100, the Rose Royce classic “I Wanna Get Next To You,” taken from the Car Wash soundtrack, Roger Troutman’s 1981 hit version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Part 1),” which hit The Billboard Hot 100 and went to No. 1 on R&B Singles chart, The Isley Brothers’ “Tryin' To See Another Day,” and P-Funk’s Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell’s “You Got Me Wide Open.”
Marking the directorial debut of F. Gary Gray, the film Friday stars Ice Cube, who after acting in popular films including Boyz ‘N the Hood and Higher Learning, segued to comedy. He also co-wrote the film alongside frequent musical collaborator, DJ Pooh. Friday also stars Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tiny ‘Zeus' Lister Jr. and John Witherspoon. The film revolves around 16 hours in the lives of unemployed slackers Craig Jones and Smokey, who must pay a drug dealer $200 by 10:00 p.m. that night. The film spawned two sequels: “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next,” with a fourth film, “Last Friday,” currently in development.
Fathom Events, in partnership with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., celebrates the 20thanniversary of this 1995 cult classic with a special one night theatrical showing of Friday 20thAnniversary: Director’s Cut on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. local time. In addition to bringing this outrageously funny title back to theaters, the event will spotlight Friday Straight Up, a 24-minute featurette that includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast.
Tickets for Friday 20th Anniversary: Director’s Cut can be purchased online by visitingwww.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. The event will be presented in nearly 400 select movie theaters throughout the U.S. through Fathom’s . For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).