HOLLYWOOD, CA — It has been said that nobody gives a rat’s ass about music in a porn movie. But then again, nobody has ever seen an adult movie quite like the upcoming Wizard of Oz parody Not the Wizard of Oz XXX, which hits stores in May from X-Play, distributed by Pulse.
“I knew if we were going to finally make this epic Oz movie, the music would have to be unlike anything ever presented in the history of the porn business,” stated the movie’s director Will Ryder.
Ryder, a 15 year veteran of the music business, has seen his share of pseudo adult musicals come and go but has often been left flat by the mostly awkward attempts at original music.
“We were hell-bent on creating something gloriously entertaining and original and not just a loose spin on pop songs with sexy lyrics. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but if this was going to be our grand porn musical there is no way I could write and produce something that is not 10 steps above the very best this industry has ever seen,” Ryder said.
Dozens of songs were written over a three-year period and the most appropriate selections were set aside for Not the Wizard of Oz XXX.
“The process was exactly the same as a mainstream Hollywood project,” Ryder offered.
“I wrote and arranged the music and lyrics at my piano at home and then went into the recording studio with Rock Hardson to record the parts. We co-produced all of the tracks together and played most of the instruments ourselves. Rock handled the drums, bass guitar and guitar parts and I played all of the piano and synthesizer parts and later we brought in a couple of union musicians to play some string and horn parts to give it a majestic feel.”
Eighty-five percent of the vocals were sung by the original cast members before a session singer came in to complete some parts.
“We cast this movie with singers in mind. Naked singers, but singers, nonetheless,” Ryder added. “If you did not sing well, you had next to zero chance of getting cast.”
Ryder sang all of the demo vocals himself and that is what was heard during the shooting of the movie helping to confuse some of those in attendance.
“It was funny watching people on set try to figure out why a man’s voice was coming out of Dorothy’s mouth (played by Maddy O’Reilly) as she lip-synced a beautiful ballad,” he observed.
Anikka Albrite played the good witch Glinda and has remained fascinated about the entire process, saying, “It’s been a wonderful experience being a part of this and seeing how it is all put together. I loved coming into the studio to record my parts. It was awesome.”