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'To Do List' Soundtrack to Feature MC Hammer, Salt n' Pepa, Naughty by Nature

June 18, 2013

Keren Poznansky

Brandy Klark has just graduated high school in the summer of 1993, and as the tagline for the CBS Films R-rated feature film "The To Do List" puts it, "She's going from straight A's to her first F." Loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of first-time writer/director Maggie Carey and starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza, "The To Do List" is a comedy about close friends and a special summer project.

The Universal Music Enterprises soundtrack album offers a selection of favorites which send us back 20 years, featuring memorably steamy hits by hip-hop icons 2 Live Crew ("Me So Horny"), MC Hammer ("U Can't Touch This"), Naughty by Nature ("O.P.P.") and Salt N' Pepa ("Let's Talk About Sex") as well as new wave perennials, including Tears for Fears ("Break It Down Again"), Cranberries ("Dream"), James ("Laid"), Mazzy Star ("Fade Into You"), House of Love ("I Don't Know Why I Love You"), Elastica ("Stutter"), Gin Blossoms ("29"), and Big Head Todd and the Monsters ("Bittersweet").

"Music was crucial for setting the time period and comedic tone in 'The To Do List.' I wanted the soundtrack to feel like a mix-tape my friends and I would make back in high school. The one you played so much it mucked up your car stereo and you'd find yourself winding it back up with a pencil" says Maggie Carey. "A lot of the songs were chosen because they take me back to a very specific place in time. I camped out overnight for MC Hammer tickets, Bittersweet was my first foray into "college radio" music, I memorized the lyrics to O.P.P. before realizing what they were actually talking about. For those of us who know '90s music first hand, it's a throw back. And for the kids just discovering it, well, everyone needs a little Salt N Pepa and 2 Live Crew on their iPod."

"The To Do List" features an all-star comedy cast including the aforementioned Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg. Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the "activities" she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they'll need plenty of imagination and very open minds.

In addition to what promises to be a hilarious and "sexy" movie, the soundtrack includes deliciously salacious single entendre songs like "Me So Horny," "O.P.P.," "Let's Talk About Sex," "U Can't Touch This" and "Laid," UMe's "The To Do List" is ready to bring the heat this summer.

Tracklisting: Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew (clean version) O.P.P. - Naughty By Nature Let's Talk About Sex - Salt N Pepa Fade Into You - Mazzy Star I Don't Know Why I Love You - House of Love Stutter - Elastica 29 - Gin Blossoms Dreams - Cranberries Laid - James Bittersweet - Big Head Todd and the Monsters Break it Down Again - Tears for Fears U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

About Universal Music Enterprises

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), a division of Universal Music Group, is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for the company. Working closely with all of UMG's record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. Outside North America, the Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International works to maximize the profile and value of UMG's catalogue in international markets. It acts as a service center adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.

Source: Universal Music Enterprises

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