Hear here: A local symphony

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2013



WHO | Current lineup [left to right]: Mark LeGault, Thomas "T.J." Schwartz, Chris Schwartz, Mike Marra, Frank Rapone, Steve Smith, Ed Vallee, Steven DeCurtis, Robert DeCurtis, Joe Groves

BIO | Fans of Family Guy know Smith & the Nakeds from "I'm Huge (And the Babes Go Wild)," their song that accompanied a slapstick Peter Griffin music video on the show's sixth season DVD (Steve's younger brother, Danny, is an executive producer on the show). Fans of the local music scene, though, know the Nakeds as the upbeat, horn-blazing mini-orchestra that has had Rhode Islanders shaking their asses since 1973 (when they were called Naked Truth). Go ahead, try listening to Smithfield native Smith sing "I'm Huge" without smiling.

FROM THEPHOENIX | Reviewing the 2000 album Never Say Never (Still Huge), Bob Gulla wrote, "Down in New Orleans, they had the Meters. In Memphis, they had Booker T and the MGs. In Mobile, they had the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section . . . in Providence, we've got the Nakeds."

FUN FACT | More than 60 musicians have been members of the Nakeds.

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