Terry-Thomas stars as Max Nugget, the owner of the washed-up Golden Nugget nightclub in the dull little town of Sludgley, who prefers his entertainment old style.
The struggling Sound City club next door (hence the movie title) is run by Gary (Billy Boyle) and Flip (Mud drummer Dave Mount) and favours newfangled glam rock acts.
The local council discovers that by ancient law there can only be one nightclub in the town – and now the two clubs are in fierce competition to somehow book the very best acts in Britain and win the licence.
Max is aided by his sickly nephew Rodney (Barry Humphries, better known these days as Dame Edna Everage) and his sex-addicted girlfriend Violet (Jennifer Guy).
Meanwhile, Max’s niece Julia (Stephanie De Sykes) finds herself in the thick of it.
The two clubs eventually join forces (after a little slapstick demolition work) and unify under the name Golden City.
The jokes are poor and tawdry and the words “pansy” and “poof” are bandied around a little too often (Aussie Bruce Beresford directed which explains a lot).
The lowest point (there are many!) is Humphries in blackface singing “I’m just a lonesome chocolate-coloured coon singing a lonesome old darkie tune”
Stephanie De Sykes