Sunday, May 17, 2009

Givin' Some Love To The Tap



1984 was a pretty important year. It was set as the title year for a fictitious dystopian future (that manifested in reality in modern times), it was the year of birth of yours truly, but more importantly, it was the year a group of talented writers and musicians brought you "This Is Spinal Tap". It is quite simply the benchmark for future fake documentaries, and almost unmatched in parodying the tour aspect of a rock and roll band. And also Yanks faking British accents.

Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Cristopher Guest and Harry Shearer wrote the music for Spinal Tap, and played the instruments themselves. They performed metal and glam rock songs that portrayed a band that took itself way too seriously, and were oblivious to the much obvious ridiculousness and humor of their material. Amazingly, a lot of the movie was improvised, and shot on a pretty shoestring budget. There were a bunch of guest stars and cameos, from Dana Carvey to Fran Drescher, to Fred Willard as an Air Force commander, and Paul Shaffer as a masochistic record store executive ("Kick me in the ass, I'm not asking you, I'm telling you!")

Even though they're already into their sixties, the band is still around, and an acoustic tour is going on this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie. In honor of 25 years of Spinal Tap, here are some of my favorite songs:

Stonehenge


Sex Farm


Big Bottom


Rock and Roll Creation


and for a quieter, subtler finale, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) playing "Lick My Love Pump"

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