ARTIST: Spinal Tap
TITLE: This Is Spinal Tap
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #121 (That’s all? Dang, people…)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Every song’s in the movie. You HAVE seen the movie, right?
LINEUP: Michael McKean (Derek St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel, lead guitar), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), David Kaff (Viv Savage), Ric Parnell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Fictional band’s music soundtrack actually is better than a lot of movie soundtracks with real bands.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The movie is a glorious send-up of heavy metal bands and rock-and-roll touring. I don’t need to tell you that. In the actual film, the songs are used well to illustrate the history of the band, to show the foolish nature of some heavy metal song tropes, and to provide a plausible musical storyline along with the mockumentary line.
The music is all over the place, much like the band’s history. Basically it covers many styles from British Invasion, to psychedelic, to laughing at bands such as Uriah Heep (which had to had given them a lot of material) and early 80’s metal.
A few of the songs don’t really work well separated from the movie, and in my heart of hearts I’d love to have it sequenced like an anthology, in fake chronological order. It is nice to hear the full version of “Gimme Some Money” (GO! NIGEL! GO!) and others.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are fans out there that have actually made bootleg albums of Spinal Tap, much like they did for metal bands in the 70’s
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The CD added “Christmas with the Devil” and a reissue added another version of it.
GRADE: B+: Lots of fun, and it’s great to share “Cups and Cakes” with you.