This Is Spinal Tap
Ageing Brit-rockers Spinal Tap embark on a tour of the United States, hampered by the usual tour hassles - banned albums, technical problems, a diminutive Stonehenge, spontaneously combusting drummers... Rob Reiner's 'rockumentary' spoofs the genre and is reliably reported to be popular viewing in genuine rock tour buses.
From the Back Cover
You're about to get personal with one of music history's greatest and loudest heavy metal bands, Spinal Tap.
Whether or not you're a die-hard fan of the group, you'll love this detailed rockumentary of England's legendary Spinal Tap. Acclaimed commercial director, Marty DiBergi, also takesyou behind the scenes for an intimate look at a band whose time has come and gone and come again. Through interviews, rare footage and lots of music including classi Tap tunes like Big Bottom and Hell Hole you'll get acquainted with David St.Hubbins ( Lead guitar)< Nigel Tufnel ( Lead guitar), Derek Smalls ( bass) and every drummer who ever lived and died for his renowned rock band.
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So, as soon as I had some money, I ordered a Blu-ray disc. Since I live in India and the disc was Region B, it did not play and I eventually had to ask Amazon to replace it with a DVD. Yes, I had to wait a lot, but it was definitely worth it.
This has to be the ultimate twentieth century rock group spoof I have seen! Anyone who has followed any rock 'n' roll group seriously would be able to relate to it, and see the junkyard that rock has become. The Extras of the movie have interviews that tell exactly from which rock group they took which particular element. But what they miss is the reference to The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues in the short fictional footage from the Sixties. It is amazing how they have tried to recreate the same audio/video quality from the Sixties, while the rest of the film is in Eighties.
The short footage is a take on a lot of Sixties artists trying to jump on the psychedelic bandwagon: wear colorful clothes, sing about love and beauty and flower power, add a little bit of sitar here and there and you have a hit. I wonder how they miss the reference to Blue Öyster Cult, which is evident in the title of the film (note the 'n̈'). There is also a reference to Deep Purple, where David shouts 'Spinal Tap Mark Two!'
Leaving aside the references to different bands, the film is primarily a spoof on British groups, because, well, 'all-the-good-stuff-comes-from-there.'
It mocks the socialite circles that rock musicians have to go into, record labels, band managers, their attempt to boost sales because of racy covers, stage imagery, British rockers feeling unfettered once they enter the States and trying to be more wild. At another level, it traces the journey of rock from its beginnings in the Fifties, as the band members of Spinal Tap were in a skiffle rock group (very common in those days, and the story of almost every rocker in the Sixties), then in a psychedelic group (which mocks The Rolling Stones and The Moody Blues), then in a hard rock/heavy metal group like Priest or Maiden. The ending of the movie is a hilarious take on any-and-every rock group making it big in Japan. I could go on, because every shot in the film is a commentary on some or the other aspect of society and music industry.
If you're interested in twentieth century pop/rock culture, you cannot do without this film.
This borders on genius, albeit cringe makingly embarassing genius. It's understated, but only just, to allow disbelief to be totally suspended. Briiliant.
The film basically revolve around the rock band Spinal Tap, their excesses and there fall from the top as music tastes change within their record company and their management goes from mistake to mistake. All the characters are larger than life but oddly endearing and believable. The scene with the customoised amplifiers is most often cited but there are many more e.g. the pods used to start a concert, the miniature Stonehenge....
Just one more thing, my cousins a drummer, what's his life insurance premium going to be?