30 Years Ago Today: “This Is Spinal Tap” Is Released \m/

It’s been thirty years since the Metal documentary of all Metal documentaries was released and while “This Is Spinal Tap” is more a mockumentary about a band that really doesn’t exist; it made no difference since the film was a riot and spoke to many aspects of the music industry that rang truer than one would like to admit. Below is the original theatrical poster.

Poster - This Is Spinal Tap - 1984

“This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Directed by Reiner, the movie satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard rock and heavy metal bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.” (thanks Wikipedia)

This is one of those kinds of films that you can see again and again and if you are someone who is in a band I suggest that you watch it with your band mates because there are a lot of situations that Spinal Tap encounters that while ridiculous do often hit close to home. Stage issues, travel issues and band member idiosyncrasies. Clearly this film goes to eleven and if the quote escapes you, just watch the film and it will all make sense. The cast is massive since its the band, their industry and fans and more. I copied it below for you and I am sure that some of the names will surprise you.

The Cast:
Michael McKean as David St. Hubbins
Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel (Tuffy)
Harry Shearer as Derek Smalls
Rob Reiner as Marty Di Bergi
Tony Hendra as Ian Faith
R.J. Parnell, (drummer for Atomic Rooster), as Mick Shrimpton
David Kaff as Viv Savage
June Chadwick as Jeanine Pettibone
Bruno Kirby as limo driver Tommy Pischedda
Ed Begley, Jr. as John “Stumpy” Pepys
Danny Kortchmar as Ronnie Pudding
Fran Drescher as Bobbi Flekman
Patrick Macnee as Sir Denis Eton-Hogg
Julie Payne as mime waitress
Dana Carvey as mime waiter
Sandy Helberg as Angelo DiMentibelio
Zane Buzby as Rolling Stone reporter
Billy Crystal as Morty the Mime
Paul Benedict as Tucker “Smitty” Brown
Howard Hesseman as Terry Ladd (Duke Fame’s Manager)
Paul Shortino as Duke Fame
Lara Cody as Duke Fame’s groupie
Andrew J. Lederer as student promoter
Russ Kunkel as doomed drummer Eric “Stumpy Joe” Childs
Victory Tischler-Blue as Cindy
Joyce Hyser as Belinda
Gloria Gifford as the airport security officer with the security wand
Paul Shaffer as incompetent promoter Artie Fufkin (Polymer Records)
Archie Hahn as the room service guy
Charles Levin as Disc ‘n’ Dat manager
Anjelica Huston as Polly Deutsch
Donald Kendrick as Background Vocalist
Fred Willard as Air Force Lt. Bob Hookstratten
Wonderful Smith as Backstage Maintenance Worker
Cherie Currie as the lead singer of The Dose. The band and her character were completely removed from the movie and appear in deleted scenes.
David Guerra as the roadie (who lifts Tufnel back to his feet)
Ralph Lee Moss as Angus, the Road Monster
Z. Robert Carvan as Mr. Goldberg, the Voice of Rock

You can learn lots of other details about the riotous film via the official Wikipedia entry that I have embedded below. For those of you who are musicians either active or inactive, I wonder if you had any “Spinal Tap Moments” across your musical forays. If so please let us know about them in the comments, it would be so interesting and funny to hear from you.

Official Film Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Spinal_Tap

Depending on your age you might not have seen this film yet and while some of it might appear dated since the band doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account to guide their fans through things in the film,

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