This is Spinal Tap (Special Edition)

by Rob Reiner (Director)

DVD, 2013

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MGM (Video & DVD) (2013), Edition: Special Edition


Once upon a time, Spinal Tap had a big hit song. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. In Cleveland, the group gets lost underneath the stage. In Washington, they're accidentally booked at an Air Force formal dance. And in a Chicago record store, no one shows up to get their autographs.

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Before VH1s Behind The Music; before YouTube; before Borat and Bruno; before Heavy: The Story of Metal; but not before The Jerk or before Airplane!....what I mean to say is, In The Beginning, there were the legendary British mock stars, Spinal Tap, and it was bitchen. Yes. And it was loud!
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Hallelujah. And Spinal Tap's anthem, Tonight We're Gonna Rock You, Tonight, brought new, profound meaning and depth of insight to the oft-redundant realm of heavy metal lyrics.

Yes, Queen gave the world Fat Bottomed Girls in 1978, but Spinal Tap, ever aspiring to outclass the oftentimes raunchy and debauched world of late 70s/early 80s heavy metal music, in 1982 (the movie wasn't released until 1984) countered Queen's crass and pejoratively deplorable objectification of one asspect of the female anatomy with a tribute to rotund derriers of its own, titled, Big Bottoms. Hold your Honey close and listen to the lyrics below. Make a romantic evening of it, admiring the subtlety and complexity of Spinal Tap's nuanced word play and puns from a Big Bottoms excerpt, as featured in the film, This Is Spinal Tap.

My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
I'd like to sink her with my pink torpedo

Big bottoms, big bottoms
Talk about bum cakes, my girl's got 'em
Big bottoms drive me out of my mind
How could I leave this behind?

Ahhh. They sure don't write sensitive love songs like that anymore, do they? And if you call in the next 27 seconds, we'll send you Spinal Tap's classic follow up albums - Break Like The Wind and Smell The Glove for FREE!

This Is Spinal Tap is even better than a double-enema. Better than a transesophagealechocardiogram, for my money.

The writers, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean, tapped in oh so sublimely, with satiric perfection, to the bombastic heavy metal zeitgeist; to the absurdity of "serious" heavy metal musicians who took their music (and the making of it) so seriously. Herman Rarebell, the drummer for the then popular, Scorpions, was quoted as saying, after watching the film, how offensive he thought it was. Offensive because he felt people would see the movie and then not be as likely to take their music - the Scorpions' - as seriously. And he was serious!

Spinal Tap, as a band, was strangely prescient when it came to en vouge album covers too, having just put out their own "black" album long before Metallica's classic "black" album broke all heavy metal sales records a decade later; though at the time, they were poking fun, of course, at AC/DCs uber-huge, Back In Black, completely black album cover.

And people so soon forget how loud Spinal Tap was. Spinal Tap was so loud that the volume-dial on their guitar amplifiers went to (get this) eleven. That's right, eleven!

Enough said.
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