The movie/mockumentary, “This Is Spinal Tap” came out in 1984 and I remember going to see it at the Westlake Cinema with my brother, Jim. There were six other people in the theater and four of them walked out after about twenty minutes. We heard one of them say, “This band sucks!” And they weren’t alone, Rob Reiner has said in interviews that a lot of people thought it was a real documentary when it first came out and they didn’t get the joke of the whole thing being a satire on rock ‘n roll. Since then it’s become a classic movie and I’ve probably watched it at least 117 times and still howl with laughter at it! So below we tap into Tap with six online links related to the movie and the band. Then there’s the MBIP Coming Attractions below that, so let today’s scrolling begin!
Film: ‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ A Mock Documentary - The original NY Times review when it first came out back in 1984. They got the joke.
The History of the Mockumentary Artform - A lot of people think that Spinal Tap invented the mockumentary art form, but as you can read here,, it goes all the way back to 1938 and Orson Welles’ “War Of The Worlds.” It also touches on the fact that The Beatles first movie, "A Hard Day's Night" was also an early mockumentary.
Spinal Tap Fan Site - Probably the most comprehensive Spinal Tap website ever. It truly goes to eleven!
The Origins of Spinal Tap: Watch the 20 Minute Short Film Created to Pitch the Classic Mockumentary - Here’s the original film that they made to try and pitch the movie to studios and Hollywood big shots. Of course no one got the joke! There’s also the very first clip of Spinal Tap from 1979 and a great interview with Rob Reiner who directed the film.
Christopher Guest on the Real Inspiration Behind ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ - He also credits Norman Lear, who funded the project and made it possible for this movie to be made.
11 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Spinal Tap’ - My favorite is number four! I also like that the list goes to eleven, perfect!
Okay, this is going to be a short week, tomorrow we’ll celebrate an anti-St. Patrick’s Day dinner at The Fish House. I’m not a big fan of that holiday and I’ll write about that and I also challenged owner, Justin to make me a dinner the opposite of corned beef and cabbage and you can see what he came up with on tomorrow’s post. The empty plate is pictured above. Tuesday is our 22nd week of steak and this week we go to Alwan & Son’s Meat Co. for a “Two Fer Tuesday Steak Dinner.” That’s right, it’s a double dose of steak! Wednesday there’s going to be a special announcement about the blog. What will this announcement be? Is it the end of MBIP as we know it? Is it a format change? Has Donald Trump fired me and is in the process of replacing me with one of these bloggers? Well you’ll have to tune in to find out, for now I’m going to get ready for next week, so have a beautiful and sparkly Sunday and we’ll see you all tomorrow!
I’ve been doing a weekly MBIP feature on the radio show The Church Of Rock which is broadcast live, worldwide out of Oregon on Sunday nights. Every week I pick a song and give a little talk about it before the song is played on the show. The hosts of the show are Rev. Derek Moody (some of you know him as Bloody Mess) and Sister Tracy. The show starts at 9PM CST and my segment will air at 9:30PM sharp! The song I chose this week is a song by The Monkees and I’m going to tell a few factoids about the song and the album it appeared on. Be there or be L7! You can listen live by streaming from the KSKQ website right here!