History Film / ThisIsSpinalTap

14th Jul '17 9:24:41 AM AnotherGuy
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Sir Denis Eaton Hogg and a hotel manager that Ian calls "a twisted old fruit".

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Sir Denis Eaton Hogg Eton-Hogg and a hotel manager that Ian calls "a twisted old fruit".


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** During the end credits, Ian reveals Sir Denis was knighted for Hoggwood, a summer camp for pale young boys. The band described it as "a pervert's paradise" in ''The Spinal Tap Reunion''.
14th Jul '17 9:21:00 AM AnotherGuy
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Sir Denis Eaton Hogg and a hotel manager that Ian calls "a twisted old fruit".
-->'''Manager:''' I am as God made me, sir.
14th Jul '17 8:59:28 AM AnotherGuy
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** According to the DVDCommentary, Joe "Mama" Besser (the drummer who replaces Mick after he explodes on stage in Japan) left the band because he couldn't stand "this 4/4 shit".

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** According to the DVDCommentary, Joe "Mama" Besser (the drummer who replaces Mick after he explodes on stage in Japan) left the band because he couldn't stand "this 4/4 shit". [[invoked]]
14th Jul '17 8:56:54 AM AnotherGuy
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* DVDCommentary: The original commentary for the film released on DVD by Criterion was played straight. When MGM re-released the film on DVD twelve years later, Guest, [=McKean=] and Shearer recorded a commentary ''in character'', spending most of it ripping director [=DiBergi=] for the "hatchet job" he produced.
14th Jul '17 8:55:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The entire movie was shot in Los Angeles County.
14th Jul '17 12:28:58 AM DavidDelony
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** The argument in the studio also inspired by ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrXfK9Osmvs The Troggs Tapes]]'' a bootleg of StudioChatter by The Troggs arguing over a song, with plenty of profanity.

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** The argument in the studio also inspired by ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrXfK9Osmvs The Troggs Tapes]]'' Tapes]]'', a bootleg of StudioChatter by The Troggs arguing over a song, with plenty of profanity.
22nd Jun '17 10:39:40 AM AnotherGuy
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* BrutalHonesty: The most hurtful thing ever addressed to the band is radio DJ Johnny Q playing one of their early songs ("Cups and Cakes") as The Thamesmen, then saying they became Spın̈al Tap -- and are in the "Where Are They Now?" file. In the MGM DVD commentary, David sighs that that statement still hurts.

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* BrutalHonesty: The most hurtful thing ever addressed to the band is radio DJ Johnny Q playing one of their early songs ("Cups and Cakes") as The Thamesmen, then saying they became Spın̈al Tap -- and are in the "Where Are They Now?" file. In the MGM DVD commentary, David sighs that that statement still hurts.hurts, while Derek dismissively notes Johnny Q is now doing weather reports.
22nd Jun '17 9:16:17 AM Asbduhas
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* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spın̈al Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.[[note]]In the MGM commentary, the band admits it's glad Marty captured it on film for the insurance people.[[/note]]

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* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spın̈al Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.[[note]]In the MGM commentary, the band admits it's they're glad Marty captured it on film for the insurance people.[[/note]]
21st Jun '17 11:44:28 AM AnotherGuy
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* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spın̈al Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.

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* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spın̈al Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.[[note]]In the MGM commentary, the band admits it's glad Marty captured it on film for the insurance people.[[/note]]
25th Apr '17 7:39:23 AM PaddyMurphy
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Marty [=DiBergi=]'s ''This is Spinal Tap'' (1984) is one of the greatest [[{{Rockumentary}} rockumentaries]] of all time. It may not be about one of the legendary bands, but it's a more intimate portrait than would have been allowed if it were about a more well-known band. It really gets inside the head of these rockers, and has more heart than any of those other rock films which consist mostly of filler between the concert scenes.

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Marty [=DiBergi=]'s ''This is Spinal Spın̈al Tap'' (1984) is one of the greatest [[{{Rockumentary}} rockumentaries]] of all time. It may not be about one of the legendary bands, but it's a more intimate portrait than would have been allowed if it were about a more well-known band. It really gets inside the head of these rockers, and has more heart than any of those other rock films which consist mostly of filler between the concert scenes.



For those of you who don't know Spinal Tap, they're a HardRock band that's been making some of the loudest heavy metal music around for years. David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, Derek Smalls, and a long line of drummers, are musical geniuses. Even if you don't know the band, you know their hits, like "Big Bottom" and "Stonehenge".

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For those of you who don't know Spinal Spın̈al Tap, they're a HardRock band that's been making some of the loudest heavy metal music around for years. David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, Derek Smalls, and a long line of drummers, are musical geniuses. Even if you don't know the band, you know their hits, like "Big Bottom" and "Stonehenge".



Spinal Tap's back catalogue includes (but is certainly not limited to):
* ''Spinal Tap Sings '(Listen To The) Flower People' and Other Favorites'' (1967)

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Spinal Spın̈al Tap's back catalogue includes (but is certainly not limited to):
* ''Spinal ''Spın̈al Tap Sings '(Listen To The) Flower People' and Other Favorites'' (1967)



* ''Rock 'n' Roll Creation'' (1977) [[note]]Also known as ''The Gospel According to Spinal Tap''.[[/note]]

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* ''Rock 'n' Roll Creation'' (1977) [[note]]Also known as ''The Gospel According to Spinal Spın̈al Tap''.[[/note]]



* ''This Is Spinal Tap'' (soundtrack - 1984)

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* ''This Is Spinal Spın̈al Tap'' (soundtrack - 1984)



* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spinal Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.
** The infamous Stonehenge episode receives a call back nearly eight years later; In ''The Return of Spinal Tap'', a DVD covering their touring of new album Break Like The Wind, they get a ''properly sized'' Stonehenge prop... which is naturally ''too big'' for them to get inside the venue.
* BrilliantButLazy: Spinal Tap has talent, but their work is incredibly generic, and their music style is whatever is popular at the moment.

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* BrickJoke: Early in the film, it's revealed that Spinal Spın̈al Tap's drummers die in mysterious ways, including once by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. In the epilogue, the drummer explodes.
** The infamous Stonehenge episode receives a call back nearly eight years later; In ''The Return of Spinal Spın̈al Tap'', a DVD covering their touring of new album Break Like The Wind, they get a ''properly sized'' Stonehenge prop... which is naturally ''too big'' for them to get inside the venue.
* BrilliantButLazy: Spinal Spın̈al Tap has talent, but their work is incredibly generic, and their music style is whatever is popular at the moment.



* BrutalHonesty: The most hurtful thing ever addressed to the band is radio DJ Johnny Q playing one of their early songs ("Cups and Cakes") as The Thamesmen, then saying they became Spinal Tap -- and are in the "Where Are They Now?" file. In the MGM DVD commentary, David sighs that that statement still hurts.

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* BrutalHonesty: The most hurtful thing ever addressed to the band is radio DJ Johnny Q playing one of their early songs ("Cups and Cakes") as The Thamesmen, then saying they became Spinal Spın̈al Tap -- and are in the "Where Are They Now?" file. In the MGM DVD commentary, David sighs that that statement still hurts.



* FakeBand: Spinal Tap was not an actual band at the time of the film's creation, though it has been Defictionalized.

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* FakeBand: Spinal Spın̈al Tap was not an actual band at the time of the film's creation, though it has been Defictionalized.



** [[invoked]]Throughout their history, Spinal Tap seem to be in the habit of jumping on the bandwagon for whatever the latest musical trends are, such as the BritishInvasion, psychedelic folk-rock and, most recently, glam metal.

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** [[invoked]]Throughout their history, Spinal Spın̈al Tap seem to be in the habit of jumping on the bandwagon for whatever the latest musical trends are, such as the BritishInvasion, psychedelic folk-rock and, most recently, glam metal.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: An InUniverse example, as Spinal Tap's latest album unexpectedly proves to be very successful in Japan, leading to a much more successful tour in that country (where metal is very popular in real life). This trope is actually sometimes called "Big in Japan" in the music industry, chiefly thanks to Music/CheapTrick.
* GloryDays: As much as the band might try to convince themselves otherwise, these days have clearly passed for Spinal Tap [[spoiler: at least outside of Japan]]. The venues are getting smaller and are selling less tickets, only one person comes to get their new album autographed (with the clear implication that it's also not selling well), and overall the general vibe is that Spinal Tap are well past their prime.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: An InUniverse example, as Spinal Spın̈al Tap's latest album unexpectedly proves to be very successful in Japan, leading to a much more successful tour in that country (where metal is very popular in real life). This trope is actually sometimes called "Big in Japan" in the music industry, chiefly thanks to Music/CheapTrick.
* GloryDays: As much as the band might try to convince themselves otherwise, these days have clearly passed for Spinal Spın̈al Tap [[spoiler: at least outside of Japan]]. The venues are getting smaller and are selling less tickets, only one person comes to get their new album autographed (with the clear implication that it's also not selling well), and overall the general vibe is that Spinal Spın̈al Tap are well past their prime.



* HypocriticalHumor: A montage example, at the beginning when teenaged fans at a Spinal Tap concert are being interviewed. An AmbiguouslyBrown male fan tells the interviewer that "Heavy metal's deep; you get stuff out of it." He is followed a few seconds later by a blonde girl who remarks that she likes "the way they dress, [[HellBentForLeather the leather]]."

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* HypocriticalHumor: A montage example, at the beginning when teenaged fans at a Spinal Spın̈al Tap concert are being interviewed. An AmbiguouslyBrown male fan tells the interviewer that "Heavy metal's deep; you get stuff out of it." He is followed a few seconds later by a blonde girl who remarks that she likes "the way they dress, [[HellBentForLeather the leather]]."



* InformedFlaw: Spinal Tap's music is supposed to be terrible, as evidenced by their reviews ("Shit sandwich"), but while they ''are'' incredibly generic and the lyrics ''are'' repressed and juvenile, the music itself is quite catchy. Of course, part of the problem is the misapplied skills, such as Nigel writing a classical piece and calling it "Lick My Love Pump".

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* InformedFlaw: Spinal Spın̈al Tap's music is supposed to be terrible, as evidenced by their reviews ("Shit sandwich"), but while they ''are'' incredibly generic and the lyrics ''are'' repressed and juvenile, the music itself is quite catchy. Of course, part of the problem is the misapplied skills, such as Nigel writing a classical piece and calling it "Lick My Love Pump".



* MandatoryUnretirement: A real-world example, as Guest, [=McKean=] and Shearer have to periodically bring out the Spinal Tap characters - either through a one-off concert appearance (such as their appearance at the 2009 Glastonbury festival), a full concert tour, a TV appearance (such as Nigel's interview on Stonehenge for the Discovery Channel), a new video/DVD release, etc. - or the rights to the characters revert from them back to the film's holding company.

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* MandatoryUnretirement: A real-world example, as Guest, [=McKean=] and Shearer have to periodically bring out the Spinal Spın̈al Tap characters - either through a one-off concert appearance (such as their appearance at the 2009 Glastonbury festival), a full concert tour, a TV appearance (such as Nigel's interview on Stonehenge for the Discovery Channel), a new video/DVD release, etc. - or the rights to the characters revert from them back to the film's holding company.



** Guest and [=McKean=] note in the Criterion DVD commentary that the archetype of the long-lived British band whose star power has faded, but yet continued to ride their fame and grind out tours year after year, calling out Status Quo in particular, formed much of the inspiration for Spinal Tap.

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** Guest and [=McKean=] note in the Criterion DVD commentary that the archetype of the long-lived British band whose star power has faded, but yet continued to ride their fame and grind out tours year after year, calling out Status Quo in particular, formed much of the inspiration for Spinal Spın̈al Tap.



** The band members are shown with cold sores at some point, without any explanation. A deleted scene reveals that Spinal Tap's opening band for the tour has a female singer with a cold sore.

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** The band members are shown with cold sores at some point, without any explanation. A deleted scene reveals that Spinal Spın̈al Tap's opening band for the tour has a female singer with a cold sore.



** Debateably, Ian Faith, the manager who picks up the pieces and consistently puts up with the band's stupidity and egocentricity, he's pretty much the only reason Spinal Tap is able to function on their tour. [[spoiler:When he finally quits, the band quickly falls apart. Indeed, the only reason the band gets back together is due to him taking notice of the band's success in Japan.]] He does have some bizarre affectations (such as his cricket bat).

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** Debateably, Ian Faith, the manager who picks up the pieces and consistently puts up with the band's stupidity and egocentricity, he's pretty much the only reason Spinal Spın̈al Tap is able to function on their tour. [[spoiler:When he finally quits, the band quickly falls apart. Indeed, the only reason the band gets back together is due to him taking notice of the band's success in Japan.]] He does have some bizarre affectations (such as his cricket bat).



* PilotMovie: When they were given seed money to pitch the film, the cast (being unsure how to put the style of the movie across) instead of filming scenes or developing production concepts, shot a complete twenty-minute film, ''Spinal Tap: The Last Tour'', as their 'pitch' instead. Some sequences, such as the performance of "Gimme Some Money" are lifted from the original short film. It appears only on Criterion's long out-of-print pressing of the DVD, not on MGM's more recent pressing.

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* PilotMovie: When they were given seed money to pitch the film, the cast (being unsure how to put the style of the movie across) instead of filming scenes or developing production concepts, shot a complete twenty-minute film, ''Spinal ''Spın̈al Tap: The Last Tour'', as their 'pitch' instead. Some sequences, such as the performance of "Gimme Some Money" are lifted from the original short film. It appears only on Criterion's long out-of-print pressing of the DVD, not on MGM's more recent pressing.



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Spinal Tap has the habit of interjecting classical music in their songs, such as Music/PachelbelsCanon and [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik]].

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Spinal Spın̈al Tap has the habit of interjecting classical music in their songs, such as Music/PachelbelsCanon and [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Eine Kleine Nacht Musik]].



* RuleOfFunny: Why would a British band be confused by the 24 hour clock? Well, this ''is'' Spinal Tap we're talking about.

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* RuleOfFunny: Why would a British band be confused by the 24 hour clock? Well, this ''is'' Spinal Spın̈al Tap we're talking about.



* TropeCodifier: This film was shot in 1982, one year before Music/QuietRiot released ''Metal Health'', the first best-selling album to be universally referred to as "metal." As a result, ''This Is Spinal Tap'' can be credited with popularizing a number of metal tropes, particularly HeavyMithril and RockMeAsmodeus

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* TropeCodifier: This film was shot in 1982, one year before Music/QuietRiot released ''Metal Health'', the first best-selling album to be universally referred to as "metal." As a result, ''This Is Spinal Spın̈al Tap'' can be credited with popularizing a number of metal tropes, particularly HeavyMithril and RockMeAsmodeus



* UnbuiltTrope: Some of the most memorable scenes have Spinal Tap performing songs that arenít strictly heavy metal but that owe their existence to subgenres of rock music that strongly influenced metal, including rockabilly ("Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight") and rhythm-and-blues ("Big Bottom").

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* UnbuiltTrope: Some of the most memorable scenes have Spinal Spın̈al Tap performing songs that arenít strictly heavy metal but that owe their existence to subgenres of rock music that strongly influenced metal, including rockabilly ("Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight") and rhythm-and-blues ("Big Bottom").
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