YMMV: This Is Spinal Tap
- Critical Research Failure: Real Brits wouldn't be confused by a 24 hour clock.
- Crosses the Line Twice:
Bobbi Flekman: You put a greased naked woman on all fours with a dog collar around her neck, and a leash, and a man's arm extended out up to here, holding onto the leash, and pushing a black glove in her face to sniff it. You don't find that offensive? You don't find that sexist?Ian: [...] Well, you should have seen the cover they wanted to do! It wasn't a glove, believe me.
- The original cover for Smell The Glove (which the Band can't understand why the label finds offensive).
You're sweet, but you're just four feetAnd you still got your baby teethYou're too young, and I'm too well hungTonight I'm gonna rock you
- The pedophilia humor in "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight."
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Not only are some of the songs (Stonehenge particularly) fairly awesome, but when you remember that they were written as parodies of real rock songs, they become all the more so.
- It is telling that the songs still really work even though they're comical and mostly parody. The follow-up album, Break Like The Wind, has this in spades too, and has a bunch of prominent musicians who got the joke (and didn't take it too seriously) guest-starring in the songs.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Bobbi Flekman. Her character was so popular that an episode of The Nanny revolved around her.
- Fountain of Memes:
"These go Up to Eleven.""Money talks and bullshit walks.""NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO FUCKING DO STONEHENGE!""There was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.""You think of yourself as a preserved moose?"
- Fridge Brilliance: The "Mach" piece. It's a combination of Mozart and Bach, but it's also a mach piece (as in, say mach 5), something the band members would likely call their music, as well as a "mock" piece, because it's not a real song.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
- The story about Spinal Tap's first drummer dying in a "bizarre gardening accident". On August 5th 1992 the drummer Jeff Porcaro from the American rock band Toto died from what was originally believed to be an allergic reaction to a pesticide he was spraying in his garden. The coroner's report later stated his death was due to heart failure resulting from cocaine abuse.
- Ronnie James Dio had a thumb severed while working in his back yard. He even started calling it a bizarre gardening accident.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight:
- The experience making this film actually helped Tony Hendra, who played the manager, get over his suicidal depression. The Power of Rock indeed.
- In the film:
Nigel: David? Have a good show.note
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Ho Yay: Nigel seems to have a crush on David. At the launch party, both Nigel and David have venereal diseases on their lips (indicating if they weren't kissing each other, they were engaging in a three way.) As Roger Ebert noted in his re-review of the film:
Ebert: When Nigel learns that David's girlfriend Jeanine Pettibone is flying over from England to join the tour, his heart sinks. His crush on David is obvious to everyone except, of course, David.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Squick: One drummer died choking on vomit. Someone else's vomit.
- Technology Marches On: Dear God, those wireless amps are huge. Also, playing Missile Command on the Atari 800. With a keyboard.
Viv: Quite exciting, this computer magic!
- One of the band members asks him if he'd blown up any galaxies yet.
- The band seems to be a generation behind in technology. In the MGM Commentary recorded in 2000, eBay gets brought up a lot and Nigel's doesn't have his own email account.