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OptionVotes
Big Bottom 16
Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight 7
Gimme Some Money 6
Lick My Love Pump 4
Stonehenge 3
Jazz Odyssey 3
All the Way Home 2
Sex Farm 2
(Listen to The) Flower People 2
Cups and Cakes 2
Bitch School 1
Rock and Roll Creation 1
Springtime 0
Stinkin' Up the Great Outdoors 0
Break Like The Wind 0
Clam Caravan 0
Now Leaving on Track 13 0
Warmer than Hell 0
Short and Sweet 0
Celtic Blues 0
Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare 0
Rainy Day Sun 0
The Sun Never Sweats 0
Cash on Delivery 0
Heavy Duty 0
America 0
Christmas with the Devil 0
Saucy Jack 0
Heartbreak Hotel (a cappella) 0
Hell Hole 0
The Majesty of Rock 0
Diva Fever 0
Just Begin Again 0
Back from the Dead 0


The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Stone'enge

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:21 (two months ago) Permalink

it's really kind of amazing how genuinely good a lot of these songs are

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

kinda torn between Gimme Some Money (both versions!) and Big Bottom

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:27 (two months ago) Permalink

i prefer tap's earlier work so i gotta go with gimme some money

baby boomer death wave (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

how can I leave any of these behind?

Dominique, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

it's really kind of amazing how genuinely good a lot of these songs are

yeah a big reason the movie works is the band is actually awesome.

voted "Cups and Cakes" but this was a very tough poll (also torn between "Gimme Some Money" and "Big Bottoms").

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Always wished the soundtrack album had the triple-bass versh of Big Bottom as featured in the film

Wet Pelican would provide the soundtrack (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 12 May 2017 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

A few years ago during a visit to Portland, Nate Carson told me he really wanted to do an interview/story on the actual creation of the original Spinal Tap album -- recording sessions, talking with everyone involved, etc. He was mildly surprised nobody had done anything like this yet, and mentioned speaking with, IIRC, Patrick Macdonald, who recorded and mixed the album. I should drop him a line to see whatever happened about that, because it's definitely something that should be told.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 May 2017 16:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I do love how listening to the album gives you plenty of jokes that didn't make the released cut of the film, thus "Listen to the Flower People":

"Listen...it's like a Mozart symphony!"

*harpsichord melody*

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 May 2017 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I got Break Like the Wind for my 13th birthday so it's pretty tempting to pick something from it, maybe "The Majesty of Rock".

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 12 May 2017 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Stonehenge for its pure cheesy 70s progisms.

"Tonight I'm Gonna Rock Ya (Tonight)" for being a fuckin awesome song

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 May 2017 16:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I got Break Like the Wind for my 13th birthday so it's pretty tempting to pick something from it, maybe "The Majesty of Rock".

OK, no, it sucks. "Stonehenge" did it better.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 12 May 2017 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

'Bitch School" was the hit over here, but it came out the same week as Def Leppard's "Let's Get Rocked" which was beyond parody really.

Mark G, Friday, 12 May 2017 16:51 (two months ago) Permalink

"Tonight I'a gonna rock you"'s riff is AWEsome! Makes me want to watch the movie again.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 12 May 2017 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

A few years ago during a visit to Portland, Nate Carson told me he really wanted to do an interview/story on the actual creation of the original Spinal Tap album -- recording sessions, talking with everyone involved, etc. He was mildly surprised nobody had done anything like this yet, and mentioned speaking with, IIRC, Patrick Macdonald, who recorded and mixed the album. I should drop him a line to see whatever happened about that, because it's definitely something that should be told.

― Ned Raggett, Friday, May 12, 2017 4:10 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, I'm completely surprised this hasn't been done yet and it's definitely an article that I'd look forward to reading... any articles I read about Spinal Tap usually focus on the movie, or maybe Ultimate Classic Rock will put up an April Fools Day spoof article on Shark Sandwich or Smell the Glove or something.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 12 May 2017 19:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I just realized there's a strong familiarity between Nigel and...Liam Gallagher !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 12 May 2017 21:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Agonising vote but went for the proto-doom of Rock and Roll Creation, just edging out their most Heep-esque moment, Stonehenge.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Friday, 12 May 2017 22:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, great song, I'd forgotten about that one!

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Friday, 12 May 2017 23:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I think I'm going to go back to the core, the heart music: Saucy Jack

mookieproof, Friday, 12 May 2017 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Rock and Roll Creation ruuuules

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 12 May 2017 23:47 (two months ago) Permalink

tempted to vote for Jazz Odyssey if only because as the years go on it becomes an increasingly useful/applicable reference

thos beads (jamescobo), Friday, 12 May 2017 23:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Increasingly convinced the visual inspiration for Derek Smalls was Mike Levine of Triumph

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/michael-levine-and-rik-emmett-of-triumph-performing-at-the-us-in-san-picture-id2297254?s=594x594

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 13 May 2017 02:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Lol thats amazing

Οὖτις, Saturday, 13 May 2017 03:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Buddy of mind recently turned me on to the solo work of Rick Santers, coincidentally

Οὖτις, Saturday, 13 May 2017 03:36 (two months ago) Permalink

"Break Like the Wind" is the best of their later material. Blinding solos!

everything, Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Tempted to vote "Jazz Odyssey" only because I use that term when my jazz-loving mate plays me something particularly challenging.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 13 May 2017 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

any time we hear a particularly wack song a friend and I always look at each other and say "On the bass, Derek Smalls - he wrote this!!!"

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Saturday, 13 May 2017 14:21 (two months ago) Permalink

The Fall vote for "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXcI7YROuHE

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 13 May 2017 14:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I vote Nigel's out of tune guitar solo

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Saturday, 13 May 2017 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I had to vote for 'Stonehenge', partly because of the lyrics ("where the dewdrops cry and the cats meow" ... lol!) and partly because it's also completely OTM in terms of what it's spoofing. Also, because that whole scene in the movie is the funniest moment in the whole thing for me.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 13 May 2017 21:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Hard to pick between "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" and "Gimme Some Money".

JRN, Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:24 (two months ago) Permalink

It will be interesting to see if anyone liked their new direction...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:30 (two months ago) Permalink

(Tap member Harry Shearer went on the road with Saxon to take notes, before filming began. He was especially impressed with original Saxon bassist Steve Dawson's trademark stage move, which found Dawson playing one open string on his bass with his right hand, while holding his left arm in the air, fist proudly clenched.) -San Diego Union Tribune, 10/2/2013
I used this information in the bio that I wrote for Saxon to accompany the American release of Unleash The Beast on CMC International when I worked there.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Steve Dawson in a really cool interview on the Rhino website:

Rhino: Harry Shearer has freely acknowledged the debt that Derek Smalls owes to you. So did he just come to see the band play, or did he actually go on tour with Saxon?

SD: He came on tour with us! But how it went down was… You know, you’d get journalists coming on tour with you all the time. “Oh, is it okay if so and so from Kerrang! or Melody Maker or Sounds come with you for a couple of days? They’re gonna do a live review, blah blah blah…” “Yeah, come on!” So we didn’t know Harry Shearer for the fame he’s got now. He was just another journalist. “This guy wants to come and hang out with you for three days. Is it okay if he travels around with you?” We said, “Yeah, no problem!” So what happened was, after the concert, we’d just be hanging about in the bar, talking, and he just got us to talk about things that happened on the road. We didn’t know he was making Spinal Tap. We just thought he was a journalist. So he took the funny side of things and turned them into a film.

And I can remember, we were on tour with Iron Maiden in America, and we went to see Spinal Tap in the theater! [Laughs.] I mean, obviously, Harry Shearer had been with us, but then there was a time period between then and when the film came out, so we’d forgotten about us, and we didn’t relate any of the gags to us, really. But two of the members of Iron Maiden, halfway through, got up and walked out in disgust! But we were all there, laughing our balls off, because we thought it was funny! Because let’s face it: it is quite pantomime and funny, heavy metal music. That’s not taking anything away from the serious side of songwriting or the fans, but…if you analyze it, it is quite odd.

I mean, I can remember a funny story, where we were working in the studio in London, and I decided to nip out to get some air. And I’ve got me black leather biker jacket on, I’ve got a big mustache, skin-tight red jeans and boots…and I didn’t understand why all these guys kept whistling at me! [Laughs.] And shouting “faggot” and stuff like that. But that’s where we bought our clothes: the S&M shops in London, the porno shops. Because that’s the only place you could buy studs and leather belts and all that stuff! But it didn’t come across to us. We just liked leather jackets. There was no gay sexual stuff in it at all. That were other people who mentioned that later on. And when you look back, you think, “Oh, yeah!” And pulling gigs because the ham won’t fit on the bread…I mean, that happened all the time!

Rhino: It’s hard to believe that neither Shearer nor anyone from the movie studio let anyone from Saxon know that This is Spinal Tap was coming out, especially given that he’d actually gone on tour with the band.

SD: Nope. And we didn’t pick up on it right away, because Harry doesn’t look like Derek Smalls in real life. He was just a short-haired weedy guy. [Laughs.]

Rhino: And none of the moments in the film made you think, “Hey, that’s just like us”?

SD: Not really, no. We just watched it and looked at it as a funny film. I mean, okay, you could draw the comparisons in the way Derek Smalls played the bass, which is very similar to me. In fact, he said that was one of the key things that he got: the way I played with one hand up in the air all the time. [Laughs.] Just because playing rock bass, a lot of the time… You’re more or less like a drummer: you just keep things going. You’re not really up and down the neck all the time. You’re, like, pumping an A or an E or something. So just out of the fact that I’m only playing with one hand, I might as well do something with the other one!

That’s how that pointing thing got going: because I realized if you’re pointing at somebody in the audience… I mean, I’ve been in the audience at the Sheffield City Hall, and for some reason, if the guy in the band is looking into the audience, you always think he’s looking at you. He’s not, really. He’s looking at two or three thousand people! But I found if I picked on one guy and pointed at him, it liked to have made his day, if you know what I mean, and he went fucking crazy! So I thought, “Oh, this is all right!” So I just pointed at everybody, and they all went mad. They loved it! So that’s, like, a bit of a pantomime moment – or a Spinal Tap moment, if you will – but it was totally done out of just enjoying meself.

Rhino: So you weren’t guilty of trying to smuggle a cucumber through security, were you?

SD: Well, that cucumber… [Starts to laugh.] There is a famous photo. A guy from Sounds, a music paper in England, said, “We want to do a feature of the band, and we want to take some pictures of you walking about in London.” So we all thought, “Oh, if they’re gonna be taking some pictures of us, we’d better get into our stage gear!” So I had those stripey trousers on, and we were there in full spandex and leather, walking around London, and we just happened to go by a shop that sold vegetables. And I noticed this cucumber, so I picked it up and put it in the, uh, usual pose – sticking out – and that was on part of the feature! We told that story to Harry, and I think he just altered it slightly about being down his trousers.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:42 (two months ago) Permalink

"Big Bottom" got my vote because how can you leave that behind?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:44 (two months ago) Permalink

you know where you stand in a hellhole

Moodles, Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

whichever one has the best guitar sustain

billstevejim, Thursday, 18 May 2017 01:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I voted for Big Bottom...on a Monday cos it's my lucky bun
day

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I voted for Big Bottom...on a Monday cos it's my lucky bun
day

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Went with Big Bottom also but Tonight I'm Gonna Rock It is legitimately better than anything AC/DC ever did.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:45 (two months ago) Permalink

you know where you stand in a hellhole

this line still makes me laugh after 30-odd years

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Voted 'Sex Farm', the perfect representation of wheel spinning deep cut bullshit Side B filler

Sushi and the Banchan (Spectrist), Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:59 (two months ago) Permalink

it also sets up a hilarious Harry Shearer line at the end

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Bass riff on big bottom is all time

barbarian radge (NotEnough), Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:22 (two months ago) Permalink

that big bottom bass solo is one of the best sly jokes in the film

Drive Your Lover Wild In Bed By Cosplaying As Jeff Lynne (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 19 May 2017 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

well it is a velvetly cheek day

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 19 May 2017 00:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Heartbreak Hotel (a cappella) 0

fuckin' casuals mannnnnn

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 19 May 2017 00:33 (two months ago) Permalink

bloody raggah

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 May 2017 04:59 (two months ago) Permalink

The outtakes from this are really a treat

Οὖτις, Friday, 19 May 2017 05:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Shit sandwich

calstars, Friday, 19 May 2017 07:11 (two months ago) Permalink

they cahn't print that!

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 May 2017 12:16 (two months ago) Permalink

So many hidden gems in their discography:

http://www.steveworek.com/tap/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 19 May 2017 13:30 (two months ago) Permalink

lol that is great

"Children of the Sun" is performed as an acoustic demo by David, and was later given away to Folktown Records artists, the Folksmen.

Οὖτις, Friday, 19 May 2017 15:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I love how more modern heavy-blooz the soundcheck "Gimme Some Money" is

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 19 May 2017 21:10 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.gq.com/story/spinal-tap-vs-hollywood

The guys are all believers now, which is why they've filed a $400 million lawsuit against the French conglomerate Vivendi and its film subsidiary Studiocanal, which owns the rights to Spinal Tap. Among the suit's charges: fraud, breach of contract, and abuse of power “as part of an intentional scheme” to deprive the creators of what is legitimately theirs. (Vivendi's lawyers deny any wrongdoing, calling the $400 million figure “fanciful” at best.)

Central to the band's case is the claim that Vivendi has been hiding millions of dollars in profits from Spinal Tap by packaging the movie with flops, an accounting trick known as cross-collateralizing. The film, the company insists, is barely breaking even. “Do they believe their own financial statements?” Shearer asks. “Because if they're believing what they send to us, I think they need medical attention.”

i n f i n i t y (∞), Thursday, 1 June 2017 18:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I wonder what Harry Shearer does w all his money

Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 June 2017 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Partly answered in the piece:

Shearer's home in New Orleans, a four-story converted macaroni factory, provides evidence of where his combative approach has gotten him. There are gold-paneled walls, impossibly high ceilings, parquet floors, a marble ballroom (complete with baby-grand piano), and the gaudiest collection of Mardi Gras tiaras and crowns ever assembled in one place. Shearer himself is bedecked in a riot of color—a navy-gold-and-red striped dress shirt over a purple T-shirt, maroon jeans, and a rainbow-striped pair of Y3 Yohji Yamamoto high-tops. The Simpsons, it's clear, has been very good to Shearer, which is why he can afford to go after the “larcenous executives” who he says are doing him and countless others wrong.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 1 June 2017 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

would be cool if that was their main defense in court. "But your honor, he owns $400 shoes!"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 1 June 2017 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean, considering they have to ask permission and PAY to appear as characters they created, I don't think the money is the biggest point of contention.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 1 June 2017 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

btw I didn't at all mean to imply here that I think Harry is in the wrong here (or w his Simpsons negotiation tactics), if someone's going to make a million dollars off of work he created it should be him and not some corporate assholes.

I was just genuinely curious about what someone who is ludicrously rich and also left-wing, with a clear distaste for corporate elites etc. would do with the bajillions that he's made over the years. Evidently he's indulged his more ridiculous whims cuz why not, I would hope he's been somewhat philanthropic too at least but whatever

Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 June 2017 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I do kinda love that lives in a fucking macaroni factory

Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:10 (one month ago) Permalink

haha i chuckled at that

i n f i n i t y (∞), Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

No one knows who they were or what they were doing

badg, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:15 (one month ago) Permalink

reading their song titles just makes me giggle

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:17 (one month ago) Permalink

WHERE THE DEWDROPS CRY... and the CATS MEOW!

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 5 June 2017 19:18 (one month ago) Permalink


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