BSD #12: ‘This is Spinal Tap’

My Rating: 9 out of 11 unplayed guitars
An ageless comedy about rockers facing the inevitability of aging

It didn’t quite make it to being Episode 11, but the Blast Shields Down Film Society rocks out to 1984’s This is Spinal Tap. I host the discussion as we delve into the band’s fictional history and our own brief flirtations with rock godliness. (Don’t worry, it’s not an hour of us talking about our bands.) Topics range from the sexy mystique of rockers, group dynamics, sexism vs. sexiness, and the state of music today when compared to this time capsule from the days of head-banging and stuffed spandex.

Rob Reiner directs and plays documentarian to David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls (Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer respectively) as Spinal Tap, a British metal band that has launched a U.S. tour in a last ditch effort at the rock and roll lifestyle. In the process, the band experiences setbacks including a controversial album cover, on stage mishaps, a controlling girlfriend, and spontaneously combusting drummers, leading to what could be their final breakup.

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