One of my all time favorite comedies, This is Spinal Tap was released on this date in 1984. Released on March 2nd, 1984, Rob Reiner directed Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Paul Schafer, Billy Crystal and a load of others in the greatest Mock-U-Mentary ever filmed.
I Remember Seeing It The Week It Came Out And It Was A Very Strange Theatre Experience. There Weren’t Many People In The Theatre…And The People There Didn’t Laugh. Me And My Buddies Were The Only Ones In The Theater Who Got The Joke I Guess. But That Seemed To Be A Problem For The Movie At First. It Wasn’t A Big Hit…There Were Also Many People Who Thought It Was A Real Documentary. I Remember First Seeing Them On Snl As The Musical Guest. A Couple Of The Members, Christopher Guest And Harry Shearer Were Cast Members. Then They Launched A Tour…And Then The Movie. They Actually Played It Up Like They Were A Real Band…So There Were A Lot Of People Who Thought It Was A Real Documentary. Ozzy Was One Of Those People Who Thought It Was Real. When He Learned The Truth, He Admitted That He Should Have Known Better. “They Seemed Quite Tame Compared To What We Got Up To,”. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Eddie Vedder, And Dee Snider Are Just A Few Of The Musicians Who Have Referenced Similarities Between Their Own Lives And The Movie’s Plot. It Really Affected Aerosmith. Joe Perry Has Told The Story Many Times That He Went And Saw The Movie With His Girlfriend And They Thought It Was Hilarious. Joe Then Told Steven Tyler About It. When Joe And Steven Then Saw It Together…Joe Couldn’t Help That Steven Was Getting A Little Uncomfortable. Steven Hated The Movie Because It Hit Too Close To Home. I’ve Loved The Movie Forever. I Can Quote Every Line…And What Great Lines From That Movie.
How many great Spinal Tap lines do you remember?
Michael McKean who plays David StHubbins was recently on Colbert and explained how it all started. The Spinal Tap talk starts at 1:40…
Back in 1992 The Tap reunited on Letterman. For some reason this clip starts out with a clip from Dennis Miller’s short lived talk show. The Letterman/Spinal Tap bit starts at :30