This is Spinal Tap

“This is Spinal Tap” is a documentary style movie that follows a fictional band called Spinal Tap, who goes on a tour 17 years after their prime.  The documentary follows the band on their misadventures and includes clips of the good ole days, interviews, and backstage footage.  After watching, people often thought Spinal Tap was a real band. Naturally, they decided why not and wrote original songs for an album, which was actually the soundtrack for the movie.    The album included songs such as “Hell Hole”, “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight”, “Heavy Duty”, “Rock and Roll Creation”, “America”, “Cups and Cakes”, “Big Bottom”, “Sex Farm”, “Stonehenge”, “Gimme Some Money”, and “Listen to The Flower People”.   “Gimme Some Money” ended up being featured in the 1991 comedy film “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.” “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” ended up being featured in the video game Guitar Hero II. “Big Bottom”, would go on to be covered by Soundgarden. American Express would, also later use “Gimme Some Money”, for their commercials. Finally, “Big Bottom” would be aired on the 2007 Rhino Records release, The Heavy Metal Box.  Even though the movie and the band started as entertainment, poke-fun type creation and the music from the soundtrack would go on to become industry heavy hitters with big companies looking for a way to market their products with something fun and relevant. The albums from the band are credited to three men; Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer who produced the music, which was then recorded, engineered, and mixed by Patrick Mcdonald. Thanks to the professional production style of the music “This is Spinal Tap”, they were able to fool America with a real sound of a fake band.  This is a great example of a product going above and beyond and just goes to show, no matter if it’s a joke or not, if you have a good product, it will sell.  I feel that everyone can take away from that in knowing that if you do good work there’s nowhere to go but up.


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