Spinal Tap discography

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The semi-fictitious rock band Spinal Tap has released three albums in addition to several bootleg compilations that have been compiled by fans. The band also has an extensive fictitious back catalog which is discussed briefly within the film This is Spinal Tap.

Real albums[edit]

Commercial releases[edit]

This Is Spinal Tap[edit]

Released on Polydor (catalog #POL-817846) in 1984.

Side One

  • Hell Hole
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
  • Heavy Duty
  • Rock and Roll Creation (single version)
  • America
  • Cups And Cakes

Side Two

  • Big Bottom (1973 version)
  • Sex Farm
  • Stonehenge (1975 version)
  • Gimme Some Money
  • (Listen to the) Flower People

2000 CD bonus tracks

  • Christmas with the Devil
  • Christmas with the Devil (Scratch Mix)

Album notes

  • The soundtrack to the film This Is Spinal Tap.
  • Though the cover is almost identical to Smell the Glove, "Hell Hole" is the only song that the two albums have in common.
  • The song "America", written under the title "If I Were King of America" during the 1982 American tour, has not been released elsewhere.
  • A remastered CD version was released in 2000, with two bonus tracks - the sides of the rare "Christmas With The Devil" single from 1984. "Christmas With The Devil" was re-recorded for Break Like the Wind.

Break Like the Wind[edit]

Main article: Break Like the Wind

Released on MCA (catalog #MCAP10514) in 1992.

Side one

  • Bitch School
  • The Majesty of Rock
  • Diva Fever
  • Just Begin Again
  • Cash on Delivery
  • The Sun Never Sweats (remake)
  • Rainy Day Sun (remixed)

Side two

  • Break Like the Wind (remake)
  • Stinkin' Up the Great Outdoors (remake)
  • Springtime (remake)
  • Clam Caravan (remake)
  • Christmas with the Devil (remake)
  • Now Leaving on Track 13[1] (hidden track)
  • All the Way Home (remastered demo)

Album notes [fictional]

  • Tap's first new album in nearly ten years.
  • The working title of this album was "Back in the Harness Again".
  • Spinal Tap intended this to be a series of three albums, released hours apart, as Guns N' Roses did with the double album Use Your Illusion. However, the master tapes for discs two and three were lost before release.
  • Two unreleased songs from this period are "Back in Harness" and "Just Spell My Name." (According to Derek, "Back in Harness" was intended as a possible concert opener.)
  • All old Tap songs, except "Rainy Day Sun" and "All the Way Home", are complete re-recordings. "Rainy Day Sun" is a heavily remixed version of the 1967 single, and "All the Way Home" is a remastered version of the 1961 demo. (Incidentally, listen for a young Derek Smalls at the start of "All the Way Home" - whether he actually appears on the song itself is the subject of a debate.)
  • A non-functioning eight-track tape of the album was released as a promotional item.
  • "Now Leaving on Track 13" is not listed on the cover. In the recent StudioCanal book about This Is Spinal Tap, this song is erroneously titled "Let Him Go".

Break Like the Wind Mark II[edit]

Album notes

  • Mentioned as forthcoming in a 1996 online chat by Derek, but never surfaced. This album would have been identical to Break Like the Wind except for the addition of a new song, "Goat Boy."
  • The as-yet-unreleased "Goat Boy" was written for a 1996 IBM commercial.

Back from the Dead[edit]

Released on June 23, 2009 on the A2M Label.

Track List

  • 01. Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
  • 02. Back From the Dead
  • 03. (Funky) Sex Farm
  • 04. Rock 'n' Roll Creation
  • 05. Jazz Oddyssey I
  • 06. Gimme Some Money
  • 07. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
  • 08. Heavy Duty
  • 09. America
  • 10. Jazz Oddyssey II
  • 11. (Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Style)
  • 12. Hell Hole
  • 13. Big Bottom
  • 14. Celtic Blues
  • 15. Jazz Oddyssey III
  • 16. Warmer than Hell
  • 17. Stonehenge
  • 18. Short and Sweet
  • 19. Cups and Cakes

Album notes

  • Album contains both a CD and a DVD; the DVD contains track-by-track commentary
  • Album packaging is a fold-out diorama of the band
  • Nominated for a 2009 Grammy for Best Comedy Album
  • Nominated for a 2009 Grammy for Best Recording Package

Bootlegs[edit]

Ultra Rare Tap, Volume 11[edit]

Independent release, most likely from the Nineties.

Includes

  • Bitch School (Letterman 3/27/92)
  • Big Bottom (SNL 5/5/84)
  • Gimme Some Money (Rockline 3/23/92)
  • The Majesty of Rock (Freddie Mercury Tribute 4/20/92)
  • Radio Promos 1 (from The Simpsons)
  • Christmas with the Devil (1984 single version)
  • Break Like the Wind (Rip Magazine Party 10/06/91)
  • All the Way Home (Rockline 3/23/92)
  • Sweet Georgia Brown (Les Paul and Nigel Tufnel, Dennis Miller Show 5/12/92)
  • Radio Promos 2 (This Is Spinal Tap outtake)
  • Hell Hole (with Ricky on guitar)
  • Heavy Duty (Rip Magazine Party 10/06/91)
  • (Listen to the) Flower People (Calypso Version, Music Machine LA 4/05/84)
  • We Three Kings (Christmas benefit album 1993)
  • Christmas with the Devil (The Arsenio Hall Show 12/17/92)

Album notes

  • A well-circulated bootleg that was very popular before being upstaged by the massive None More Black (see below).

Two-in-One[edit]

Independent release, probably made after 2000.

Includes

  • Hell Hole
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
  • Heavy Duty
  • Rock and Roll Creation
  • America
  • Big Bottom
  • Sex Farm
  • Stonehenge
  • Gimme Some Money
  • (Listen to the) Flower People
  • Bitch School
  • The Majesty of Rock
  • Diva Fever
  • Just Begin Again
  • Cash on Delivery
  • The Sun Never Sweats
  • Rainy Day Sun
  • Stinkin' Up the Great Outdoors
  • Springtime
  • Clam Caravan
  • Christmas with the Devil
  • Now Leaving on Track 13
  • All the Way Home

Album notes

  • Listed in the CDDB/Gracenote database.
  • A pirate combining both Spinal Tap CDs in one CD. "Cups and Cakes", the 1984 "Christmas" mixes, and "Break Like the Wind" are missing.

Turn the Dial to 11[edit]

Independent release from sometime after 2000.

Includes

  • "Sustain"
  • Back from the Dead
  • Big Bottom
  • We Three Kings
  • Rainy Day Sun
  • "Don't Understand"
  • Cups and Cakes
  • Sex Farm
  • Gimme Some Money
  • "Don't Point"
  • The Sun Never Sweats
  • All the Way Home
  • The Majesty of Rock
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
  • "Armadillos"
  • Bitch School
  • Heavy Duty
  • Break Like the Wind
  • Cash on Delivery
  • "Clever"
  • Rock and Roll Creation
  • Stonehenge
  • "Green Globule"
  • Hell Hole
  • Diva Fever
  • (Listen to the) Flower People
  • "Goes to 11"

Album notes

  • A pirated greatest-hits album spotted in the CDDB/Gracenote database.
  • Contains dialogue interludes from This Is Spinal Tap.
  • Strangely, the titles of "Sex Farm" and "Bitch School" are censored as "Farm" and "School".

None More Black[edit]

Independent release from sometime after 2000.

Disc one

  • Back from the Dead (internet release, 2000)
  • Rock and Roll Nightmare (The TV Show, 1978)
  • Christmas with the Devil (SNL, 5-5-84)
  • Big Bottom (SNL, 5-5-84)
  • Break Like the Wind (Rip Party, 10-6-91)
  • Heavy Duty (Rip Party, 10-6-91)
  • All the Way Home (Rockline, 3-23-92)
  • Gimme Some Money (Rockline, 3-23-92)
  • Bitch School (Letterman, 3-27-92)
  • The Majesty of Rock (Freddie Mercury Tribute, 4-20-92)
  • Bitch School (MTV Spring Break)
  • Heavy Duty (MTV Spring Break — partial)
  • Stinkin' Up the Great Outdoors (Much Music, 07-01-92)
  • The Majesty of Rock (The Arsenio Hall Show, 05-18-92)
  • Christmas with the Devil (The Arsenio Hall Show, 12-17-92)
  • Stonehenge (Leno, 10-4-2000)
  • Back from the Dead (Late Show with David Letterman, 2000)
  • (Listen to the) Flower People/Hell Hole (from VH1's The List, 6-22-01)
  • Big Bottom (from VH1's The List, 6-22-01)
  • We Three Kings
  • Sweet Georgia Brown (Nigel Tufnel & Les Paul, Dennis Miller Show, 5-12-92)
  • Children of the Sun (The Folksmen)
  • Corn Wine (The Folksmen)

Disc two

  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (from 'The Final Tour')
  • Big Bottom (from 'The Final Tour')
  • Heavy Duty (from 'The Final Tour')
  • Stonehenge (from 'The Final Tour')
  • Sex Farm (from 'The Final Tour')
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (from TIST director's cut)
  • Rock and Roll Creation (from TIST director's cut)
  • Hell Hole (from TIST director's cut)
  • Big Bottom (from TIST director's cut)
  • Heavy Duty (from TIST director's cut)
  • Nigel Guitar Solo (from TIST director's cut)
  • Stonehenge (from TIST director's cut)
  • America (studio session pt. 1) (from TIST director's cut)
  • America (studio session pt. 2) (from TIST director's cut)
  • Sex Farm (from TIST director's cut)
  • Hell Hole (with Ricky on lead guitar/vocals) (from TIST director's cut)
  • Jazz Odyssey (from TIST director's cut)
  • Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (Nigel's Return) (from TIST director's cut)
  • (Listen to the) Flower People (alternate mix)
  • All the Way Home (David & Nigel)
  • Gimme Some Money (soundcheck)
  • Talk with Tap I
  • Talk with Tap II
  • Talk with Tap III
  • The Folksmen - Rehearsal (from SNL '84)
  • The Folksmen - Old Joe's Place (from SNL '84)
  • The Folksmen - Never Did No Wanderin' (from The View, 2003)
  • The Folksmen - Old Joe's Place (from Late Show with David Letterman, 2003)

Disc three

  • Christmas with the Devil (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Hell Hole (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Sex Farm (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Big Bottom (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • (Listen to the) Flower People (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Gimme Some Money (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Heavy Duty (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Rock and Roll Creation (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • Rock and Roll Nightmare (live at the Music Machine, 4-5-84)
  • David St. Hubbins - This Is Sportscenter (ESPN TV Spot)

Album notes

  • There are many variations of this album — the track list above applies to the most complete version.
  • An infamous bootleg, and the one most commonly owned by Tap fans.

References[edit]

  • http://www.spinaltap.com, various archived versions from http://www.archive.org
  • Occhiogrosso, Peter. "Inside Spinal Tap." Updated edition. Arbor House, 1992.
  • "The Return of Spinal Tap" DVD. 404 Music Group, 2003.
  • "This Is Spinal Tap" special edition DVD. Studio Canal, 2000.
  • "This Is Spinal Tap: The Official Companion". Bloomsbury, 2000.

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