This Is Spinal Tap (album)
|This Is Spinal Tap|
|Soundtrack album by Spinal Tap|
|Released||March 2, 1984|
|Genre||Comedy rock, heavy metal, Hard rock|
|Producer||Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer|
|Spinal Tap chronology|
|Robert Christgau||B+ |
This Is Spinal Tap (or simply Spinal Tap) was the soundtrack to the film This Is Spinal Tap, released in 1984. It was re-released in 2000 with lyrics and two versions of "Christmas with the Devil" as bonus tracks. The cover art is identical to that of the fictional album Smell the Glove featured in the film.
All songs written and composed by Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner.
|2.||"Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"||2:38|
|4.||"Rock and Roll Creation"||4:08|
|6.||"Cups and Cakes" (arranged by Harlan Collins)||1:33|
|10.||"Gimme Some Money"||2:26|
|11.||"(Listen to The) Flower People"||2:38|
|2000 CD bonus tracks|
|12.||"Christmas with the Devil"||4:24|
|13.||"Christmas with the Devil" (Scratch Mix)||4:42|
Missing film songs
Noticeably missing tracks from the film include "All the Way Home", "Lick My Love Pump", "Jazz Odyssey", "Saucy Jack" and the band's a cappella performance of "Heartbreak Hotel". "All the Way Home", however, did later appear on the Break Like the Wind album, while "Jazz Odyssey" later appeared on the Back from the Dead album. (Conversely, the song "America" from the soundtrack does not appear in the movie.) (Actually, David messes up the riff from "America" in a studio scene in the film.)
"Gimme Some Money" was featured in the 1991 comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
The song "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero II. When played as the encore song at the end of the career mode's second tier, the in-game band's drummer spontaneously combusts upon the song's completion, a direct reference to This Is Spinal Tap.
Seattle grunge band Soundgarden covered the song "Big Bottom" several times at their early live shows, documented on their live video Louder Than Live as well as on the Netherlands release of their 1992 Rusty Cage single.
In early 2007, American Express Small Business Services used "Gimme Some Money" (with vocals) as background music in a television ad.
- David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) – lead vocals and guitar
- Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) – lead guitar, mandolin, and vocals
- Viv Savage (David Kaff) – keyboards and vocals
- Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) – bass guitar and vocals
- Mick Shrimpton (Ric Parnell) – drums and percussion
- Harlan Collins – synthesizers
- Jon Sinclair – keyboards
- Produced by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer
- Recorded, engineered and mixed by Patrick McDonald
- Editing: Kenneth Karman
- Spinal Tap – official band site