This Is Spinal Tap (album)

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This Is Spinal Tap
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 2, 1984
ProducerChristopher Guest
Michael McKean
Harry Shearer
Spinal Tap chronology
This Is Spinal Tap
Break Like the Wind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB+ [2]

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner.

1."Hell Hole"3:07
2."Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"2:38
3."Heavy Duty"4:28
4."Rock and Roll Creation"4:08
6."Cups and Cakes" (arranged by Harlan Collins)1:33
7."Big Bottom"3:32
8."Sex Farm"3:20
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[edit]

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" and "Saucy Jack" later appeared on the Back from the Dead album. "Lick My Love Pump" and "Heartbreak Hotel" have not been officially released. Conversely, the song "America" from the soundtrack does not appear in the movie, other than in a brief scene where Nigel and David are shown attempting to record the guitar parts for the song.

Other appearances[edit]

"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.

At the Live Earth concert during the summer of 2007, Spinal Tap performed "Big Bottom" at Wembley Stadium with members of many of the other acts from the festival, including members of Beastie Boys, Metallica, Foo Fighters, and many others, all playing bass guitars. Their set also included "Stonehenge" and "Warmer Than Hell."


Spinal Tap[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]



  1. ^ Adams, Bret. Spinal Tap: This Is Spinal Tap > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Spinal Tap". Retrieved 25 August 2011.

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