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SPINAL TAP – This Is Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap – This Is Spinal Tap [Remastered] (2000, Polydor Records)
Originally Released: 1984, Polydor Records

Track Listing:
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
5. “America” … 3:31
6. “Cups and Cakes” … 1:33
7. “Big Bottom” … 3:32
8. “Sex Farm” … 3:20
9. “Stonehenge” … 4:36
10. “Gimme Some Money” … 2:26
11. “(Listen to the) Flower People” … 2:38
12. “Christmas with the Devil” … 4:24
13. “Christmas with the Devil” (Scratch Mix)” … 4:42

David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) – Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals
Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) – Bass, Backing Vocals
Mick Shrimpton (Ric Parnell) – Drums and percussion
Viv Savage (David Kaff) – Keyboard, Backing Vocals

Produced by: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer

A pretty famous album serves as the soundtrack to the mockumentary movie This Is Spinal Tap, starring the fictional band Spinal Tap. Taking the ficitional band’s fictional album catalog into account, you could also kinda view this as their greatest hits. Various points of the band’s history were talked about in the movie and songs like “Gimme Some Money”, “(Listen to the) Flower People” and “Cups and Cakes” represent the band’s earlier 60s/70s output.

As silly as the lyrics can be at times, it’s actually some really good songs here. You change the lyrics and you’ve got some legit killer songs here like “Heavy Duty” and “Rock & Roll Creation”. But as it stands, these songs are still strong rockers even with the purposefully silly lyrics. “Stonehenge” even would’ve have a creepy intro if it wasn’t for the narration.

“Big Bottom” is the most well-known song here and for good reason, it’s catchy and hilarious. “Sex Farm” right up there with it. “Christmas with the Devil” and it’s remix, which also combine humor with solid hard rock, was released on the 2000 remaster.

A must have for anyone who is a fan of 70s/80s hard rock & metal.

Highlights: “Hello Hole”, “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You”, “Heavy Duty”, “Rock and Roll Creation”, Big Bottom”, “Sex Farm”, “Stonehenge”, “Christmas with the Devil”

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