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Monday, May 4, 2009

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This Is Spinal Tap Gets 25th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue

The motion picture that started the ‘rockumentary’ genre is a quarter-century old this year. The good news, it still wears its spandex trousers well and this one my friends goes to 11! This Is Spinal Tap, the Rob Reiner music film classic chronicles the world’s "loudest British hard rock band" through a dreadful U.S. tour. The film has now become ‘de rigeur’ for any musician or music fan. (It is said to have even fooled a certain UK brother duo into thinking they were the real deal.)

If you are a fan of music though, this one belongs in your collection and this anniversary edition would be a welcome addition. The band's official website notes that this is an “aggressively-priced” CD/DVD package that boasts the 19 original Tap songs as well as an exclusive hour-long DVD featuring track-by-track video commentary by the band and a unique pop-up diorama package that unveils three 12-inch action figures (courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles) of the band along with a proportionally sized Stonehenge. (I know what I’ll be asking for, for my birthday! ed.)

For the real 'Tap-heads', there is now a free download of the previously-unreleased “Saucy Jack” tune referenced in the film as well as exclusive digital versions of “Sex Farm” and “(Listen to the) Flower People.” Vinyl junkies will be treated to limited-edition eleven-inch version of the album. (Will the witty nostalgia never end?)

Now I know you've been curious... So what has the ponderous, pipe-huffing rocker (Derek Smalls) been doing all these years? According to Harry Shearer.
"Derek was in therapy for Internet addiction at a small therapy centre in rural England," Shearer said over the telephone from Houston. "He has kicked that,
that was very successful therapy."
Spinal Tap David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) — will also be releasing their first new album since 1992's Break Like The Wind. Called Back From the Dead, the album will hit store shelves on June 16th. It features studio versions of songs featured in the film accompanied by six new tracks.

Back From The Dead tracklisting:

"Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"
"Back From The Dead"
"(Funky) Sex Farm"
"Rock 'n' Roll Creation"
"Jazz Oddyssey I"
"Gimme Some Money"
"Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare"
"Heavy Duty"
"America "
"Jazz Oddyssey II"
"(Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee)"
"Hell Hole"
"Big Bottom"
"Celtics Blues"
"Jazz Oddyssey III"
"Warmer Than Hell"
"Short and Sweet"
"Cups and Cakes"

Oh, and my favourite line from the film?

“Yeah, well, it's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy that I'm doing in D... minor, which I always find is really the saddest of all keys, really, I don't know why. It makes people weep instantly to play.”


Allison said...

This reminds me, have you ever seen Fubar?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Will you be taking in the tour? Sadly, they have apparently forgone the spandex for that.

Al, there is a Fubar sequel in the works. The boys go to Fort McMurray to work in the oilpatch.

katrocket said...

Yeah, this is one of my all-time favourite movies. I've seen it so many times, I've lost count, and I can't pick just one favourite line. They're all special in their own way.

Sean Wraight said...

Allison - Fubar is definitely in my collection. Although I really do love it I can seldom find anyone to watch it in its entirety with me. (Perhaps they need to "take up another sport... LIKE KNITTING"

Love that line.

Barb - Unlikely that I will get to see them although I would love too. I love them in their folk incarnation as well.

Thanks for the Fubar tip. I will have to watch out for that.

katrocket - I have seen it many times myself and probably don't need another edition of it in the library. Mind you with the extras promised on the new one it will be tempting...

Soooo good.