Lately, I’ve felt drawn to the roots of heavy metal. Scouring rock music history, I always end up throning one band as king of them all. I have come to learn that this band is the pulse, the mulch of the sea, black as the night without the stars, the living beating heart of the genre: Spinal Tap. Compared to Tap, bands like Megadeth, Motley Crue and Metallica are mere footnotes in rock music history. Spinal Tap is an eternal monument to heavy metal greatness.
For this reason, and much, much more, I find it appropriate to once in a while share and profess my profound appreciation for Spinal Tap. The british rock-group is, by some, best remembered for appearing in the 1984 rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. Connesseurs will remember Tap for their musical pearls. Tracks such as Sex Farm, Big Bottom, Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight and Stonehenge has helped establish Tap as the greatest heavy metal band in the history of everything.
In this appreciation extravaganza, let’s tap into a bit of their history. My most profound and fond Tap memory is of the trademark solos by lead-guitarist Nigel Tuffnell:
The man is a multi-talented, multi-faceted musical genius:
Celebrating one song triumph after the other, I give you Big Bottom, Rock’n Roll Creation, Stonehenge and my all time favourite: Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight.
Key to the success of Spinal Tap has always been quality, custom-built hardware, hardware which helps them when they need that extra push over the cliff.
These are all clips from “This Is Spinal Tap”, which—if you like music at all—is a must-purchase, either on DVD or Blu-ray. Their more recent album, Break Like the Wind is, like all other Tap material, triumphantly excellent, featuring the delicious The Majesty Of Rock.
In closing, I give you a profound quote from David St. Hubbins1:
I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn’t believe anything.