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Spinal Tap Bassist Returns With Crosby, Frampton, Fagen, Wakeman on Solo LP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Spinal Tap Bassist Returns With Crosby, Frampton, Fagen, Wakeman on Solo LP

    Rockumentary legend Harry Shearer recruits Donald Fagen, Taylor Hawkins and more for 'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)'


    Harry Shearer, who portrayed bassist Derek Smalls in the 1984 parody-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, is releasing his debut solo LP in character. Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) arrives on April 13th via Twanky Records/BMG.

    David Crosby, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, former Yes member Rick Wakeman, Dweezil Zappa, Joe Satriana and Steve Vai will appear on the record with many others.

    Smalls described the project as "halfway between 'rage against the dying light' and trying to find the light." Detailing how he roped in so many high-profile guest artists, the bassist said simply: "Pity."

    Smalls will launch a United States tour, "Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music," on April 14th at New Orleans' Saenger Theater (in collaboration with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra). Full details of the tour have yet to be announced, but the trek will also include dates at Atlanta's Symphony Hall (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and a special appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

    Smalls, singer-guitarist David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) have issued three Spinal Tap LPs: 1984's This Is Spinal Tap, 1992's Break Like the Wind and 2009's Back From the Dead.

    Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) Track List (With Descriptions)

    1. "Openture" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
    "The philosophy of this record, expressed in fewer words than I've taken to almost describe it."

    2. "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" (featuring Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner and Chad Smith)
    "Whatever might be ailing you, rock 'n' roll is the cure. Ask Dr. Derek!"

    3. "Butt Call" (featuring Phil X, Taylor Hawkins)
    "In one lifetime, the telephone has gone from a miracle to a pain in the arse."

    4. "Smalls Change" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel)
    "Why Lukewarm Water is no longer bracketed by Fire and Ice. A nod to what's past, and a wink to what's next."

    5. "Memo To Willie" (featuring Donald Fagen, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Larry Carlton and the Snarky Puppy Horns)
    "An urgent missive to the Honorable Member: continued tumescence, if you please."

    6. "It Don't Get Old" (featuring Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel)
    "Life on the road, an endless series of pointless encounters. What could be better?"

    7. "Complete Faith" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra)
    "A musical interruption."

    8. "Faith No More" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman)
    "As I get older, I look back more fondly on all the people I’ve known. Except for Ian."

    9. "Gimme Some (More) Money" (featuring Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby)
    "Time and technology change everything, except the need for change."

    10. "MRI" (featuring Derek with Dweezil Zappa)
    "Everybody’s going to have one, eventually. It’s just another ride. To hell, but still…"

    11. "Hell Toupee" (featuring the Hungarian Studio Orchestra
    "Think Satan doesn't have dark thoughts about his appearance as he ages? Think again."

    12. "Gummin the Gash" (featuring Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch)
    "Losing your teeth closes one door, and opens another. A celebration of the meeting of two toothless cavities."

    13. "She Puts the Bitch in Obituary" (featuring Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch)
    "A hymn to womanhood in all her splendor."

    14. "When Men Did Rock" (featuring Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra
  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    The Promo Video.
    I cannot wait...

    Pre-orders here, if anyone's interested...including a set of strings he actually played on!
    Derek Smalls: New Album
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2018
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  3. RNG1

    RNG1 Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    Awesome. What a cast of legends he got got together.
  4. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Whew -- I was getting really concerned about Harry Shearer's financial situation.

    I'll be able to sleep this weekend. :smug:
  5. Leo Smith

    Leo Smith

    Oct 21, 2009
    Long overdue release from a quiet forgotten genius.
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  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I wish Guest & McKean were involved, but TBH "Break Like the Wind" wasn't that great. Haven't ever given "Back from the Dead" a try.
  7. Thats.......thats........Dang! For once I'm speechless......
  8. Ulf_Hansson


    Apr 15, 2014
    It doesn't matter what it sounds like. With descriptions like that and all these legendary guests..
  9. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    This looks extremely silly :D
    Aberdumbie likes this.
  10. RNG1

    RNG1 Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2015
    "She Puts the Bitch in Obituary"

    That’s an amazing rhyme, just when you thought there’s nothing new anymore
    Deak and Oddly like this.
  11. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    I could be wrong. But out of all the music-related productions these guys have done together or individually, I think Shearer is the most prolific and skilled musically. Definitely the most versatile. It's always the bassist. :bassist:
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  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm unaware of any solo efforts by Guest or McKean. When T.I.S.P. was new I thought Guest was the most accomplished musically, but maybe I just imagined it.

    He was really into music back when he was doing sketches with John Belushi.
  13. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    By individually, I mean not necessarily together in the same project. I think Guess and McKean played together a bit in the 60s. But it seems like he's the multi-instrumentalist of the bunch. Just going on what I recall.
  14. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Apparently Guest was in charge of the instruments on the sets they were used & he was always worried Belushi was going to smash them up with this slapstick antics.
    Turns out John was more graceful than he looked, LOL.
    Wish I could recall what project they worked on together. I'll have to read the other biography Belushi's wife wrote.

    I have a copy (bought it for $1), but haven't read it yet:

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