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Spinal Tap

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by 1SmartJosh, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Anybody just watch Spinal Tap unplugged on Jay Leno? I always thought the bass player was the funniest member of the band and until tonight did not realize he could actually play. I loved how big the bass looked on him. What did everybody else think?
  2. I'm not totally sure about Chris Guest, but both Harry Shearer and Michael McKean really did/do play.
  3. mikeGJ

    mikeGJ Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Grand Junction, CO
    I enjoyed the appearance on Leno, too.

    Yes, Harry Shearer ("Derek Smalls") can play.

    I think this has been posted on TB before ,"Christmas with the Devil".

    - Mike
  4. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    They all play, and well. I saw them at Carnegie Hall a few years ago and it was amazing. They opened for themselves as the Folksmen too (this was before a Mighty Wind was out).
  5. Kimpini


    May 14, 2008
    I was surprised when I found out that he could play too.
  6. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Georgetown, Kentucky
    Derek Smalls is one of my favorite bassists. The double neck bass he plays in the movie is pretty much my dream bass.
  7. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    Didn't surprise me.... one of the reasons they did Spinal Tap in the first place was because they wanted to have a band.

    Shame about the drummer, though.

    And the other drummer.

    And the other other drummer....

    And the drummer after that.....
  8. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    ...always have to watch out for those "bizarre gardening accidents". :cool:
  9. boamedt

    boamedt Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    "you cant dust for vomit"
  10. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Weren't all the drummers nicknamed "Stumpy" something-or-another?

    "He spontaneously combusted on stage. It was just a flash of green light..."
  11. rr5025


    Nov 12, 2008
    I might pick up some flak for asking this.... but anyone know where to stream this movie? I have been meaning to watch this for awhile now but I can't rent it seeing as I have no way to play the dvd's over here (different region). I hear about this movie continuously and I'm dying to see it.
  12. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008

    "Yeah, you really can't dust vomit"
  13. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    Is Tap on tour?
  14. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    i heard they were on tour .....
  15. Jimmy Bones

    Jimmy Bones

    Feb 24, 2009
    Baxley, GA
    I heard they were about to go on tour at least...

    Spinal Tap was on last night actually. I STILL have never seen that whole movie.
  16. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Well, since we're talking about the poor drummers here's this...

  17. southernrocker

    southernrocker Banned

    Apr 4, 2009
    Smell the glove!
  18. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    They're opening for a puppet show.
  19. pringlw


    Nov 22, 2008
    Seattle Area
    Hey, Big Bottom's got me outta my mind. C'mon noone has shown more love to the bass than Spinal Tap. Every bass player needs to have seen this performance:

  20. the general

    the general

    Jul 8, 2008
    heres the drummers from the movie from wikipedia:

    John "Stumpy" Pepys (1964–1967) Died in a bizarre, unexplained gardening accident
    Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs (1967–1974) Choked on vomit of unknown origin
    Peter "James" Bond (1974–1977) Spontaneously combusted onstage
    Mick Shrimpton (R. J. "Ric" Parnell) (1977–1982) Onstage explosion
    Joe "Mama" Besser

    favorite quote when their at the hotel and spinal tap's manager's talking to the clerk:

    Tap's manager: how do we get 14 people in a king leisure bed?
    clerk: oh don't tempt me sir. :)

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