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Masters of Heavy Metal Parody Spinal Tap’s 1978 TV Debut

The idea for the cult classic Spinal Tap gestated from a conversation overheard by co-creator Christopher Guest in 1974, according to Legs McNeil’s excellent blog, Please Kill Me. Guest was hanging out at the chic Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont when he heard:

Manager: All right, well, we’ll take our instruments up to the room.

Bassist: Don’t know where my bass is.

Manager: I beg your pardon.

Bassist: I don’t know where the bass is.

Manager: Where is it?

Bassist: I think it’s at the airport.

Manager: You have to get back there, don’t you?

Bassist: I don’t know, do I?

Manager: I think you better.

Bassist: Where’s my bass?

Manager: It’s at the airport.

Spinal Tap the band made its debut on a late-night ABC sketch comedy called The TV Show, in which they parodied NBC music show The Midnight Special, complete with Spinal Tap writer and director Rob Reiner introducing the band in his best Wolfman Jack impersonation.

“To relieve the tension of that moment, we started ad-libbing these characters.”

“We were shooting a takeoff on ‘Midnight Special,’ just lying on the ground waiting for the machine that was supposed to make the fog effect to stop dripping hot oil on us,” says Harry Shearer, who plays Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls. “And to relieve the tension of that moment, we started ad-libbing these characters.”

To relive the glory years of this great fake band, get the Special Edition DVD or Blu-ray for less than 10 bucks at Amazon, or stream it there for a few dollars less.

Meet Lori Black, the Late Shirley Temple’s Heavy Metal Daughter!

Heavy metal and other Shirley Temple family revelations!

While the interwebs mourned the loss yesterday of child star and conservative political powerhouse Shirley Temple Black at age 85, a smaller but related story also made the rounds: The Dimpled One’s daughter, Lori Black, once played bass for sludge-metal titans the Melvins!

In fact, Lori Black’s scant Wikipedia pages sole entry, aside from a two-line bio, is about her time playing with the Melvins and dating its frontman, Buzz Osborne (also known as King Buzzo).

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8 Reasons Why CD Box Sets Still Matter

Why Box Sets Still Matter

In a world that’s embraced digital music in the cloud, are CD box sets obsolete?  I don’t think so, and here’s why: Continue reading

New Product Tuesday with Pop Memories of the ’60s

The musical landscape of the 1960s wasn’t all about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Radio and record racks made plenty of room for Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Ed Ames, Vikki Carr, The Lettermen, Shriley Bassey, and many other artists that weren’t quite ready to rock. They’re all here in this new Time-Life CD collection, Pop Memories of the ’60s. No Beatles, Stones, Cream, Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Airplane or Led Zeppelin. Just easy listening goodness. Forget the Xanax. Just rip these discs to your iPod, slap on the earbuds and experience instant bliss.