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Spinal Tap to Reunite for Live Earth 213

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the tap-into-tomorrow dept.
Maximum Prophet noted that one of the most influential and loud rock bands in the history of music is coming back together to perform at Live Earth this summer. Yes, that's right Tap is Back. The article has some good news (a new single is coming) and some bad news... apparently Derek is in rehab for addiction to the Internet. Best wishes to him on his recovery- I'm sure it won't impact the performance... if Spinal Tap is anything, they are a band.
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Spinal Tap to Reunite for Live Earth

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  • Always been confused over this. Is Spinal Tap a real band, or just a movie made band that parodies the rock industry. Thought it was the latter, but people talk about it so passionately as if it was a real band.
    • by multipartmixed (163409) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:00AM (#18869767) Homepage
      That's because their music goes all the way to eleven!
      • by Mister Whirly (964219) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @11:20AM (#18870935) Homepage
        Wow, after all this time my sig is finally relevant!!
      • by Keebler71 (520908) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @11:21AM (#18870963) Journal
        Nigel Tufnel: This is a top post, it's very, very special, because, if you can see...

        Marty DiBergi: Yeah...

        Nigel Tufnel: [pointing to the moderation] ...the numbers all go to six. Look, right across the board: six, six, six, six,..

        Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most scoring systems go up to five?

        Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

        Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's funnier? Is that any more funny?

        Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one funnier, isn't it? It's not five. You see, most... most blokes, you know, will be joking at five. You're on five here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up... you're on five on slashdot. Where can you go from there? Where?

        Marty DiBergi: I don't know...

        Nigel Tufnel: ...nowhere! Exactly! What we do is if we need that extra... push over the cliff, you know what we do?

        Marty DiBergi: Mod it up to six.

        Nigel Tufnel: ...six. Exactly. One higher.

        Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make five funnier, and make five be the top... number, and make that a little funnier?

        Nigel Tufnel: [pause, blank look and snapping chewing gum] This goes to six.

    • Re:Spinal Tap (Score:4, Insightful)

      by qwijibo (101731) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:01AM (#18869783)
      The music industry is a caricature of itself, so why shouldn't Spinal Tap be both?
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by cayenne8 (626475)
        "The music industry is a caricature of itself, so why shouldn't Spinal Tap be both?"

        No doubt!!

        Funny...I'd not even heard of this Live Earth concert till this article. I went to the website to look at the bands, wow...not much to see except the Police really. I guess Madonna and the Peppers still put on a good show, but, really, the music industry has really killed music.

        Look at the HUGE names for the original Live Aid, heck, look at the bands that were fairly newcommers that became huge (U2 for instanc

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      So every star wars fan you've met prefixes every implausible sentence with "in the fictional star wars universe," ?

      Just sayin'.
    • It's an extremely well done parody of the rock and roll life style.
    • Re:Spinal Tap (Score:4, Informative)

      by Ctrl+Alt+De1337 (837964) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:03AM (#18869831) Homepage
      Spinal Tap did not exist before the movie. Due to the popularity of the movie, the actors who portrayed Spinal Tap actually went on tours and released albums. Because the members are actors, they do not remain together touring and recording albums, but they get together from time to time for things like this.
      • Re:Spinal Tap (Score:5, Informative)

        by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:25AM (#18870185) Homepage Journal
        Additionally, Tap fans often join in on the joke by reporting on and discussing the band's doings as though it were all real, as the submitter did here.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by dfghjk (711126)
        The actors learned their instruments and performed their own music. In order to do that they performed as a actual band quite a bit before the making of the movie and continue to do that from time to time.
        • Re:Spinal Tap (Score:5, Informative)

          by MsGeek (162936) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @12:39PM (#18872021) Homepage Journal
          And the fact of the matter is that they aren't bad musicians at all. Like many in comedy they all had backgrounds in music before Tap. It used to be that some sort of musical ability was a prerequisite for being a comedian. Vaudeville sort of made that a part of being a theatrical comedian. It's not really as wedded to comedy anymore -- I think that Andy Kaufman was the last person to call himself a "song and dance man" -- but it's in the DNA.

          Same with animators. Max and Dave Fleischer created a very unique system at their studio where the animators had to know how to read music to time out cartoons. At the very least, they had to know how to read rhythms. The Fleischers had a radically different system than any other studio, and only Tezuka Osamu really copied their methods. However, because Tezuka Osamu copied the Fleischer system, a lot of animation made for domestic consumption in Japan has the seiyuu laying on their voice performances after everything else is done, and x-sheets containing rhythmic notation of some sort or another. The American/Canadian/European system that started at Disney had the soundtrack recording go first and everything else being animated to that "track." When the Japanese did overseas services for studios like Hanna-Barbera in the '60s and '70s they used the "track goes first" system. From what I understand, in modern Japan, whether they animate to the track or not is a personal decision of the production company. Some studios do, some don't.

          Anyway what I was getting at is that there are a lot of animators who are also musicians. Some are just people who play music for fun, some are really, really good at it, for example Jim Smith who helped create Ren & Stimpy and whose guitar playing can be heard at the beginning and end of every episode. Being funny and being musical seems to be connected somehow.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by owlnation (858981)

        Because the members are actors, they do not remain together touring and recording albums, but they get together from time to time for things like this.
        Almost, but not quite. They do work together regularly as part of a large ensemble, just not as Spinal Tap. See for example: "The Mighty Wind", "Best In Show", "Waiting for Guffman", and recently "For Your Consideration"
      • Actually... (Score:5, Informative)

        by Anonymous Meoward (665631) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @11:24AM (#18871035)

        Spinal Tap did not exist before the movie.

        I beg to differ. When I was a wee lad (and allowed to stay up late), I remember watching a special (read: pilot) that Rob Reiner put together called "The TV Show" in the late 1970s (on ABC-TV I think). It was basically skits that parodied TV (much like "Robot Chicken", though horribly dated of course).

        The skits included a telethon ("Stop Death During Our Lifetime!"), a commercial for the chemical company Proto-Chem (with CEO Tom Proto-Chem no less), a send-up of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (the prey of the intrepid crew that week was "the white collar worker"), and.. Spinal Tap.

        I was too young to do any drugs, so I know I wasn't hallucinating. Anyone else see this too?

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          >Anyone else see this too?
          No but you're correct - that's where they started.

          Did I mention I've got a Spinal Tap glow-in-the-dark plectrum? :-)
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          And Rob Reiner was a member of "The Commitee", which included Howard Hessman. Howard and other commitee members were on "WKRP in Cincinnati" which just release it's first season on DVD. (With some/all of the orginal music replace because of licensing issue. bleck) Howard was also in "Spinal Tap"
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by saboola (655522)
      Most Live Earth performances only go to 10pm, but I hear this one is going to 11. Wakka Wakka Wakka.
    • What's your definition of "real?"
      • by Basehart (633304)
        That's a toughie.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Intron (870560)
        Only things that can be verified clearly, scientifically and uncontroversially like WMDs, global warming, AIDS caused by HIV, etc.
      • What's your definition of "real?"
        The union of the rationals and irrationals? Everything else is purely imaginary.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by MushMouth (5650)
        Unlike the bands in the subject Spinal Tap wrote their and played their own songs. They are also used in a VW Ad (Nigel does a solo from the top of a Jetta, the ad was most likely directed by the 5th Baron Haden-Guest [wikipedia.org], who is somehow related to Tufnel. I think they were school mates in Squatney) and GSM by the Themesmen (Tap with Joe 'Stumpy' Pepys on drums) can be heard in a Schwab ad.
    • Now, if the Rutles got back together that would be big news.
    • If only there was a "-1, Bonehead" mod....
      • I've never seen the movie before. But from the pics I've seen I know one of the guys is an actor. So I always thought it was just some movie band. Then I heard they released a couple albums. Did the actors really sing and perform the music? If so then they are a real band, kinda like how the Blues Brothers started as a film thing, and budded into a modest music career. Just confused over what is true or not. I'll have to rent the movie this weekend.
        • by mad.frog (525085)
          I'm feeling very old, since I saw it in the theatre when it was first released... but I guess that was, what, 25 years ago?

          Yes, Blues Brothers is a good analogy.

          Very very very funny movie. Go rent it now. Learn, grasshopper.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      They write their own songs, play their own instruments, record albums, and go on tour. They're a real band with a fake history.

      bkd
    • Re:Spinal Tap (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Ngarrang (1023425) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @12:59PM (#18872279) Journal

      Always been confused over this. Is Spinal Tap a real band, or just a movie made band that parodies the rock industry. Thought it was the latter, but people talk about it so passionately as if it was a real band.
      As real as The Monkeys, The Spice Girls, every boy band since 1990 and Vanilla Ice.
  • Great news. (Score:5, Funny)

    by EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:01AM (#18869785)
    I'm hoping their amps can now go up to 12 instead of 11, due to advances in sound and rock technology since their last tour.
    • > I'm hoping their amps can now go up to 12 instead of 11

      Question: if sound amplification technology had progressed at the same rate as chip speeds have since 1984 (when ST last played) what volume number would be required on their *new* amps to get the same sound level as 11 did back in 1984 ?
      • >have since 1984 (when ST last played)
        They've played quite a few times since then. Did the Albert Hall in London a few years back. Missd out on the tickets - they sold out real fast.
        There's a second ST movie which most people seem to miss. Got it on laserdisc.
      • by Pope (17780)
        Spinal Tap have most assuredly played live after 1984!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by MrNougat (927651)

      I'm hoping their amps can now go up to 12 instead of 11, due to advances in sound and rock technology since their last tour.


      Silly, they'll just make eleven louder, and keep eleven as the top number. Sheesh.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Hoi Polloi (522990)
      In honor of Live Earth they will be using eco-friendly solar powered guitars and lighting. They go on stage at 8pm.
  • by tinrobot (314936) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:07AM (#18869877)
    The subsequent release of carbon would be detrimental to the planet.
  • Vomit (Score:4, Funny)

    by Philotic (957984) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:07AM (#18869885)
    "The official cause of death is he died of choking on CO2 emissions. It wasn't his own CO2 emissions. He choked on somebody else's CO2 emissions."
  • Heh. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Black Parrot (19622) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:09AM (#18869919)

    and some bad news... apparently Derek is in rehab for addiction to the Internet.
    He's probably reading about himself on Slashdot right now...
  • by Zaphenath (980370) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:10AM (#18869929)
    As much as I look forward to the new single, nothing will ever take the place in my heart reserved for the song "Lick My Love Pump." Hopefully it will get more than just a two word review.

    What this really has to do with Slashdot is t-shirt color. How much more black can our t-shirts be? And the answer is none. None more black.
  • by Ageing Metalhead (586837) on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:14AM (#18869999)
    Advertisement as expected on Craigslist!
  • Best line (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Baby, you're too young
    And I'm too well hung
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by dfghjk (711126)
      You're sweet but you're just four feet
      And you still got your baby teeth
  • by ptomblin (1378) <ptomblin@xcski.com> on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:22AM (#18870127) Homepage Journal
    When is "Disaster Area" going to be touring this end of the galaxy again?
  • by goodEvans (112958) <.ei.atnaltaria. .ta. .snaved.> on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:23AM (#18870143) Homepage
    I for one would like to distance myself from the original poster's comments regarding Derek's current stint in rehab. Wishing him well on a website is tantamount to buying a round of drinks and saying "cheers" to congratulate a recovering alcoholic.

    Derek, if you are reading this, step away from the computer you weak-willed fool.

    Sick, sick, sick.
  • by fahrvergnugen (228539) <fahrv AT hotmail DOT com> on Wednesday April 25, 2007 @10:40AM (#18870379) Homepage
    If you've never watched the DVD with the commentary track on, I highly recommend you do so. It's like getting the film for the first time all over again. The band watches the film in character, and comments on it from their perspective 20 years later. They spend the whole time bitching about what a horrible hatchet job Reiner did on them. "29 shows out of 30 those pods open just fine, but which one makes it into the film? I ask you."

    Great stuff.
  • I hope after this reunion show, that we loyal fans of all things rocking will see the Clash of the Titans as the almighty Tap (the loudest band on earth) tours with Tenacious D [tenaciousd.com](the greatest band on earth). Imagine the non-stop rocking!
  • Extra Long Box! (Score:2, Informative)

    by SuperEdo (1093171)
    Does no one remember this?:

    "Environmental concerns of unnecessary cardboard waste from artists and consumers alike created controversy over continued use of longboxes. Musicians like David Byrne would incude a sticker over the packaging of his albums reading ""THIS IS GARBAGE", referring to the excessive material use of the longbox form. The satirical band Spinal Tap's 1992 studio album Break Like the Wind was sold in an "extra-long box" (an 18-inch longbox) -- a deliberate parody of the prevailing longbo

  • But will the Folksmen open for Spinal Tap?
  • So let me get this straight, are they playing before or after Puppet Show?
  • ... this story needs more cowbell.

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