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This Is Spinal Tap Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, August 29, 2000
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Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence:
1) 'Sex Farm' is often misunderstood as some sort of sexist song drawing puerile analogies between barn animals and women. Tosh! As anyone familiar with the settlement of the North American continent can attest, the Tap are offering an insightful perspective on the objectification of women during the settlement of the American Prairie.
2) 'Big Bottom' is often misunderstood as an even more sexist song based on juvenile delight at sexualised female buttocks. Never. What people fail to understand is that the Tap are issuing a satirical howl of rage at the reification of pseudo-anorexic 'Cosmo Woman', and are instead urging us to consider the beauty of the fuller-figured woman in line with their understanding of the role of the Goddess Image in proto-historical Europe
3) 'Stonehenge' shows the Tap's awareness of broader archaeological issues by serving as an academic historiography of outdated interpretations of the function of British prehistoric sites - play it backwards, and you can hear the academic citations.
4) And 'Rock and Roll Creation' - here the subtlely of Tufnell, Smalls and St. Hubbins is truely revealed through their attempt to offer a syncretisation of Christian sources pre-dating St. Polycarp's letter to the Phillipians with non-Mediterranean creation myths.Read more ›
Technically, you don't have to have seen "This is Spinal Tap" to be amused by the songs, but knowing their context makes them about five times funnier. (Try to listen to "Stonehenge" without seeing that tiny replica being lowered to the stage, or hear "Rock 'N' Roll Creation" without seeing Derek trapped in his pod) If I didn't know better, I would actually think that Spinal Tap was a real band. (For your information, that is not a black cover -- it's a close-up of the black glove. Okay?)
This album brims over with the good-natured "retarded sexuality and bad poetry" that people love. The lyrics range from almost normal to insanely bad. They rhyme "Monday" with "Bun-day" (from "Big Bottom"), to give one example. The good songs are pretty good, and the bad songs are so terrible they're brilliant. They includes such Shakespearean gems as "Getting out my pitch fork/And poking your hay" ("Sex Farm"), "Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow" ("Stonehenge"), and "You know what I want/You know what I need/Or maybe you don't" ("Gimme Some Money").Read more ›
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Amazing album, even after all these years. These guys manage to pull off late 70s style Heavy Metal music with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, making it sound both serious and ridiculous... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bsanderfer
In the past year or two, I've realized how much Tap channels The Moody Blues. That fine line between clever and Cupid.Published 4 months ago by William M. Augusta
I bought a copy of this a couple of years ago and gave it to a friend. I like it so much I decided to buy it again for myself. Funny and very entertaining... great music!Published 4 months ago by r.drew
I Have Become to realize I i'm in a Cult & I'm LOVING it...Ooops Oo & I'm becoming just like them.
it could happen to you tooo. Read more
This music actually can pass mustard as legitimate rock n roll. The satire is a bonus.Published 9 months ago by Jersey Jon
If you are considering buying this album as an mp3 digital download, beware that the product being peddled on Amazon.com is only in 256kbps quality. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Reader
I'm a big fan of the Rockumentary so I enjoy it. This has indeed become one of my favorite albums. If you haven't seen the film, don't understand the 80's metal culture, or don't... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William Naaden