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Your Favourite Spinal Tap moments

Started by kalowski, May 27, 2022, 09:41:30 PM

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It's so rich, I imagine many of us love the tiniest moments.
Such as
"I'm just as God made me, sir"
"I am not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll"
"Better not get too close to you, they'll think I'm part of the band. I am joking, of course."
"I fucked up the timing, I've got no timing, I've got no timing,

Elderly Sumo Prophecy

I just love the idea that they've got a history of drummer explosion.


Partridge level of humour density, it's in almost every line.

"Too much fucking perspective"
"Choked ON vomit"
The discussion of large apes.


Gloriously funny film.
Even the DVD commentary make DVD commentaries worthwhile.

DSH "What happened to that guitar?"
NT "I sent it to Eric Clapton."
DS "He sent it back didn't he?"
NT "Yeah, with a note saying 'this really isn't what I was expecting'."
DSH "Well it's nice that he sent a note."


Terry Ladd : "Yeah listen, we'd love to stand around and chat, but we've gotta, sit down in the lobby and wait for the limo.. "

obvious pick but: what's wrong with being sexy?


Quote from: bgmnts on May 27, 2022, 10:04:30 PMPartridge level of humour density, it's in almost every line.

"Too much fucking perspective"
The whole Gracelands section is perfect.
"It sounds...fuckin barbershop..."
"Hey watch the, watch the language, you're paying homage to the King!"


"No we're not gonna fucking do 'Stone'enge'!"

If we're including deleted scenes, the little bit where David and Nigel are messing around doing the blues song ("Grown men!").


"You're a naughty one, Saucy Jack. You're a haughty one, Saucy Jack."


"I'm not co-managing this band with anyone. Especially not someone who dresses like an Australian's nightmare."

Not that I had any idea about what an Australia's nightmare might entail, it somehow seems such an exact description.


"You go right straight through this door here, down the hall...turn right...and then there's a little jog there, about thirty feet..."
"We don't have time for that."


"Just came to let you all know...Sex Farm has gone to number one, in Japan".
"Spinal Taps recording of Sex Farm?"

I love this little exchange, the idea that another band in this universe, happened to have released a song also entitled Sex Farm.


Nigel laughing at Janine saying 'Dubly'.

"I'm a real fish nut!"

The small bread and Nigel worrying about Marty DiBergi touching his guitars.


"They were still booing him when we came on stage."


Clearly we'll quote the whole movie in the end
"So we became The Originals, and we had to change our name actually...."
"Well there was, there was another group in the East End called The Originals and we had to rename ourselves."
"The New Originals."
"The New Originals and then, uh, they became...."
"The Regulars, they changed their name back to The Regulars and we thought well, we could go back to The Originals but what's the point?"



The Flower People, and the disposable drummers.


When you've loved and lost the way Frank has, then you know what life's about




Marty's little action in the intro, where he goes to fold his arms, then immediately decides against it.

Almost disturbing in just how subtle and well observed it is.


"... anyway this is what I sleep in sometimes"


Backstage Bread Catastrophe.

And I think about the conversation leading up to the line 'Well I don't know, what are the hours?'.


Shit Sandwich.

Still don't know if it's the characters or them cracking up at that.

McChesney Duntz

Nigel's big solo. Beautiful comic escalation.

And I aver that no one can do the slight, bewildered moment of hesitation more hilariously than Christopher Guest. "Well, it's -- one louder -- innit?" And "It's like, how much more black can it be? And the answer is -- well, none. None -- more black." Nigh impossible to transcribe, but I adore it so.

McChesney Duntz

Quote from: up_the_hampipe on May 28, 2022, 12:17:57 AMShit Sandwich.

Still don't know if it's the characters or them cracking up at that.

If I'm not mistaken, they were hearing those "reviews" for the first time while the camera was rolling. So, both, probably.


Nigel:  Don't touch it!  Don't touch it! No!  don't touch it.
Marty:  Well uh I wasn't...uh I wasn't gonna touch it...I was just pointing at it...I....
Nigel:  Well don't point, even.
Marty:  Don't even point?
Nigel:  No.  It can't be played...never...I mean I....
Marty:  Can I look at it?
Nigel:  No.  No you've seen enough of that one..


But the napkin said...
Fuck the napkin!


For me the best guitar bit is where he gets the 1959 sustain guitar:

Nigel: Just listen just just listen a minute. The sustain, listen to it.
Marty: I'm not hearing anything.
Nigel: ... you would, though, if it were playing.

I do and will always respond to even the slightest criticism with "I'm just as God made me, sir".