"Spinal Tap" (more accurately spelled "Spın̈al Tap") is a mostly fictional heavy metal band best known from the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary ''This Is Spinal Tap''. The band members are portrayed by Michael McKean (as "David St. Hubbins"), Christopher Guest (as "Nigel Tufnel") and Harry Shearer (as "Derek Smalls"); they first appeared in a 1978 ABC comedy special, ''The TV Show''.
The band is "mostly fictional" in the sense that its primary members have always been actors parodying heavy metal stereotypes, yet by playing concerts and releasing albums, they've blurred the line between fact and fiction. The film was accompanied by an album of the same name. The songs on the album include: "Big Bottom","Hell Hole" and "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight".
Fans of Spinal Tap have assembled the "mostly fictional" details about the band based on the film, albums, concerts and related promotional material. This includes a list of the band's former members and a discography (below) compiled by Chip Rowe, webmaster of the Spinal Tap Fan Site at spinaltapfan.com.
Spinal Tap has had a succession of drummers, all of whom have died under odd circumstances: one in a "bizar...
|years active||1964-present (1982-present)|
|music genre||Heavy metal music|
|current members|| Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest)|
David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean)
Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer)