Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Spinal Tap - Hellhole

Is there a larger, more important eighties band than Spinal Tap?  Well,  yes, but that does not diminish what David, Nigel and Derek achieved.  They brought their special blend of music to countless audiences and in the process sold dozens of records.

As many readers will know, Spinal Tap started as The Originals (later they changed the name to the New Originals, as there was another Originals) and went through several other names before settling on Spinal Tap.  They then had a period of some success, and although they have had many drummers (at least 19), the core of David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls has remained constant through the years.

For this blog, I have settled on "Hellhole," from their 1982 LP, Smell the Glove.  I know that some fans will regret that I did not consider something off Intravenus de Milo or The Sun Never Sweats, but I wanted to stay on the 1980s theme.

In any event, "Hellhole" does a great job of showcasing the band's strengths -- you can almost smell them.

As a special treat, I am also including "Rock and Roll Nightmare," a great early video from ABC's The TV Show.  This is rare and really interesting.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank anyone reading this.  This post is my 100th on ERV, and I have really enjoyed it.  Please feel free to check out the other 99 videos on the site -- I think we have a bunch of good stuff here.

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So rock on and thanks again for reading.

And by the way, I do know that Spinal Tap is a parody (before someone posts a snarky comment). ;)

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