Time flies when you realize it has been thirty-three years since the mockumentary classic This is Spinal Tap premiered in 1984. Just think about it, we have been saying the phrase, “turn it up to 11” for well over a quarter of a century. It has been reported that Harry Shearer, the one who played Derek Smalls is recording his debut solo album, Smalls Change (unconfirmed).
Shearer described the album to GQ saying it will, “shed light on the travails of partying hard in one’s twilight years.” The album will include a handful of guest musicians such as Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, and Steve Vai. Songs on his album will include “Memo to Willie,” a track about erectile dysfunction, “MRI,” and “It Don’t Get Old,” a song about the decaying pleasures of life on the road. Shearer is expecting the album to release sometime this year. We hope this album will make him feel a little bit better than “lukewarm water.”
“We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they’re like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They’re two distinct types of visionaries, it’s like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water.” – Derek Smalls
Given how little money Spinal Tap has netted it’s creators, it’s about time that someone in that camp starts making money from it.