Tag Archives: Spinal Tap

Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) streaming new song “Must Crush Barbie”

Posted by on September 18, 2023

  Derek Smalls, the iconic bassist formerly of Spinal Tap, has returned with a new single titled “Must Crush Barbie” via Bottomland Productions/Immortal Records. This doll-smashing track aims at the pink and fluffy cultural phenomenon from the popular 2023 film Barbie. Known for their raw, bass-heavy, and loud sound, Derek Smalls and Spinal Tap offer […]

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Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell has passed away

Posted by on May 2, 2022

  Rick Parnell, who portrayed Mick Shrimpton, the drummer of Spinal Tap, in the classic mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap, has passed away. He was 70-years-old. Parnell played in bands such as Atomic Rooster in the early seventies. He also played drums for Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek, who issued the below statement, yesterday (1st) on […]

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Watch Spinal Tap reunite for 35th anniversary

Posted by on May 1, 2019

Last year, it was revealed that this year’s Tribeca Film festival would turn up to 11 by screening This Is Spinal Tap for its 35th anniversary. The volume did turn up to 11 this past Saturday (27th) as the fictional band reunited for the first time in over a decade to perform a special acoustic […]

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2019 Tribeca Film Festival plans to turn it up to 11 with ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ screening

Posted by on November 21, 2018

The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival are set to turn the event up to 11 as This Is Spinal Tap will be screened in celebration of the classic film’s 35th anniversary. The festival is scheduled to run from April 24th through May 5th. In addition to the screening, we will see a Spinal Tap reunion as […]

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Remember When: Spinal Tap confronted Metallica about a certain album cover?

Posted by on February 13, 2017

It’s not that often when metal creeps its way into mainstream pop culture. So when metal/hard rock acts do actually pop up in beloved sitcoms, dramatic films, cartoons or even reality series, it’s kind of awesome. So in the weekly column Remember When, Metal Insider recalls the most random instances of metal’s elite appearing in front […]

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This is Spinal Trump; some genius synced Trump with Tufnel

Posted by on January 27, 2017

Whether you’re for or against Donald Trump, you’ve got to admit that he’s very braggadocious, perhaps moreso than someone that’s been at his job for just one week. He’s still obsessed enough with his inauguration attendance to double down in an interview with ABC News earlier this week that it was the biggest inauguration in […]

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Harry Shearer: This is Spinal Tap…’s lawsuit

Posted by on October 18, 2016

1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap is required viewing for anyone in a band. The Rob Reiner-directed film about the waning days of a hapless heavy metal band is hysterical and much of it still holds true today. The film’s stars, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean co-created the film and also wrote and played […]

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Iron Maiden on bass clarinet is still Iron Maiden

Posted by on October 30, 2015

[youtube]https://youtu.be/hkyoivS7vpo[/youtube] Get your Halloween weekend kicked off with this haunting cover of the Iron Maiden classic, “Hallowed Be Thy Name” featuring the most badass bass clarinet quartet on the planet,Edmund Welles, fronted by a guy dressed like Raiden (or the guy from ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ depending on who you ask). There you have it. Something […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 10: Heaviest SNL Musical Guests

Posted by on February 15, 2015

Since launching in 1975, Saturday Night Live has become a mainstay for comedy. And while the live TV sketch show is renowned for its timely and sometimes politically incorrect satire, it’s also been revered for its musical performances from rising stars and music legends. Granted, SNL’s music guest often lean towards more mainstream acts, but […]

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Metal Insider’s top 5: bands with extra musicians

Posted by on November 17, 2014

When you think of your classic band lineup, it’s usually a four-piece, maybe a five piece. Generally one or two guitars, a bassist, a drummer and a singer. Sure, sometimes a little something extra gets in the mix, like a keyboard player, DJ or another vocalist. but for the most part, that’s pretty much the […]

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