Spinal Tap: Back from the Dead
You may wonder how a band that never really existed in the first place can have a reunion tour. But answering that would mean opening up a Pandora's box of mind-bending postmodern dilemmas, like "can a fictional band featured in a mockumentary become "real" if the actors who portrayed the band members actually play the songs from the film in front of paying audiences?" Which is of course exactly what happened in 1992, when Spinal Tap released an album of songs not featured in This is Spinal Tap called Break Like the Wind, and toured in support of it. (You can listen to the title track here.)
At this point, any questions of Spinal Tap's authenticity are moot -- its members, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, are all talented musicians in their own right, and their upcoming reunion tour is anything but fake: they've sold out the legendary Glastonbury Festival on June 25, and their new album, Back from the Dead, drops on June 16th. It includes new songs as well as a number of "reinterpretations" of Spinal Tap classics, as well as the title track from David St. Hubbins' long-discussed but unfinished musical about Jack the Ripper, Saucy Jack, which you can download here. In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the Tap hits that will be making a reappearance on the new album, albeit in reinterpreted form.
Tonight I'm Gonna Rock it Tonight
Sex Farm appears on the new album as "(Funky) Sex Farm" -- this video appears to be a preview of what that'll sound like, from a recent unplugged/unwigged live performance:
Rock and Roll Creation
Gimme Some Money, from the pre-Tap incarnation "The Thamesmen." I think that's Ed Begley, Jr. on drums.
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