Hello there Tapperinos! Aunt Platy here taking a break from level 41 to talk about music from The Simpsons. It’s been a while since my last installment from this series. We were all busy with the Easter event and new levels and now that things are slowing down I’m going back to this musical themed post relating to the TV show that inspired this life ruiningly fun game with one of my favorite bands of all time: Spinal Tap!
Some of you in the older crowd may remember the episode featuring Spinal Tap as guest stars. For those unfamiliar with this musical phenomenon, here is the Wikipedia description:
|Origin||United States, United Kingdom (fictional)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, pop metal, hard rock, comedy rock, psychedelic rock|
|Years active||1964-1984, 1992, 2001, 2007, 2009–present|
|Labels||Polymer, Megaphone, MCA|
|Associated acts||The Folksmen|
|Members||David St. Hubbins|
“Caucasian” Jeffery Vanston
|Past members||See: Former members|
Spinal Tap (stylized as Spın̈al Tap, with a dotless letter i and a metal umlaut over the n) is a parody heavy metal band that first appeared on a failed 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song “Rock and Roll Nightmare”, was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter/performer Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/mockumentary film 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).
This Is Spinal Tap was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name. In the years following the film’s release, the actors have portrayed the band members at concerts and released music under the Spinal Tap name. Guest, McKean, and Shearer toured in the United States in April and May 2009 and performed as Spinal Tap in a “One Night Only World Tour” on 30 June 2009 at Wembley Arena in London, three days after playing the Glastonbury Festival. Support at Wembley Arena came from the same trio’s fictitious folk music band The Folksmen.
I know what you’re thinking: ”O-M-G! Harry Shearer who makes all these voices in The Simpsons is also a member of Spinal Tap?!”
Well yes. Yes he is! That’s what makes this guest star appearance so special. It was season 3 episode 22 called: The Otto Show. This episode starts with Bart going to his first rock concert along with Milhouse and things get out of hand when Snake and Otto start to riot! Bart is really impressed with how cool heavy metal is and decides he wants to become a guitar player. Otto who just lost his job as Springfield Elementary’s school bus driver moves in with the family and teaches Bart a few things on the guitar.
I was looking for a clip of Spinal Tap on The Simpsons on YouTube to add on here and couldn’t find anything so I actually edited and uploaded one myself on my secondary channel where I post music from local Montreal bands. The other 2 clips were posted to YouTube by other people. I hope you enjoy these segments and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section. We love to know what’s on your mind.