Comp albums by the world’s most popular musical act are nothing new, exciting, and / or controversial, but double, colored LPs are a horse of a different color. While going to school up in Ventura, CA some years back, a record store, whose name I cannot recall, went out of business and was celebrating with a storewide ½ off sale. Among some German Simon & Garfunkel, clear vinyl Drive Like Jehu, original pressings of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, I acquired both this, 1978’s 1962 – 1966, and the blue vinyl sibling, 1967 – 1970 for $10 each. They had a Spinal Tap picture disc displayed on the wall… I wish I’d gotten that guy too. Anyway, there is a time and place for compilation albums. I’ve yet to find that hour and location, but I’m sure they exist.
This South Korean version of GNR’s classic, Appetite for Destruction, features a PG-13 variant cover of the Robert Williams painting of the same name. The original, and banned, or discontinued cover was deemed offensive by some in South Korea, enough to warrant the GNR logo to be slapped over the questionable portion of the art.
With such precautions taking place in South Korea, one can only imagine the North Korean version would look identical to Spinal Tap’s Smell the Glove.
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Forget for a moment that This is Spinal Tap set the groundwork for the Mocumentary genre. Forget that the painfully hilarious string of films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind were helmed by the great guitarist, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest). What needs to be remembered, or rather, never forgotten, is that Nigel (Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) wrote, composed, and produced this dark, eminent, Hard Rocker. Given this remarkable wisdom, a profound question arises: It’s like, how much more black could this be? The answer: None. None more black.
Talk about bum cakes, my girl’s got ’em!
This is Spinal Tap acts as a sort of “Greatest Hits” album, spanning from the band’s early British Rock days, Gimme Some Money, drudging through their brief psychedelic phase (Listen to the) Flower People, and leaning heavily on their more recent, epic-Hard Rock phase Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight, Rock and Roll Creation, Heavy Duty, and of course, the alluring Stonehenge. This genre-bending, zucchini-in-tin-foil-wrapping, cold-sore-getting, drummer-losing, airplane-hanger-playing, kickass-rock-and-roll band bet the (sex) farm on this album, and it paid off. Regardless of the genre, Spinal Tap give a perfect 11 on each and every song they record.
For those times when you’re in the mood to get rocked, Stonehenge-rocked like Stonehenge, Spinal Tap are your rock-and-roll saviors.
BTW, If anybody finds a decently priced LP of Intravenus de Milo, shoot me a line.