Music: Spinal Tap

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Mr. Bonzai



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And you began cleaning toilets at the studio before you began working with Bruce Swedien.

Cherney: Yes, and I remember my first promotion was a brush.

Some Last Thoughts From Tap

What is the true source of all of the angst, the sturm und drang of the band?

Tufnel: I don't know what you're talking about.

St. Hubbins: He's talking about what we're so pissed off about. We're not really. It's aggression, but it's a theatrical aggression, really. I'm a fairly happy bloke myself. These two? Who cares! I don't really have an aggressive bone in my body.

Smalls: Or any other kind.

St. Hubbins: No aggressive organ. I think it's mostly a pose. It's what works. If we were doing “Singing in the Rain,” it would be less aggressive.

Tufnel: You don't see happy-go-lucky rockers usually, do you? It doesn't fit the image. You like to see a scowl.

Smalls: A lot of black.

St. Hubbins: Buddy Holly would be the last one to be having a good time. Our style of music — you gotta be a bit aggressive. Don't look for the real sturm or the real drang. You'll be disappointed.

Tufnel: Occasionally, it even happens in classical music. Segovia had that: “What the f*** are you doin'?” Rare for a classical guitarist, but he was just in everyone's face.

St. Hubbins: For a couple of years there he would smash the guitar at the end of the act.

Tufnel: Yeah, beautiful guitars.

St. Hubbins: Cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and he'd smash them on the stage.

Tufnel: And then he'd say, “What are you lookin' at? What the f*** are you lookin' at?” People would just back off, ya know? And he was a small guy, an old man, eventually.

St. Hubbins: Always. He was born at the age of 47.

Smalls: Don't mess with Segovia.

St. Hubbins: No, don't screw with Segovia.

Smalls: Give him a wide berth.

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