Thursday, May 14, 2009

THIS IS SPINAL TAP

Well, sort of...and hello, Cleveland…uh…well…um…Washington, D.C!

Yesterday, T.A.H. got to have lunch with the brains behind the movie This Is Spinal Tap. While it remains both a classic and a true original, having created the genre of “mocumentary,” many film fans are more familiar with the follow-ups from its talented and cast such as Best In Show, A Mighty Win, Waiting For Guffman and For Your Consideration.

T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. is a big fan of This Is Spinal Tap, but the editor has to lean toward Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. But, what do we know?

The movie was released in 1984 and it starred three old friends – Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins, who also starred as Lenny in Laverne and Shirley), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls). The three were the guest at Nathans in Georgetown yesterday for the taping of the D.C. Cable Channel’s Q&A Café hosted by Nathans proprietor Carol Ross Joynt.

A full house packed the dining room to hear the three reminisce about various projects and to talk about their current tour “Unwigged and Unplugged.” Not only are the three actors extremely funny, all are also talented musicians.

Every now and then they reunite as Spinal Tap – in 1992 for Break Like the Wind, an album produced in part by T-Bone Burnett. They are conducting a “world tour” this summer comprised of two dates.

We enjoyed the guys and our lunch companion, Jeff Dufour of the D.C. Examiner (the sister paper of the San Francisco Examiner). Here is Dufour’s take on the proceedings.

Here is a brief clip concering LPs and Sir Paul McCartney.
(Photo courtesy of D.C. Examiner)

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