31 Spinal Tap Quotes For All Budding Rockers

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American music-loving comedians created the fictitious English heavy metal band, Spinal Tap.              

Michael McKean posed as lead singer and co-lead guitarist, David St. Hubbins, while Christopher Guest was lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel. Harry Shearer was the bassist, Derek Smalls.

McKean, Guest, and Shearer all created and performed original songs for the band. The band Spinal Tap first appeared in a video aired as part of a 1979 sketch comedy special called 'The TV Show' and this eventually led to the creation of a film. Filmmaker Martin "Marty" DiBergi created a documentary following the English rock group Spinal Tap on their 1982 United States concert tour.

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Funny Quotes From Spinal Tap

Quotes from Spinal Tap will make you reflect on heavy metal bands.

These funny Spinal Tap quotes are from 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984) in which they try to revolutionize perceptions of music, especially metal/rock.

1. "This pretentious ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, ‘What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn’t he have rested on that day too?'"

-Marty DiBergi.

2. "May I start by saying how thrilled we are to have you here. We are such fans of your music and all of your records. I’m not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll."

-Lt. Hookstratten.

3. "It’s such a fine line between stupid, and uh…clever"

- David St. Hubbins.

4. "Whether or not he knows the difference between feet and inches is not my problem."

- David St. Hubbins.

5. "Marty DiBergi: Do you feel that playing rock and roll music keeps you a child... that is, keeps you in a state of arrested development?

Derek Smalls: No, no, no. I feel it's like, it's more like going, going to a national park or something, and there's... you know, they preserve the moose. And that's my childhood up there on stage is that moose, you know.

Marty DiBergi: So when you're playing, you feel like a preserved moose onstage?

Derek Smalls: Yeah."

- 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

6. "Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?"

-'This is Spinal Tap'.

7. "Oh, we’ve got a bigger dressing room than the puppets. That’s refreshing."

-David St. Hubbins.

8. "I’m sure I’d feel much worse if I weren’t under such heavy sedation."

- David St. Hubbins.

9. "I think that the problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf. Alright? That tended to understate the hugeness of the object.

-David St. Hubbins.

10. "Would Nigel be happy as a salesman instead of a rock star?

I don’t know. What are the hours?"

- 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

11. "Airport Security Officer: Do you have any artificial plates or limbs?

Derek Smalls: Er, not really. No."

- 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

12. "He was the patron saint of quality footwear."

-David St. Hubbins, on the origin of his last name.

Spinal Tap Movie Quotes

'This is Spinal Tap' is the movie in which the band have been featured. The movie is all about the heavy metal band making an attempt at an American comeback tour in 1982 accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. This results in a documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Spinal Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics. The movie follows a rock group heading towards crisis and the drama along the way. So, here are 'This Is Spinal Tap' quotes (1984).

13. "Have a good time, all the time."

- 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

14. "I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down. I think that the problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf."

- David St. Hubbins.

15. "We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they’re like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They’re two distinct types of visionaries, it’s like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water."

-Derek Smalls.

16. "They’ve earned themselves a distinguished place in rock history as one of Britain’s loudest bands."

-Marty DiBergi.

17. "[When asked what happened to their first drummer.]

David St. Hubbins: He died in a bizarre gardening accident…

Nigel Tufnel: Authorities said… best leave it… unsolved."

-'This is Spinal Tap'.

18. "So when you’re playing you feel like a preserved moose on stage?"

-Marty DiBergi.

19. "In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people... the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing..."

-Nigel Tufnel.

20. "Nigel Tufnel: The sustain, listen to it.

Marty DiBergi: I don't hear anything.

Nigel Tufnel: Well you would though, if it were playing."

- 'This Is Spinal Tap'.

21. "These go to 11."

-Nigel Tufnel.

22. "The review for 'Shark Sandwich' was merely a two word review"

-Marty DiBergi.

23. "None more black"

-'This is Spinal Tap'.

24. "I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn't believe anything."

-David St. Hubbins.

25. "Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been canceled…

David St. Hubbins: What?

Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn’t worry about it though, it’s not a big college town."

-'This is Spinal Tap'.

Quotes About Spinal Tap

Rock n roll quotes from Spinal Tap are funny.

The creation of this satirical band provoked reactions from many. Here are some quotes showing thoughts about the band.

26. "I remember once, years ago, I met Sting, and he told me that he had seen 'Spinal Tap' 50 times. He said: 'Every time I watch it, I don't know whether to laugh or cry.'"

-Rob Reiner.

27. "There are bands that make parodies of being in a band, like Spinal Tap. That's a big influence. They're making fun of a rock band, but they write lyrics that are better than real rock bands."


28. "'Spinal Tap' influenced me, I think, specifically in making me really pay attention to tone."

-Jay Chandrasekhar.

29. "'This is Spinal Tap' was a film we felt really had to be done like that. It wouldn't have worked any other way. And it turned out to be the first time a fiction film had really been made in a documentary format. I continued to do that, obviously, because it's a fun way to work."

-Christopher Guest.

30. "I don't know if you have ever seen the Woody Allen film 'Annie Hall,' but it is, in a way, to Los Angeles and 'Hollywood' what 'This Is Spinal Tap' is to many musicians."

-Henry Rollins.

31. "I would love to do a comedy spoof, like a Spinal Tap kind of thing."

-Matthew McGrory.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Spinal Tap Quotes For All Budding Rockers then why not take a look at 'Almost Famous' quotes, or [Freddie Mercury quotes].


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