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Spın̈al Tap is the name of a fictional English / 80s band, created for the 1984 rockumentary film This Is Spın̈al Tap. However, due to the success of the film, the band went on to record and release three albums.

The band is a strong satire of the 70s and 80s genre and scene, and their music reflects that, with blaring guitars, high vocals, and ridiculous lyrical themes, all of which take the stereotypes of the genre and exaggerate them to comedic extremes.

The first album of the band was a collection of songs made for the film, many of which were featured in the film itself. Their second album (Break Like The Wind) followed many years later, but was greeted with less enthusiasm, partially because people simply weren’t interested in the band beyond their characters in the film, and partially because the heavy metal scene had already been killed by grunge by the time of the album’s release. A third album, Back From the Dead, was released in 2009.

All three members of the band have continued to pursue their separate careers in film and television.

The first album (This Is Spinal Tap) has a pure black cover, in reference to the movie, in which their latest album is forced to have a pure black cover (“none more black”). However, in the movie, the album is called “Smell the Glove,” not “This is Spinal Tap.”


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