Spinal Tap

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Harry Shearer: 'To say Trump is "beyond satire" is an admission of defeat'
He went from Spinal Tap to The Simpsons. Now, with his album The Many Moods of Donald Trump, the comic takes aim at America’s ‘encyclopedia salesman’ president

Hadley Freeman

29, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Spinal Tap creators settle lawsuit with Universal Music over copyright dispute
Settlement not disclosed but 2016 lawsuit claiming ‘fraudulent accounting’ initially sought $125m and was increased to $400m

Dominic Rushe in New York

05, Nov, 2019 @9:27 PM

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'Age can be a babe magnet': Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls on why old is gold
After a career with heavy metal gods Spinal Tap – and a battle with addiction to the internet – the bassist is back with a new album reflecting on the ageing process. As his cells degrade, he shares his hard-fought wisdom

Derek Smalls

05, Apr, 2018 @11:59 AM

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Spinal Tap creators aim to 'go to 11' with $400m lawsuit
Harry Shearer joined by fellow band members and director Rob Reiner in claim Vivendi has not fully shared profits

Rob Davies

08, Feb, 2017 @9:11 AM

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Readers recommend playlist: your songs about farm produce
This week a reader has harvested your suggestions and produced a multi-genre playlist including songs from Spinal Tap, Shirehorses and Anton Barbeau


17, Nov, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Christopher Guest on life as a baron and how wife Jamie Lee Curtis picked him out of a magazine
As his new film, Mascots, arrives, the genius behind Spinal Tap talks about sitting in the House of Lords – and dying for five minutes

Xan Brooks

11, Oct, 2016 @5:38 PM

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Google's hooli.xyz Easter egg proves Silicon Valley is tech's own Spinal Tap
The HBO comedy mercilessly lampoons Google. But with its latest announcement, when it buried a reference to the sitcom in a press release, the corporation suggests it is in on the joke – much like the rock world embraced Spinal Tap

David Stubbs

11, Aug, 2015 @5:56 PM

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The 10 best quotable films
… to mark the return of Withnail and I to the big screen. By Kathryn Bromwich

Kathryn Bromwich

26, Sep, 2014 @11:02 AM

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Harry Shearer interview: 'I told them I don't dance – now I prove it nightly'
The Simpsons veteran tells Michael Hogan about his West End debut, playing at Glastonbury – and how all men turn into Mr Burns

Michael Hogan

28, Jun, 2014 @11:03 PM

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Billy Bragg: Kasabian remind us how true Spinal Tap was
The political singer-songwriter has compared the Leicester band's swaggering behaviour to that of the famed rock'n'roll mockumentary stars

Guardian music

10, Jun, 2014 @11:22 AM

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Clip joint: the five best drumming scenes in film
From anger management for Animal to doomed Spinal Tap drummers, here are five great movie drumming moments. Tell us which others you think are a hit

Nick MacWilliam

16, Apr, 2014 @1:15 PM

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How much do you know about Spinal Tap? – quiz

To mark the 30th birthday of landmark rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, Michael Hogan asks how much you know about the guitar gods…

Michael Hogan

23, Feb, 2014 @12:05 AM

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