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Album Review

Since Spinal Tap only existed for the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, the idea that Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer were actually going to release a studio album rather than a soundtrack brought on a tremendous amount of anticipation. The resulting product is Break Like the Wind, a record that, like the 1984 soundtrack, boasts powerful guitar and surprisingly decent vocals, along with some quite silly song themes. Unfortunately, when it comes to satirical bands, one can only hear these kind of songs a certain number of times before they become tedious. Instead of sticking to its roots, the album is also sometimes overshadowed by its celebrity appearances and heavy performances, which make it seem like the players were actually trying to make their listeners think that the album wasn't just a big joke. Break Like the Wind may have not been the comeback everyone was hoping for, but it certainly has enough amusing moments to be worth a listen.

Customer Reviews

Another Great One from England's Loudest Band!

This is the best Spinal Tap since the classic "Shark Sandwich." Enjoy!

Spinal Tap was/is better than most bands!

I'll bet you Spinal Tap made a lot of "real" bands sweat bullets. Here was a group of actors and writers who just happened to play guitar. The result? Clever and origianl songs, excellent playing and a lot more memorable music than 98% of what was made during the 80's and early 90's. If you can find a copy of "The Return Of Spinal Tap" where these same "actors" play live you'll see what I'm talking about. These guys can really play. This is an excellent album and is text book rock. I don't think Spinal Tap took Spinal Tap as a serious band but dammit if they were not.

It smells like Spinal Tap

Although I am disappointed a song from the band's performance at Farm Aid is not included on the album, ST is back on all fours and living large. This album has some excellent anthems and shows the production quality of Graham McFadden (also works with Whitney Houston and Glen Campbell). The band often has expressed that lyrics are overrated, but I think they hit the mark with some of these tunes. Nice job guys, and well worth the cash.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Although originally conceived as the fictional subject of a music documentary, Spinal Tap became a real band -- a parody heavy metal band, to be exact -- following the film's release. The joke began with the release of 1984's This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical Rob Reiner film starring actors Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer. The film, which poked fun at groups like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, cast the comics as members of a wacky, ill-minded '70s band facing a popularity dive in...
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