Spinal Tap: Break Like the Wind

Spinal Tap (officially spelled Spın̈al Tap, spelled with a non-functional umlaut over the letter n — n-diaeresis — and a dotless letter i) is a parody fictional heavy metal band that first appeared on a failed 1979 ABC TV sketch comedy pilot called "The T.V. Show", starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song "Rock and Roll Nightmare", was written by Reiner and the band, and included songwriter/performer Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards. Later the band became the fictional subject of the 1984 rockumentary/​mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The band members are portrayed by Michael McKean (as David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as Derek Smalls). The same trio of actors subsequently reunited as the American folk music revival band The Folksmen in the 2003 mockumentary A Mighty Wind. This is Spinal Tap was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name. In the years since the film was made, the actors who...

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