This is Lumbar Puncture

27 08 2008


I have just wasted another 2 hours of my life.(And am prepared to waste more by writing about it. )

“This is Spinal Tap” is a Rockumental Mockumentary . The movie begins when a guy – moustache growing, slow speaking, boring environment developing and Michael Moore looking – introduces the “rockumentary” and we (obviously) tend to accept him as a harmless documentarian.
The story is a touching tale of how 2 poor friends fight against all odds to become the most successful rock band in history ( NOT! ) . It is in fact actually about how a band’s music gets from bad to worse to worsest(ershire). It chronicles the life of a typical heavy metal band through its many stages – lost popularity , piss off manager, girlfriend politics ( aka figura paatha odana frienda cut pannardu , translated : figure sighting => friend ejection.),groupies, lack of grey cells, further damage of grey cells thanks to drugs, even further damage of grey cells owing to bad music, mysterious deaths ( choking on vomit becoming the order of the day for musicians), miserable punch lines, failed stage antics , jam packed audiences (lol), long antique hair, twisted lyrics, lack of general knowledge and even star status in Japan ( Rajini ishtyle! )etc.

All that apart, the fine line of mockery that runs through the theme of the flick is not lost on the audience. Though subtle, at many points it has quite an impact. If the same film was made as a 90s sitcom, it would’ve had a perpetual laughing machine playing in the background, but the ambience and the literal seriousness portrayed after every funny scene makes you think twice about laughing.
Some parts of the movie that I found interesting :

Nigel (lead Guitarist) shows off his new amps to the mockumentarian ( no pun intended) : ” This one is special because , as you can see, the numbers all go till 11…….means it is 1 louder than the others .”
Mock(kai)mentarian : ” But one can just make the 10 louder” ( and hence make the maximum sound equal the one this can produce)
Nigel: “but this one goes to 11 !” ( Refer Video : Heights of stupidity, the BBC iPlayer has a volume slider that goes from 0 to 11 – True story)
Spinal Tap 11
Also, the fundae about how the succession of drummers have died under odd circumstances : one in a “bizarre gardening accident”; another “choked on vomit,” (although it was never determined whose vomit it was, as “you can’t really dust for vomit”), and a third from apparent spontaneous human combustion onstage, leaving only a small green “globule” on his drum throne (yet another drummeralso spontaneously combusted during the course of the fakumentary).

The movie also has a number of subtle references to the rock and roll scene at the time. Nigel and David , to me, make a duo much like Page and Plant in terms of looks and band member portfolio{ I am wrong according to Wiki !! ( but I can become right ! Alo would know best about this :)} . Yet, David is very much like Plant : his look, his accent, his behaviour etc.
Another allusion can be seen in the song “Big Bottom” by Spinal Tap , very evidently a take off on “Fat bottom girls” by Queen.

My opinion is that Almost Famous is miles better than ” This is Spinal Tap” . But considering the fact that the feel of a documentary was to be given, this was a great effort ( aka well tried) .

Moorumentarian : ” So there actually was a saint by the name of David Hubbins? “
David : ” Yeah. The patron saint of quality footwear .”

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6 responses

27 08 2008
RR

hi
i really like ur writng
not too many call=kai or T.I.M.E=S.P.A.C.E substitutions. Mudd i think u a good writer 😐

lol lit shagger heeheee

28 08 2008
akapfo

manish… you ve done it da.. finally.. i just gotta say this…
you seem to be very pissed off in life… check out all your blogs.. the “mysterious” interviews you screwed up (totally acceptable though)… traffic.. some TOI report you made up.. this movie… another movie.. some fake “surgery” , which you dint go through finally( big surprise)..
i mean.. come on.. critic=”critique”!=being critical(always)
get up every morning and smell the roses man.. see the birds chirping, the trees whistling… where did we lose it all?
ps. who was the girl with the curly hair dancing on stage? 🙂

28 08 2008
muddman

@ Alo : Bloody Hypocrite ! – U r being critical about my writing 🙂 .

N hey… don’t be so pissed off about that Wiki bet man.. its all in the game 🙂

N leetle difficult to find chirping birds and whistling trees on bannerghatta road man.. bloody bangalore .

28 08 2008
Shazz

figura paatha odana frienda cut pannardu“… Hmmm… I was going to be sarcastic and say, ‘i wonder who that refers to?’, but then i noticed that there’s more than one person on the page to whom it might be referring 😛

28 08 2008
RR

wat wiki bet da?

28 08 2008
RR

heh actually i agree with alo da
lols..i do think mud is frust, but like the writers of the beat generation his frust with life will make him ultimate author. he may also become gay

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