I may have mentioned this story here before, I tell it every time the topic of Spinal Tap comes up.
It’s the early 90’s, and I am having a water cooler discussion (remember those) with a co-worker about who is telling me about the previous night’s “Tonight Show”.
Him: The band Spinal Tap was on it
Me: I love Spinal Tap! Sorry I missed it.
Him: I had never heard of them
Me: You’ve never seen the movie? I think you would really like it.
Him: Uh, I don’t think so. Last night they said the director did a real hatchet job on them
Me: They aren’t really a band…
Him: Yes they are, they played a couple of songs
Me: well, yeah they actually can play, but its a fictitious band for the movie…
Him: No, the movie is a documentary
Me: It’s a parody of a documentary , the guitarist is Christopher Guess from SNL, the singer is Lenny from Laverne and Shirley
It went back and forth like this for a while. While the mockumentary is a well established genre now, at the time he just couldn’t wrap his head around the concept. (and he was a guy who actually had a good sense of humor, IMO)
I swear I thought I was only remaining Spinal Tap fan.
I saw them in concert, live, twice. Once as Spinal Tap, once as the actors, billed as “Unwigged and Unplugged”. They even did a Q&A with the audience. It was great both times.
Almost entirely unrelated: I was at a forest preserve this spring that had (I think) dry-erase signs for events/rented shelters, and someone brought a marker and wrote
on one. It was amazing. I’m still sorry I didn’t take a picture.