Rock on Film

True Rock and Roll Genius Revisited

I just picked up the classic This Is Spinal Tap (Special Edition) on DVD for 10 bucks Canadian and reveled once again in the music of the boys from Squatney. The brilliance in this film is that it is played completely seriously as if Spinal Tap was a legitimate rock and roll band. There are legendary tales of people thinking that it was in fact a documentary of an actual band and apparently, Iron Maiden felt that it was a direct attack on them!
After enjoying Spinal Tap I had to get out the only other film that could possibly compete. The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash is a brilliant parody of The Beatles with a soundtrack that is not only brilliant but contains songs that can almost stand up to those of the masters themselves. Even if you are not a Monty Python fan you will no doubt agree that with The Rutles, Eric Idle helped to create a masterpiece of rock and roll parody.
Rock and Roll is as much a farce as it is an art form and these two films are both. Highly recommended.