Before Flight of the Conchords and The Lonely Island were recording hilarious parody songs, there was Spinal Tap. The spoof metal band headed up the 1984 This is Spinal Tap mockumentary and vaulted into the spotlight with a couple of classic albums, including songs like "Stonehenge" and "Gimme Some Money."
And now, Spinal Tap is back! Close to the 25th anniversary of the movie, Harry Shearer told the BBC that the band — which includes him, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean — will be heading back into the studio to record some new material. They'll record a version of the song they performed at Live Earth (the awesomely titled "Warm as Hell") plus some new material. Shearer suggested there's a "Gimme Some More Money" in the works, though it's obviously hard to tell if that's a joke. They're also planning a Summer acoustic tour called "Unwigged, Unplugged, and Undead." Seriously, I don't think I could love them more.
Recently, the actors — or rather, their heavy metal alter egos — sat down with Vanity Fair to talk about the highs and lows of the past 25 years. It's a pretty great read, in which they peg the age of their average fan as somewhere between 50 and 70 and say they haven't had to worry about becoming irrelevant because they were never relevant in the first place. But for me, Spinal Tap is all about the music. To check out some of the band's greatest hits, just read more.