This is Spinal Tap
Directed by Rob Reiner
Previously on The List we had one of the first mockumentaries, Real Life. I was impressed that it was the creator of the genre, but the humor didn't hold up particularly well. This time the concept improved greatly and the film still managed to be funny thirty years later.
This fake documentary follows the faux band Spinal Tap during their concert tour. The band must deal with low ticket sales, botched set designs, an endless succession of drummers, and other problems that exceedingly pretentious 80s rock bands face.
I am becoming more and more familiar with heavy metal as I continue to work my way through the 1001 album list. Because of this, I was able to appreciate the parody a lot more than I would have five years ago. Rob Reiner really nailed this and it was refreshing to see someone not take music so seriously. I wish people would do that more (and subsequently not yell at me on my album blog as much).
Many people initially believed that this was an actual documentary, including Ozzy Osbourne.