This is Spinal Tap
Which brings us to number 11, the ultimate - if you will - rockumentary, 1984's This is Spinal Tap. A satirical look at the crazy lifestyle of heavy metal bands, the murky compromises made behind the music biz scenes, the film deals with the way such groups go about their business.
The movie covers a fictional tour in which British band Spinal Tap is busy promoting its new album, Smell the Glove. Predictably stupid, the band take part in various interviews and fall flat on their face as they try to be taken seriously.
Featuring drummers that keep getting killed along the way and the famous amplifier that turns up to 11, Spinal Tap lives on today as probably the most memorable rock film of all time. Certainly the funniest.
With much of the flick improvised by the cast, the three main stars were credited as writers too and the film was even inducted into the US National Film Registry after it was seen as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress.
If rock isn't your thing, then you may see some familiar faces amid the Folksmen of A Mighty Wind. ®
Reg Rating 111%
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Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Nill Nighy, Jimmy Nail, Phil Daniels, Bruce Robinson, about an aging rock band, getting together for one more gig.
And whilst not exactly about a band, Wayne's World is a love letter to Rock and Roll, and Wayne's World 2 shamelessly taking Danny The Dealer from Bruce Robinson's Withnail and making him a roadie. Classic.
Another Glaring Omission
Anvil: The Story Of Anvil
You start off thinking it is all bit of a joke as the 50 something members of the legendary 80's heavy metal band are shown delivering meals to school kids and other dreary day jobs while keeping the dream alive on the weekends, still trying to get that "big break" and reclaim their former glory.
Think a rock and roll version of "The Wrestler", only with real blokes .
By the end of the movie you are rooting for them to make it!
A true masterpiece.
Anvil! The Story of Anvil http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1157605/
Superb documentary. Could have been Spinal Tap lite but instead is genuinely fascinating. You really feel something for the band.