This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Although it is not a prerequisite, to be a great fictional rock band you need an elaborate past, which is what we learn from what is considered to be (and lets face it is) the greatest mockumentaries of all time. Documented by longtime Spinal Tap fan by longtime fan and fake director, Mary DiBergi (Rob Reiner), we follow the band after they released their latest album and corresponding American Tour. We get flashbacks of the band’s history when David St. Hubbins (formerly of the Creatures) and Nigel Tufnel (formerly of the Lovely Lads) joined to create the Originals, only to rename themselves the New Originals upon learning that there already was a band called the Originals. They would undergo a series of name changes including, all while going personnel changes:
The Doppel Gang
The Mud Below
The Tufnel-St. Hubbins Group
They would finally settle on Spinal Tap and add Derek Smalls (formerly of Teddy Noisem Skaface and Milage). They would perpetually go through drummers as they would seem to leave (or perish) for whatever reason or another but they would emerge as one of the top Hard Rock acts of the 70’s, though when we saw them in the mockumentary they were clearly in a down period.
A fairly good backstory, especially considering that we do witness the band’s musical evolution, which was one more detailed than 99 percent of the real bands out there.The three comedic actors, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest went all out with the personas (many people actually thought this was a real band) and they appeared in Greatest Hits commercials, magazines and on Saturday Night Live. While they had success, they were not recognizable enough so when the band made appearances, most people who had seen them before in other roles did not automatically recognize them. Shearer, McKean and Guest were more than adequate musicians, and when they performed, they did as well as many of the other acts that were on tour.
Spinal Tap would go on to put out more albums, go on more tours and no matter how many other roles they would have, this is likely to be the favorite for all of their fans.
We are very excited to welcome Spinal Tap to the inaugural class of the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Bullet Points: Movie Appeared: This is Spinal Tap (1984) Actors: Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins, Lead Singer & Guitar) Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel, Lead Guitar) Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls, Bass)
Songs you might remember: Listen to What the Flower People Say Hell Hole Big Bottom Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Break Like the Wind Stonehenge
Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know all about our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame and the first class. We here at Notinhalloffame.com are pleased to announce the 15 Finalists based on your online votes for the Fictitious Rock and Roll and Roll Hall of Fame. Your 15 Finalists are: Alvin & The Chipmunks (From multiple TV Shows and Movies) The anthropomorphic chipmunks have been around for decades and actually went to number one on the Billboard charts twice and have been in the top five in voting in both previous rounds. The Archies (The Archie Show) Who doesn’t know Sugar Sugar? This put together group went number one with that song, which remains the ultimate bubblegum classic. The Blues Brothers (The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live) “Joliet” Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) took a successful skit into a more successful movie and generated a number one album. They have been in the top three in both previous rounds. The Commitments (The Commitments) From the movie of the same name this was a powerful Irish blues band, and a good one at that! Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem (The Muppet Show) The house band for the Muppets has been surprisingly high vote getters in the first two rounds. Is it on the strength of their drummer, Animal? Eddie and the Cruisers (Eddie and the Cruisers & Eddie and the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives) Eddie and the Cruisers was an early 60’s Jersey Band who through the death of the lead singer, Eddie Wilson (Michael Pare) become mythical rock and roll icons. The Monkees (The Monkees) They were put together by a television network and didn’t play on their first album, but they would emerge in the late 60’s as a bona fide rock group and huge concert draw. Should they be considered Fictitious? Otis Day & The Knights (Animal House) How popular were these guys? In real life, the lead singer would go on to form a band called… “Otis Day & The Knights”. Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) may not have been a rock star, but the Cuban bandleader was one of the first musicians on the silver screen. Now if only he let Lucy go to the club! The School of Rock (School of Rock) Jack Black and group of tweens rock the house and win the battle of the bands in what has become a constant on cable movie reruns. Spinal Tap (This is Spinal Tap) Comprising David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), the faux Heavy Metal group would go out on successful tours for years and the mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap” remains a cult classic. Stillwater (Almost Famous) From Cameron Crowe’s film, “Almost Famous”, we have a rising rock and roll band in the early 1970’s who were primed to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Tenacious D (The Pick of Destiny) Are Jack Black and Kyle Gass supposed to be here? As Tenacious D, the hard rocking duo have sold out many concerts and sold a lot of albums and appeared as fictionalized versions of themselves on screen. The Wonders (That Thing You Do!) The Tom Hanks produced film generated a perfect snapshot f early 60’s rock with the one hit wonder, The Wonders who fell from the top as quickly as they got there. Wyld Stallyns (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure & Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey How important are these guys? Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston, Esq created music that brought peace to planet Earth. What other band can say that? It is worth noting that just missing the final round was Robin Sparkles (How I Met Your Mother), The Partridge Family and Elvis Presley’s Vince Everett from (Jailhouse Rock). Those 15 will be on the ballot until October 5 where the first Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class will be named. You know what we want you to do! It is time for all of you to vote and tell us who should be the first class of the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Voting is done here: http://www.notinhalloffame.com/ficitious-rock-and-roll-voting/2015-final-round-voting We thank you for your support!
Subscribe to this RSS feed
This is a big day for us. After three rounds, the Preliminary, the Semi-Finals and the Finals, the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the first class after one full year of online voting from all of you. We are pleased to announce that the Blues Brothers, Spinal Tap and the Monkees have been selected by all of you as the first full class of the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Portrayed by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, the Blues Brothers received the most votes. “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues fronted an all-star band that was originally seen on Saturday Night Live. In their 1980 feature film, the siblings were on “a mission from God” and inadvertently introduced classic blues music to a new generation. Finishing second in the vote was Spinal Tap, who were also portrayed by Saturday Night Live alumnus. Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) created what is considered to be the best “mockumentary” of all time and is considered a classic. The final inductees of the first class are the Monkees, who were assembled to portray a fictional band but would later become one. The Monkees (Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz) were one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960’s. These three inductees beat out the following finalists (in order of their vote totals) in the Final Round: - Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem (The Muppets) - Tenacious D (Tenacious D) - The Wonders (That Thing You Do!) - Otis Day & The Knights (Animal House) - Wyld Stallyns (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) - Eddie and the Cruisers (Eddie and the Cruisers) - The Commitments (The Commitments) - Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) - Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Archies (The Archie Show) - The School of Rock (School of Rock) - Stillwater (Almost Famous) Voting is now open for the Preliminary round for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class. Like last year, there will be a Preliminary round leading to 40 Semi-Finalist Candidates, which will pared down to 15 Finalists. The site can be found here: http://www.notinhalloffame.com/fictitious-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame We encourage you all to cast your vote for next year and thank you for your support for this endeavor!