The Majesty of Rock, the Pageantry of Roll

April 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm 6 comments

I said I was going to do it, and I did it.  I attended Unwigged and Unplugged based on this blog’s recommendation.  It did not disappoint.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the movie “This is Spinal Tap” which is an iconic cult classic that ushered in a new genre, The Mocumentary, and IRF’s collective favorite film, the great unifier that brought us all together, Waiting for Guffman.  These movies aren’t for everyone, as the humor is dry, and well, smart.  Joe Miller describes this as having a high HIQ.  Well, as we all know, “you find people.  You FIND them” and I found people that share the same appreciation that I do. So my friend and I bought tickets to see Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest, live in the Oakland Paramount Theatre.

This is Spinal Tap is a mocumentary that chronicals the ’80’s rock band, Spinal Tap, often called the loudest band on Earth.  Christopher Guest, plays lead Guitarist, Nigel Tufnel and this scene describes him better than I ever could :

Some of my favorite Spinal Tap lyrics:

The majesty of rock, the pageantry of roll, the crowing of the cock, the running of the foal, the shepherd with his flock, the miner with his coal.

Big bottom, big bottom, talk about mud flaps, my girl’s got ’em.

You’ve still got your baby teeth.

In the show, they also showed this special youtube tribute someone else made to Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You:

Now the band didn’t only represent Spinal Tap, as they did come back in a Mocumentary about Folk Music called “A Mighty Wind”.  And the threw me a bone by performing the song from the Waiting For Guffman Outtakes, “This Bulging River,” which may be one of my favorite parts of the movie .  All in all the night was a success.  Upon telling Joe Miller about my concert, he replied, “I don’t care about trivial things like how you’re doing, all I want to know is, did they play Hell Hole?”  My response was in Joe and my common language, “Guffmanese” as I said, “ello, ow are oo?  ave you been to ‘artford?”  (Joe, clearly understood that this meant they opened with it).

I wish each and every one of you could have been with me for this special evening.  You were in my heart.

PS – I did procure a new baseball shirt with Spinal Tap across the front and the number on the back?  11.  (Because it’s one louder.)


Entry filed under: Film, Guffman, LeMare's Posts, Music, Waiting for Guffman.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JL  |  April 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Was it hard to not sing along with Sir Christopher?

    What a perfect concert.

  • 2. Brotimmy  |  April 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    The best part of that whole song was the end when the projector flashes, “Majesty of Rock, The”. Pure genius.

  • 3. Mystery Visitor  |  April 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    One day, I long to brush against the hem of the garment of an attendee at such an event!

    • 4. LeMare  |  April 29, 2009 at 11:49 am

      The hem of my pantsuit?

  • 5. Amber Englund Christensen  |  May 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    my personal favorite Spinal Tap-ism is “I want to wear you like a flesh tuxedo”… poetry

    • 6. LeMare  |  May 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

      If only I could find someone who could love me in such a pure and caring way…


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