Cinema: Cold Metal

THIS IS SPINAL TAP Directed by Rob Reiner Screenplay by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner

Spinal Tap is not a med-school training film, not a slasher movie set in a clinic, not the latest permutation of break dancing. Spinal Tap is, in the words of one enthusiast, "the world's loudest and stupidest heavy-metal band." Formed in the early '60s by Londoners Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins, the group has weathered two decades of inframusical turbulence by mirroring, and milking just about every dead-end trend in rock 'n' roll. After flirting with the transcendelic movement (Listen to the...

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