This is Spinal Tap

After a hilariously awkward Stonehenge performance, things take a turn for the worse. Ian Faith (Hendra) quits the band, leaving Jeanine (Chadwick) to manage the band, and David (McKean) becomes distracted and can't focus on his music playing. During a gig at an Air Force base, Nigel's (Guest) wireless receiver starts picking up radio messages and in anger, he slams his guitar on the ground and walks out on the band. The remaining members continue to perform but the audience becomes limited due to selective venues (The local zoo etc.)Nigel eventually comes back delivering a message from Ian that their song 'Sex Farm' reached 5 in Japan's music charts. They begin a tour in Japan and during 'Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You', David signals for Nigel to come on stage and play for them again. Also during the performance, we learn that Mick Shrimpton's (Parnell) *law of averages* is false, because he spontaneously combusts (explodes). He is replaced by Joe 'Mama' Besser. Ian Faith rejoins the band as manager.


Continuity mistake: While the band is performing Stonehenge, the windscreen on Nigel's microphone appears and disappears a couple of times.

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Nigel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Martin: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel: Exactly.
Martin: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Martin: I don't know.
Nigel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Martin: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel: Elevn. Exactly. One louder.
Martin: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel: These go to eleven.

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Question: Did any of the actors know how to play their instruments? Because sometimes Harry Shearer seems to know what he's doing on the bass, particularly during 'Big Bottom' but the two leads sometimes look as though they're playing air guitar.

Answer: The actors are all good musicians - it's them playing.


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