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“We’re getting down to the movies that you can’t not mention, and Spinal Tap is one of those. I was just watching it yesterday, and I kept wondering how much time those guys spent in actual bands. I mean, how could they know some of this stuff? The scene with the deli tray – how did they know that this is what breaks bands up?
“Some of the bits are from other movies – The Kids Are Alright looms large here. There’s that great scene where Spinal Tap try to sing Heartbreak Hotel at Elvis’ grave, which is totally from a scene where The Who are trying to sing The Beach Boys’ Help Me, Rhonda. Nobody can get it right in either movie. And the way they use old footage and then cut quickly out of it – that’s in Jeff Stein’s movie.
“It's funny because it took me years to realize that Spinal Tap’s songs weren’t really good. I recorded their songs whenever they came on the radio, and I’d play them for friends. They’d look at me and be like, ‘Wait a minute. That’s bad music.’ I kind of didn’t care. My love of movies and music was so strong that the idea of putting them together sealed the deal for me."
Alternate: The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
“It’s amazing to me that this movie came out after Spinal Tap. I can’t imagine somebody watching Spinal Tap and not saying, ‘Dude, we gotta change. We can’t do this because look how fucking stupid we look.’ The fact that people like this could still exist, that they hadn’t been shattered by Spinal Tap, is a mystery. I guess some people are pretty clueless.
“I mean, there’s the scene in Spinal Tap where they’re playing Heavy Duty Rock ‘N’ Roll, and the keyboard player has this stupid shock treatment helmet on, and he’s making these weird, spaced-out faces. I’m thinking, ‘All right, that's going a little too far. Nobody would actually do that in real life.’ And they’re doing it right and left in Decline Of Western Civilization – and they’re being serious about it! Unbelievable.”