Spinal Tap Air Drums!
Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean plays Power’s tough union dad, Harlan. McKean, as lead singer and guitarist David St. Hubbins, co-created with Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel) and Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls) the loudest band in England, and the greatest rock comedy of all time.
The band first appeared on a 1979 ABC television sketch comedy pilot called The T.V. Show, starring Rob Reiner. The sketch, actually a mock promotional video for the song “Rock and Roll Nightmare”, was written by Reiner and the band, and included Loudon Wainwright III on keyboards. Later the band became the subject of the 1984 classic This Is Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner.
Spinal Tap’s history includes a succession of drummers, all of whom died in strange circumstances: one in a “bizarre gardening accident”; another who choked on vomit, but not his own vomit; and, two from spontaneous human combustion onstage. Our friend Todd Sucherman of Styx rocked with them too – and survived!
Drummers: Ric Parnell (“This Is Spinal Tap”, 1984 album; “Break Like the Wind”, 1992 album), Gary Wallis, (Wallis pretended to explode at the end of the Amnesty International performance), Jody Linscott, Mick Fleetwood, Todd Sucherman, Gregg Bissonette.