Maybe I should post this in conspiracy, but after really checking it out the Scottish band Sweet may have been the primary inspiration for Spinal Tap.
I remember playing my older bro's "Desolation Boulevard" in first grade and rocking out to some fairly hilarious music. David Bowie and Lou Reed
had nothing on these freaks:
This one still holds well and can add fun to any mix.
Fox on the Run.
Amazing: 10 hrs ago someone posted the same theory on the youtube board. Hahahahahah. Anyhoo, I think I brought it here first. Any thoughts?
They definitely seem like the main inspiration. I think they also took some of Styx and their rather outrageous stage shows at the time.
Thank you for sharing those videos. The hair alone is going to cause me nightmares.
Kidflash, alright! We've got a believer! Thanks for the boost of confidence in the "theory." Now, I haven't read any books on the subject but
come on! The bass player almost IS harry Shearer (sp?) in the Fox on the run video. Anyone else? If nothing else, please watch the vids if only to
be gobsmacked by their hilarity of the times.
My God. Right away Derek Smalls is looking in the camera. I think the lyrics also inspired Spinal Tap. I mean: Love is like oxygen, you get too
much you get too high, not enough and you're gonna' die (gonna' die) love gets you high.
It doesn't get sillier than that. Man, look at those guys! I was hoping for some hits from any Scottish ATS members based on Sweet alone, but maybe
I should have put in "The Sweet" as maybe they are known better by that name there? Here, they were SWEET. Go Mick!
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