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Editor's note: This article was scheduled to appear
in the second issue of Painful Procedure, the official Spinal
Tap newsletter that died after its first issue. It was supplied
to the Spinal Tap Fan Site by former fan club president Bonnie
In 1982, dogfood peddler Marty DiBergi decided
to capitalize on Spinal Tap's first American tour in six years
by taking a film crew on the road with them. The ever-trusting
Tap let DiBergi and his camera in on their performances, their
rehearsals, their trials and their triumphs their very
By the beginning of their World Comeback Tour,
DiBergi had what he wanted, skipped off to the editing room and
soon after released one of the most vicious misrepresentations
of genius ever to foul the silver screen.
His so-call rockumentary portrays the members
of Tap as untalented and dimwitted has-beens. The fact that the
film is listed in many guides as a "comedy" proves
beyond doubt that DiBergi's intentions were evil from the beginning.
Don't be fooled! We asked the lads speak out about the movie.
They made it clear that...
"You saw the movie. You saw us performing
on stage, right? We must have found the stage! Logically, right?
He doesn't show us finding the stage, he shows us not finding
the stage." Derek
"At first we thought, 'What kind of heroic
figures is he going to make us out to be?' It turned out to be
nothing like we thought." David
"It was a hatchetmentary. He was trying to
make us look stupid. That's the sort of thing that sells, isn't
it? I mean if you see a newspaper and the headline says 'Twins
Bor n Feeling Fine,' it wouldn't sell, cause people don't
want to know about stuff like that. They'd like to see something
like 'Fat Man Stuck In Toilet, Probably Dead.' DiBergi told us
he was our biggest fan and look what he did. It was a total betrayal."
" 'Call the Butcher's Union', I said. 'Marty
DiBergi? Try the Butcher's Union.' " Derek
Nigel: We saw the film that everyone else saw and we
were quite upset because it was not a depiction that was accurate.
You see someone like Derek not getting out of the pod. Most nights...
Derek: Every night!
Nigel: Well, 80 percent of the time...
Derek: But you don't see that.
Nigel: What they choose to show...
David: They chose to show a time when we couldn't get
Derek out of the bloody pod.
Nigel: The night there was some mechanical misfunction
and we become the brunt of a joke, and not the smooth act that
we really were.
David: Skew, eschew...
Nigel: Basically, it's all twisted. "Let me go into
my little editing room and twist."
Derek: What do they call that, McCarthyism?
David: It's called McCarthyism.
Nigel: Charlie McCarthyism.
Derek: I call it DiBergiism.
Nigel: This Is Marty DiBergi should have been the name
of the movie.