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For many years, a four-hour bootleg has been circulating of
footage that didn't make the final cut of This is Spinal Tap.
Most of the best scenes are included as supplemental material
on the DVD version of
the film. The bootleg as a whole is rather dull. But here are
a few memorable scenes:
- After Tommy the limo driver delivers pizzas to the band in
their hotel room, Nigel gets him to smoke marijuana. Soon Tommy
has stripped to his underwear, giving his best stoned rendition
of All the Way. He passes out.
- Before a recording session that ends in disaster, Nigel suggests
the band has lost its edge. David laughs at the suggestion, and
Nigel accuses him of "making a joke out of the situation."
David shoots back, "I wasn't making a joke out of it. I
was doing a sort of joke-like slant on the serious side of this."
- A lone fan shows up for a record signing of Smell the Glove.
The band signs his album but none of the signatures are visible
because of its all-black cover.
- As the boys struggle to record radio promos in a hotel lobby
with record exec Bobbi Flekman, a naked groupie reappears. Nigel
announces that she's looking for her contact lens, to which Bobbi
responds, "Does she need the lens to find her clothes?"
Later, Bobbi tells Nigel, "Please put your hormones in your
hip pocket for awhile and let's get on with this."
- At one point, standing on a hotel balcony, Nigel and David
reveal their secret handshake, in which they make a horizontal
V-sign with their fingers and interlock them. Later, on the bus,
David, Nigel and Derek begin to make fart noises by sticking
their hands under their armpits, and manager Ian Faith suggests
filmmaker Marty DiBergi turn off the camera. DiBergi insists
on continuing, however, saying he's discovered a telling example
of the group's "prolonged adolescence."
- After Nigel leaves the band, David's girlfriend Jeanine (Tap's
new manager after Ian quits) introduces Ricky, "the hottest
lead guitarist in San Francisco" as a replacement. At their
next gig, he proves himself to have ten times the talent and
sex appeal of any member of Tap and upstages David with a Billy
Squire-like rendition of Hellhole. He's gone by the next show,
and Tap has only to compete with a festival crowd after a puppet
show, as we all know.
- Jeanine, an amateur astrologist, tells Nigel that she's noticed
his "Neanderthal look" on stage and thinks it works
well with his "nocturnal glow." Nigel says he was "trying
to make it subtle" and wasn't really "striving for
- Derek shows director DeBergi a clip from a movie in which
the bassist played a trained assassin in a natty white suit who
is gunned down by the protagonist before the opening credits.
- The camera catches Nigel watching Gumby on TV while scolding
the bendable Gumby toy he keeps in his shirt pocket, "Do
not bite me. You are my friend." Later, when Nigel storms
out of the military base gig, DiBergi tracks him down and interviews
him at the home of "a famous TV star who plays a doctor,"
where he is learning to play tennis.