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Directed by Rob Reiner, this 1984 movie is a rockumentary of a faux rock band.
6 quizzes and 110 trivia questions.
  "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'   popular trivia quiz  
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I have kept the Interesting Information sections in this quiz as concise as possible for a reason; it would be a shame to spoil it too much! This quiz looks at one of the funniest films of 1984; the rockumentary 'This is Spinal Tap'.
Average, 15 Qns, SisterSeagull, Aug 05 16
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  This Is Spinal Tap    
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A quiz that goes all the way to eleven...and beyond.
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  "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary    
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"This is Spinal Tap" is such a great mockumentary. This was Rob Reiner's directorial debut, and it was a "tour de force" of hilarity. Rock and roll!
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  "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania    
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"This Is Spinal Tap" is a movie masterpiece. Enjoy the quiz!
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  The 'Spinal Tap'   popular trivia quiz  
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Here is a quiz of the greatest movie ever made, 'This is Spinal Tap'. I would have made the quiz go to 11 but that wasn't an option. Please let me know if you think this quiz should be done in dobly.
Average, 20 Qns, SuperHC, Sep 03 06
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  "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz    
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Does your "Spinal Tap" Trivia knowledge go to 11? Strap on your ax and try out your best licks jamming along with this quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, Nos402, Feb 01 04
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trivia question Quick Question
What type of bread did Nigel want backstage?

From Quiz ""This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary"

This is Spinal Tap Trivia Questions

1. Besides their exuberance and raw power, what other attribute did the band possess that 'knocked out' film maker Martin DiBergi?

From Quiz
"She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: Punctuality

"In 1966, I went down to Greenwich Village, New York City to a rock club called the Electric Banana. Don't look for it, it's not there anymore. But that night I heard a band that for me redefined the word "rock and roll". I remember being knocked out by their, their exuberance, their raw power -- and their punctuality", says real life film director Rob Reiner, who plays Martin 'Marty' DiBergi, a film commercial maker. In his own words he "wanted to capture the sights... the sounds... the smells of a hard working rock band on the road". Having played in a band many decades ago, I think Reiner needed therapy!

2. How many members have been in Spinal Tap?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania

Answer: 37

David explains that there have been 37 members in Spinal Tap. This occurs after Nigel walks off stage during a disasterous concert at the military base.

3. When film maker Marti DiBergi first saw Spinal Tap, he was knocked out by their exuberance, their raw power and __________.

From Quiz "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz

Answer: Their punctuality

DiBergi first saw Spinal Tap in 1966 at "The Electric Banana" in Greenwich Village, New York City.

4. Spinal Tap were on tour to celebrate the release of their new album. What was it called?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary

Answer: Smell the Glove

Due to a controversial cover, the album is released with a plain, black cover. The band starts to believe that the black album has cursed them.

5. Who introduces the, if you will, "rockumentary"?

From Quiz This Is Spinal Tap

Answer: Marty Di Bergi

Marty Di Bergi is played by Rob Reiner who was also the film's director.

6. What was the name of the first song Nigel and David wrote together?

From Quiz The 'Spinal Tap'

Answer: All the Way Home

7. During the fall of 1982, Spinal Tap embarked on a US tour to support the release of their new album. What was the title of this album?

From Quiz "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: Smell the Glove

Spinal Tap is touring the United States in support of their latest album release, 'Smell the Glove'. The tour starts badly; at a recording industry convention held in Atlanta Ga., David St. Hubbins excitedly tells the attending guests in the Polymer Records hospitality suite that they should "wait until you see the cover". Ian Faith, after being taken to one side by tour promoter Bobbi Fleckman, and the band are accused of being sexist due to the imagery that they had chosen for the record sleeve - a picture of a young woman on her knees wearing a dog collar, restrained by a leash and being forced to smell a man's hand enclosed in a black leather glove. "They're not going to release the album because they have decided that the cover is sexist" says exasperated manager Ian Faith to the band at the party. "Well, so what? What's wrong with bein' sexy?" added guitarist Nigel Tufnel. "Sex-IST!" exclaims Ian Faith. "IST!" adds David St. Hubbins.

8. When Nigel and David first started playing together, they called themselves "The Originals", but there was already another band with that name so had to change their name to __________.

From Quiz "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz

Answer: The New Originals

"The Originals" then changed their name to "The Regulars" and "The New Originals" eventually became "The Thamesmen" before changing to "Spinal Tap".

9. Complete this phrase from when Nigel was talking to Marti about the amplifier levels, 'These go to ____'.

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary

Answer: 11& Eleven

In this classic scene, Marty asks, "Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?" Totally dumbfounded, Nigel replies, "These go to eleven."

10. What is St. Hubbins the patron saint of?

From Quiz The 'Spinal Tap'

Answer: Quality Footwear

11. On the band's arrival at JFK airport they were to be picked up and driven into the city. What was written on the sign being held by their chauffeur?

From Quiz "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: Spinal Pap

Many amongst you will recognise the band's chauffeur Tommy Pischedda, played by Bruno Kirby, from blockbuster movies 'City Slickers', 'Good Morning Vietnam' and 'The Godfather Part II'; he is a chauffeur with something of a Frank Sinatra fixation. There are a number of comedic referrals to the band name scattered throughout the film if you listen carefully for them... And clearly to the surnames of some characters as well!

12. At which venue did Spinal Tap appear with second billing to the Puppet Show?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania

Answer: Themeland Amusement Park

The boys put together an extended jazz session, written by Derek. Nigel had quit the band which crippled it musically, and Jeanine, having replaced Ian as band manager, booked the boys into the amusement park's free stage, with second billing to none other than the puppet show.

13. Their first drummer, John 'Stumpy' Pepys, died how?

From Quiz "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz

Answer: In a bizarre gardening accident

Their second drummer choked on someone else's vomit (although they don't know whose since, as the band says, "You can't dust for vomit"), and a later drummer spontaneously combusted. In a cameo, Ed Begley Jr. plays John 'Stumpy' Pepys.

14. What type of bread did Nigel want backstage?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary

Answer: Large bread

Nigel had all kinds of issues with the arrangements backstage. Olives were missing pimentos. Oreos were broken in half. Ian subsequently attacks the caterer with his cricket bat.

15. According to Jeanine what is the band's star-sign?

From Quiz This Is Spinal Tap

Answer: Virgo

After assuming management of the band Janine presents each of the band with an astrologically charted tour itinerary and states 'As you know the band's star-sign is Virgo. You see Saturn's in the third house and it's a bit rocky. But because Virgo is the most highly intelligent of all the signs of the Zodiac we're going to pull through this with great aplomb'. Derek Smalls' star-sign is Cancer, Viv Savage is a Libran whilst Nigel is a Capricorn.

16. What was the name of David and Derek's concept for a musical?

From Quiz The 'Spinal Tap'

Answer: Saucy Jack

17. Prior to calling themselves Spinal Tap, the band, which was founded during 1964, were known as The Originals. Over time they settled on a name relevant to the city in which the band was founded. What name had they finally opted for?

From Quiz "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: The Thamesmen

Due to the fact that another band were already using the name that they had originally wished to use, they were forced to look for something else: "We had to change our name actually" offered St. Hubbins during an interview. "Well there was another group in the East End called The Originals and we had to rename ourselves" added Tufnel. "The New Originals" said St. Hubbins. "The New Originals" added Tufnel, "and then they became...The Regulars, they changed their name back to The Regulars and we thought well, we could go back to The Originals but what's the point?" "We became The Thamesmen at that point" concluded Tufnel.

18. What was the brand of Nigel's guitar amp that "went to 11"?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania

Answer: Marshall

Nigel and Marty were discussing different guitars and equipment in Nigel's home. Among the many preposterous stories crafted by Nigel, he explained that his Marshall amp went "one higher" to eleven, when most guitar amps use 10 as their loudest volume indicator.

19. At the launch party for their new album, "Smell the Glove", hors d'oeuvres are served by __________.

From Quiz "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz

Answer: Mimes

The mimes were played by Billy Crystal, and Dana Carvey, only two of a plethora of cameos.

20. Who was the Polymer records promotion man who messed up the timing for the Chicago autograph session?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary

Answer: Artie Fufkin

Artie was played in an exceptionally funny manner by Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame.

21. What musical adaptation was Elvis due to perform as a TV special from Graceland shortly before his death according to Derek Smalls?

From Quiz This Is Spinal Tap

Answer: Somebody Up There Likes Me

The film "Somebody Up There Likes Me" from 1956 was directed by Robert Wise as were the other three titles. As he also directed "West Side Story" and "The Sound Of Music", a musical adaptation of one of his other films could sound almost plausible. Almost.

22. What is the name of Spinal Tap's record label?

From Quiz The 'Spinal Tap'

Answer: Polymer

23. The band revealed during an interview that their original drummer, John 'Stumpy' Pepys had died in a bizarre gardening incident. In which manner did his replacement, Eric 'Stumpy Joe' Childs, meet his demise?

From Quiz "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: He choked on vomit...somebody else's!

Spinal Tap appears to go through drummers on a regular basis. According to guitarist Nigel Tufnel, after the death of 'Stumpy' Pepys the authorities instructed the band to "best leave it unsolved". The band's second drummer to die, Eric 'Stumpy Joe' Childs passed away after choking on vomit. Quite disgustingly, and according to Tufnel during the same interview, he had choked on somebody else's vomit! "What happened to 'Stumpy Joe?" asked DiBergi "Ah, it's not a very pleasant story" answered Derek Smalls. "He choked. The actual official explanation was he choked on vomit; they didn't have the facilities for testing at Scotland Yard. They couldn't say exactly whose vomit he choked on" continued Smalls. "Yeah, you can't dust for vomit" added Tufnel!

24. In the back of the limo, a groupie was reading a book by Sammy Davis, Jr. What was the name of the book?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania

Answer: Yes, I Can

After the limo driver, played by Bruno Kirby, inquired about "Yes, I Can" by Sammy Davis, Jr., he began to explain his philosophy on life. Nigel then rudely raised the privacy window between the driver and passengers in the middle of his sentence.

25. On what song do Nigel, Derek, and David all play bass guitars?

From Quiz "Spinal Tap" - Smell the Quiz

Answer: Big Bottom

Bass is often referred to as "bottom", as in the low end of the sound spectrum.

26. What was the name of the artist who was staying at the same Memphis hotel as Spinal Tap?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" - Mockumentary

Answer: Duke Fame

Duke sold out the "Enormo Dome." His manager was played by "WKRP In Cincinnati" alumnus Howard Hessman. The group wasn't very fond of Duke and called him a "wanker."

27. Upon arrival at JFK Airport the band's chauffeur awaits them holding a hand-written sign in order to identify himself to the band. What does it say?

From Quiz This Is Spinal Tap

Answer: Spinal Pap

As we find out a later on, the chauffeur, Tommy Pischedda, has no interest in rock n roll. He is more interested in "showbiz" entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. "When you've loved and lost the way Frank has then you know what life's about". The mistake could well have been deliberate. It was Lt. Hookstratten who mistakenly called them Spinal Tarp when greeting them at the Air Base.

28. What is the name of Spinal Tap's keyboardist?

From Quiz The 'Spinal Tap'

Answer: Viv Savage

29. During an inspection of Nigel Tufnel's amazing collection of guitars and equipment, Martin DiBergi was warned not to touch, or even look at, a specific brand of guitar. Which brand of guitar was this?

From Quiz "She Means Dolby, Alright?" - 'This is Spinal Tap'

Answer: Fender

"Now this is special, too, still got the ol' tagger on it...never even played it," says Tufnel. "You just bought it and...?" Says DiBergi, reaching out with his hand to touch the Fender. "Don't touch it! Don't touch it!" Shouts Tufnel. "Well uh I wasn't...I wasn't gonna touch it, I was just pointing at it!" replied DiBergi in surprise. "Well don't point, even," replies a calmer Tufnel as they both cross the room to inspect Tufnel's amplifiers. If this film is remembered for anything, it is this scene in which DiBergi and Tufnel are inspecting the latter's guitar collection and Nigel Tufnel explains to DiBergi why they have such a live advantage over other bands. "Most amps go up to ten...does this mean it's louder?" asks DiBergi. "Well, it's one louder" replies Tufnel.

30. What song did the band attempt to sing at Elvis' grave?

From Quiz "This Is Spinal Tap" Mania

Answer: Heartbreak Hotel

David began to sing "Heartbreak Hotel" at Elvis' grave, which they were visiting after their Memphis concert was cancelled. Nigel then joined in with a sad attempt at harmony.

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