Dig! vs. This is Spinal Tap: such a fine line between stupid and clever

13 Jun

I was way late to the game in viewing the “rockumentary” Dig! but I’m not really a music fiend anyway.  The closest I got was the Gilmore Girls episode paying homage to the showcase where The Brian Jonestown Massacre broke up in the movie (Hep Alien has to be the worst band name ever).  Dig! follows two indie bands in the 90s: The BJM and The Dandy Warhols.  The film has been called a real-life Spinal Tap, with The BJM presumably playing the role of Spinal Tap.  But This is Spinal Tap is one of my favorite movies and Dig! is decidedly not.  I compare the two films below:

  1. Band leader: David “I would be more upset if I weren’t so heavily sedated” St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap vs. Anton “I’m not for sale, I’m fucking love” Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre  

David has to win this one, simply because he doesn’t take himself so seriously.  Anton, dude, you’re kind of a downer.

2. Musical talent: The BJM are portrayed as musical geniuses straight of the 60s in Dig! and I have to agree after listening to the free music on their website.  Spinal Tap tries to make a comeback but their taste is definitely less sophisticated than BJM.  


3. Fights: Both bands had epic fights on stage, but BJM wins just because it was a real fight. 


4. Sidekicks: Matt Hollywood of BJM vs. Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap.  Matt is just as crazy as Anton but knows how to rein it in.  Nigel seems more aware than David, particularly about his blind spot, girlfriend Janine.  Of course, Nigel also comes out with statements like the most famous scene of the movie, below:

Nigel wins, because of his anatomically correct wardrobe.

Final winner: I would rather hang out with the members of Spinal Tap, who were recently profiled in Vanity Fair.  I would rather attend a BJM show.  So everybody wins!

Disclaimer: Yes, I know Spinal Tap is a spoof of old metal bands and not real.  Both movies are still worth seeing but have a magazine handy when watching Dig!

2 Responses to “Dig! vs. This is Spinal Tap: such a fine line between stupid and clever”

  1. yousoundlikeadrunkwhiteguy June 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    even if spinal tap were real people they would be less of losers after seeing that “real” band fight on stage

    and spinal tap makes better music… even if i were to leave out their brilliant comedy stylings

  2. yousoundlikeadrunkwhiteguy June 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    i suppose they would be the victims in the massacre that i just delivered upon them with my mighty burnification


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