No question: After reading Ray Greene's review in these pages of Anvil! The Story of Anvil -- director Sacha Gervasi's documentary on the world's most hapless real life Canadian heavy metal band -- the film is definitely on my Must See list. But one thing needs to be cleared up in front; regardless of whether Anvil is really (as some are hinting) a long-running conceptual art parody, they were not, repeat not, the inspiration for Rob Reiner and the rest of the comic geniuses who created This Is Spınal Tap.
Actually, there's been a lot of speculation over the years as to which group of headbangers, specifically, was being sent up in that groundbreaking rockumentary (nay, mockumentary) but I think the clip below should put an end to that once and for all.
Ladies and gentlemen, from 1986, I give you the majesty that is -- Saxon! Featuring their tender love ballad about the JFK assasination "Dallas 1 P.M."
Pay special attention to headbanded and shirtless bassist Steve "Dobby" Dobson in the song's instrumental opening section; if he didn't teach Harry Shearer everything he needed to know to create Tap's utterly gormless and similarly mustachioed Derek Smalls, than I'm Ronnie James Dio.
Coming tomorrow: Astounding new rediscovered footage from Erich von Stroheim's Greed anticipating Madonna's Material Girl video by half a century! You'll never look at Zazu Pitts the same way again!