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The Spin I’m In: A Rock ‘n Roll Creation

Hollywood doesn’t make good rock movies. They always get it wrong.  The actors somehow aren’t quite right and the direction seems completely foreign. The final result equals C-O-R-N-Y.

I recently watched This Is Spinal Tap for about the twentieth time. This is the one film that got it so dead on that I’m still dying to know where the comics got some of their fly on the wall information.

When I first saw the movie I thought it was a funny mockumentary about a faux metal band. Years later as my own band’s career was unfolding I realized how painfully- hilariously accurate it was. Even the deli tray.  I’ve met my own real life Bobby Fleckmans and Sir Eaton Hoggs. At times I’ve behaved like the temperamental Nigel, the bullshit spiritualist David, and the "lukewarm" Derek.

So much of that movie came true to life; the fighting, the boyfriends, even getting lost on the way to the stage. In England once, we were scheduled to appear in a shopping mall without our knowledge (our own version of the military base in the film). Nightmare.

Every musician in the biz that I know is aware that This Is Spinal Tap rings so true that it can cause tinnitus…of the heart.

I’ll be playing the Viper Room in LA., this Saturday the 16th with my band and James Hall. Come get your rock on.

I’d love to hear The Spin You’re In in the comments section.

 The Spin I'm In iMix: A Rock 'n Roll Creation

Highfalutin                                       The Upper Crust

Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman         The Darkness

Glass Slipper                                    Burning Brides

Orgasmatron                                    Motorhead

Downed                                           Cheap Trick

Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight      Spinal Tap

Gimme Some Money                          Spinal Tap

(Listen to The) Flower People               Spinal Tap

A Mighty Wind                                  The New Main Street Singers,
                                                   Mitch & Mickey & The Folksmen  

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.