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A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Friday, December 20, 2002  

Two more music bits: the American National Film Registry has chosen This is Spinal Tap, for my money the funniest rock movie ever made, to enter the Library of Congress for preservation. To those who don't know it, This is Spinal Tap is a mocumentary about a washed-up British heavy metal band trying to make a comeback. Successive drummers all mysteriously and inevitably spontaneously combust, critics pan them at every turn, no one shows up to their gigs but still they soldier on, true to the rock n' roll cause, blissfully unaware of their own buffonery and their ridiculous mullet hair cuts and too-tight leather clothing. The totally deadpan irony and the mordant humour are what make this film so laugh-out-loud funny. I can't recommend it enough.

In other news, Paul McCartney has decided that the songs that he had the lion's share in writing with the Beatles will from now on be credited as "McCartney/Lennon", instead of "Lennon/McCartney", the way all of their songs have always been credited and the way fans have always known them, as Lennon/McCartney compositions. Sir Paul says that he hopes fans (and Yoko Ono) won't get upset. "This isn't anything I'm going to be losing any sleep over," he says.

This is all very interesting cosidering that on John Lennon's first solo album there was a song that criticised McCartney for selling-out the Beatles' ideals. The name of the song? "How do you sleep".

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