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In Memoriam: Spinal Tap Drummers

So many drummers…so many unique ways to die.  Leave it to the brilliant minds of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer to make the tragic passing of ALL of Spinal Tap’s drummers into comedy magic.

In a movie with a seemingly endless amount of one-liners, the nearly two-minute scene below has three.

“He died in a bizarre gardening accident.”

“You can’t really dust for vomit.”

“There was a little, green globule on his drum seat.”

R.I.P. John “Stumpy” Pepys, Eric “Stumpy Joe” Childs, Peter “James” Bond and (eventually) Mick Shrimpton.  We hardly knew yee.

Spinal Tap Drumers

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels.  True story.