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11 Great ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Quotes That Aren’t “These go to 11!”

The iconic cult classic This is Spinal Tap was released in theaters 35 years ago today (March 2.) It is easily one of the most quotable, funniest films of all time to the point where even the biggest rock stars can own up to its painfully true moments.

Obviously, the most popular line from the film is, "These go to 11," but there are so many other golden nuggets in this brilliant mockumentary. In honor of the anniversary of the film’s theatrical release, here are 11 other quotes from This is Spinal Tap that aren't "These go to 11!"

(Note:  This list is numbered, not ranked. Ranking each line would be like asking us which Spinal Tap drummer was our favorite.  It’s simply too hard of a question to answer.)


1. “Here lies David St. Hubbins…and why not”

Spinal Tap - Epitaph: Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not? (1080p - Full HD)

Spinal Tap - Epitaph: Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not?


2. “You don’t do heavy metal in Dubly, you know.”

Dubly aka Dolby

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3. “I do not, for one, think that the problem was that the band was down.  I think that the problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.”

This is Spinal Tap - Stonehenge scene

Uploaded by Lele Chaplin on 2015-05-02.


4. “Well, this piece is called ‘Lick My Love Pump.’”

"Lick My Love Pump" Scene from This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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5. “It’s such a fine line between stupid, and uh…clever”

fine line clever stupid

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6. “This miniature bread…”

Spinal Tap - Backstage/Mini-Bread catastrophe


7. “The review you had on ‘Shark Sandwich,’ which was merely a two-word review, just said ‘Sh-t sandwich.’”

Spinal Tap -- "shit sandwich"

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8. “He was the patron saint of quality footwear.” – David St. Hubbins on the origin of his last name.


9. “We're very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they're like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They're two distinct types of visionaries, it's like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water.”

two visionaries

Uploaded by Matt Cherry on 2013-07-13.


10. “None more black”

None More Black

Classic Line from "Spinal Tap."



11. “Well, so what? What's wrong with bein' sexy?” “Sex-IST!”

What's Wrong With Being Sexy

Spinal Tap on Feminism Voicemail: 1-908-514-4470 E-mail: [email protected]


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.