Released in March 1984, Rob Reiner‘s ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ is a comedic film about a fictional British heavy metal band. Considered one of the best music-related movies ever, ‘Tap’ wasn’t an immediate hit. It arrived decades before improv-heavy, mockumentary styled television shows like ‘The Office‘ would become popular, and besides, this wasn’t the kind of film destined to immediately resonate with Middle America. But due to strong word-of-mouth marketing from fans and famous musicians alike, the movie eventually became a cult classic.

Starring Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ is a tour-bus staple for musicians of all genres, and many say the film’s look at the often ridiculous life of a traveling musician borders on uncomfortable. Either way, ‘Tap’ is a must-see for any fan of music, and today Diffuser is taking a walk down memory lane to see where the stars of the film are today.

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