"...these go to eleven" - it's Nigel Tufnel Day!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 11, 2011 11:11am | Post a Comment
It's official - today, November 11, 2011, or "eleven, eleven, eleven" if you're quoting Christopher Guest's Jeff Beck-inspired character from the cult, mock-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, is Nigel Tufnel Day!
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Not too long ago a movement started via a very dedicated Tumblr page and a now nearly 22,000 member strong facebook page to declare 11/11/11 officially Nigel Tufnel Day. Well, we the people of Amoeba Music will not be waiting around for any authority with the proper jurisdiction to take the necessary actions to declare this day, November 11, 2001 officially Nigel Tufnel Day when we have every right to do so by the power invested in us by St. Hubbins - the patron saint of quality footwear, jazz blues/blues jazz enthusiasts and big-bottoms everywhere. Happy Nigel Tufnel Day already!

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And so accordingly we honor a man who is not only a master of the saddest of all keys but Spinal Tap's six-string juggernaut and herald of heavy metal innovation with his custom amplifiers set to the eleventh volume setting instead of the standard ten, i.e "one louder", by tapping into a list of 11 memorable Nigel Tufnel quotes from This Is Spinal Tap. And while we've got you hooked into the spirit of the holiday, why not stop by one of our stores in person or online at and pick up a copy of Tap's Smell The Glove (a.k.a. the This Is Spinal Tap soundtrack), or Break Like The Wind featuring hits like "Bitch School" and their singular, seasonal single "Christmas With The Devil", or perhaps Tap's latest release Back From the Dead - a CD/DVD combo packaged with a fold-out diorama featuring nineteen tracks, including essential Tappage Jazz Odesseys I-III.
Amoeba's Top 11 Nigel Tufnel quotes from This Is Spinal Tap

[On a review that says Spinal Tap is "treading water in a sea of nigel tufnel day 11/11/11 spinal tap christopher guest skeleton tee retarded sexuality and bad poetry"] "That's just nitpicking, isn't it?"

"This is my exact inner structure, done in a tee shirt. Exactly medically accurate."

"It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black."

"You can't really dust for vomit."

"We've got Armadillos in our trousers. It's really quite frightening."

"Well, so what? What's wrong with bein' sexy?"nigel tufnel guitarist spinal tap official holiday 11/11/11

"Look, this. This miniture bread, it like... I've been working with this now for about half an hour and i can't figure out... let's say I wanted a bite, right."

[on what he would do if he couldn't be a rock star] "Well, I suppose I could, uh, work in a shop of some kind, or... or do, uh, freelance, uh, selling of some sort of, uh, product."

"I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really."11/11/11 nigel tufnel day official holiday spinal tap amp marshall

"Well, this piece is called Lick My Love Pump."

Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

[pause] These go to eleven.

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