Episode 587: Notional Loudness

On the Overthinking It Podcast, we celebrate the 11th anniversary of the show by watching “This Is Spinal Tap.” Because it also goes up to eleven.

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Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather examine This Is Spinal Tap, a movie for its time, for our time, and/or for all time. We discuss what is dated and what is enduring about the mockumentary rockumentary, and we spend a minute waxing sentimental about the eleventh anniversary of the OTI Podcast.

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3 Comments on “Episode 587: Notional Loudness”

  1. Three Act Destructure #

    Glad I was able to find a podcast that brings a little “upstairs” overthinking to our “downstairs” pop culture. Here’s to eleven more years. Cheers.


  2. John C Member #

    I have to laugh at the mention of looking back at prior work and cringing, and honestly have a lot of respect for people who are able to do that in public. I have a (version control) repository of notes on possible projects I’ve been keeping since around 2006 and, even though it’s thankfully not public, I look at some of it and shudder at the bitter little person who managed to convince himself that (among other things) anarchy could be a stable system. I never made it back to the beginning of the Overthinking It back-catalog (I kept losing my place), but I’m sure none of it is that bad…
    In any case, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie, but I half-wonder if the “look at how dumb these guys are” angle was intended to be a commentary on drug-addled musicians. It’s not a long walk from “dumb people jokes” to “stoner jokes,” after all, and the latter seems like the sort of weird place a studio or the MPAA might draw an arbitrary line.
    Or maybe not. Either way, a happy eleventh (which is, indeed, one more) and many more!


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