Fans of the farcical rockumentary that started it all, “This Is Spinal Tap,” have to be happy that Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls--played by the legendary Harry Shearer--has finally freed himself from the towering shadows of Tap bandmates Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins to release his debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing). In the immortal words of St. Hubbins, “He wrote this.”
To celebrate the announcement of the album in January, Shearer as Smalls released a video for the the record’s title track (see below). Now, with the album’s April 13 release date looming, Smalls has shared another video for the track “It Don’t Get Old,” which features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and renowned session guitarist Waddy Wachtel. Peter Frampton also plays on the track but doesn’t seem to appear in the visual. You can watch the hilarious video above.
Although Smalls didn’t sing lead much in Spinal Tap, his singing voice sort of sounds like Otto from "The Simpsons," a character Harry Shearer voices. As Rolling Stone reported, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) star-studded cast also includes David Crosby, Dweezil Zappa, Don Fagen of Steely Dan, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Rick Wakeman of Yes and guitar wizards Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.