This Is Spinal Tap: The 'skeleton' t-shirt worn by Christopher Guest as Nigel 'Tuffy' Tufnel,
1984, black with printed green design, with two colour stills and certificate of authenticity
'This Is Spinal Tap', released in 1984, is a US spoof 'rockumentary', a loving satire on the behaviour and excesses of certain rock bands. It was directed by Rob Reiner, who appears in the film as Marty Di Bergi, the maker of the documentary, filming the fictional British rock group, Spinal Tap, on their 'Smell The Glove' 1982 tour of the USA.
This T-shirt features in the scene in which Nigel discusses with Rob Reiner how the controls on his guitar amplifier are set to go to a maximum of '11', rather than the standard '10'. As Nigel explains to the bemused Di Bergi, '...it's very special because, as you can see, the numbers all go to 11, right across the board...It's one louder...You're on ten on the guitar, where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere...If we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? (Put it up to) 11!'
Although only a modest success initially, following its release on video the film became something of a cult classic and in 2002 it was deemed to be 'culurally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the US Library of Congress and chosen for inclusion in the United States National Film Registry.