The Comic Strip Presents... This metal spoof was in production at the same time as This Is Spinal Tap.
Tap has had more long-term success but Bad News put a quintessentially
English-toilet-circuit spin onto the pretensions of musicians, heavy
metal or otherwise. Sometimes they overdid the 'we can't play our
instruments' jokes but anyone who has ever been in a band (especially
one that has been in a recording studio) will wince in recognition at
some of the studio dialogue here.
The lines 'drop me in for the
badda-das' and 'I've never had to move my arm up and down so many times
in my life' definitely passed into Johnny Domino lexicon.
Bad News - Excalibur
Bad News - Warriors Of Genghis Khan
Bad News - Hey Mr Bassman
The characters were in the main extensions of the Young Ones
archetypes - Ade Edmondson's Vim Fuego had the same barely-controlled
rage as Vyv (just slightly more coherent), Rik Mayall's Colin Grigson
was self-important, effete and pretentious in the same way as Rick, and
Nigel Planer is just as dopey being Den Dennis as he was as Neil.
It's pretty clear that the Bad News boys had been listening to the infamous, hilarious Trogg Tapes. For more band-based shenanigans see also Father Ted's A Song for Europe - "play the f**king note!"
Buy - Bad News
Visit - Bad News