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Break Like the Wind

Break Like the Wind
Studio album by Spinal Tap
Released 1992
Genre Heavy metal, comedy rock, psychedelic rock
Length 49:54
Label MCA Records
Producer Spinal Tap, T-Bone Burnett, Dave Jerden, Danny Kortchmar, Steve Lukather
Spinal Tap chronology
This Is Spinal Tap
Break Like the Wind
Back from the Dead
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

Break Like the Wind is a 1992 album by the semi-fictional band Spinal Tap. The title, from the album's title track, is a double entendre that combines and confuses the idiom "make like the wind [and blow]" (i.e. "go away") with "break[ing] wind" (a euphemism for flatulence), and samples the classical guitar piece Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.[3] The songs depict the range of genres that Spinal Tap endured, from the glam metal anthem "Bitch School" down to the skiffle satire of "All the Way Home". Originally, the CD was packaged in an 18-inch "extra-long box," as a satire against the controversial packaging policy of longboxes which was increasingly criticized as unnecessary and wasteful.

In the film This Is Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins (portrayed by Michael McKean) and Nigel Tufnel (portrayed by Christopher Guest) claim "All the Way Home" is the first song they wrote together. Six years after it was written, David and Nigel recorded the song 14 December 1961. At this point the two were in different bands, David being in the 'Creatures' and Nigel with the 'Lovely Lads'. Similarly, "The Sun Never Sweats" is implied to be the title track from their fictitious album of the same name, whose cover is shown on the packaging of the album This Is Spinal Tap.


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Track listing

All tracks by David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel & Derek Smalls except where noted

No. Title Length
1. "Bitch School"   2:50
2. "The Majesty of Rock"   3:55
3. "Diva Fever"   3:06
4. "Just Begin Again" (Duet with Cher) 4:52
5. "Cash on Delivery"   3:03
6. "The Sun Never Sweats"   4:23
7. "Rainy Day Sun"   3:42
8. "Break Like the Wind"   4:35
9. "Stinkin' up the Great Outdoors"   2:50
10. "Springtime"   4:02
11. "Clam Caravan"   3:37
12. "Christmas With the Devil"   4:33
13. "Now Leaving on Track 13 [4]" (hidden track) 2:08
14. "All the Way Home" (St, Hubbins, Tufnel) 2:07


Spinal Tap
Additional personnel

See also


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Archived Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Spinal Tap Sits Down with Guitar World, Part 2
  4. ^ "Writers: NOW LEAVING ON TRACK 13". ACE Title Search.  
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