Spinal Tap is a band that exits in Pop culture as a tribute to long hair bands of the 80’s and more of a spoof. When then 14 year old Coleman Hickey created a stop-action film using Lego pieces parleying, the song “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” by Spinal Tap on YouTube, Lego made no stink about the usage of their toys. All in fun as far as they saw it. Spinal Tap is a mock documentary and Coleman Hickey’s video caught the eye of the group and were planning to put in in their new DVD. Lego is crying foul because they feel the video is not conducive to the toddler crowd they cater to. It is not age appropriate with stage diving and suggestive lyrics. Lego also feels the video has now crossed over to the commercial domain and Spinal Tap unlike Coleman Hickey would profit from it. Harry Shearer a member of Spinal Tap but also the multi-voice actor for the Simpsons got permission from many companies and even the Rolling Stones to use, “Start me Up” in the new DVD without any hassles. Lego were the only ones who stood firm and did not want their image to be associated with Spinal Tap. Shearer calls this whole incident, “It was Lego Kafka.” Coleman get those blocks ready for, The Metamorphosis.
“In a way I’m disappointed that it won’t be forever memorialized in a DVD,” Mr. Hickey said of his video. “It’s not like I was going to get any money for it, but it’s too bad. Lego has the right to do that, but it’s unfortunate that they don’t have a little more of a sense of humor.”
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