In 2007, Spinal Tap fan Coleman Hickey made a Lego video for a Spinal Tap song and posted it on YouTube. The video, made for the song, “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” gained quite a few fans, including the band itself.
The classic heavy metal parody act, consisting of Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, were so enthralled by the piece that they showed it at shows throughout their recent Unwigged and Unplugged tour.
But recently, when Spinal Tap wanted to include the video on their upcoming DVD release, Lego Systems, the company behind the children’s toy figures, balked. “We love that our fans are so passionate and so creative with our products,” said Julie Stern, a Lego Systems spokesperson. “But [the song] had some inappropriate language, and the tone wasn’t appropriate for our target audience of kids six to 12.”
Granted, there are numerous, much more objectionable Lego videos on the internet…
“YouTube is a less commercial use,” said Stern. “But when you get into a more commercial use, that’s when we have to look into the fact that we are a trademarked brand, and we really have to control the use of our brand, and our brand values.”
The new DVD chronicling the 2007 Unwigged and Unplugged tour comes out Sept. 1st.
Check out the offending video below.
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