11/11/11: Nigel Tufnel Day (Spinal Tap) – Once-in-a-century date!

Whether you’re the superstitious type or a bit soppy for special dates in the yearly calendar, be it birthdays, anniversaries or wedding dates, some dates have particular significance within popular culture and catch people’s imagination.

Todays date is with no exception: the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of this century; 2011, or 11/11/11 — which is the same on both sides of the Atlantic for once!

The rarity of this date makes this one extra special, it only happens once every hundred years, but 11/11/11 has gained particular importance to fans of the hugely popular cult-comedy rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, with fans campaigning online to have this date christened ‘Nigel Tufnel Day’ in honour of the movie’s lead guitarist character.

The joke in the movie is delivered by the character Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) who famously boasts about the band’s extra-loud amplifiers, with volume knobs that can uniquely turn up to 11 (stating that other bands’ volume knobs can only be turned up to 10).

Enjoy this clip from the movie:

Eleven is One Louder – This Is Spinal Tap

This date also has huge significance for the members of the commonwealth who mark this date (11/11/11) with a minute silence at 11a.m. to remember those who lost their lives during World War One.

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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