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'Sex Farm' And TOTN

In March, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer graced the TOTN airwaves to talk about their Spinal Tap Unplugged tour. They played a couple of songs for us — "Never Did No Wanderin'" and "Gimme Some Money" — but that's not all they had planned. The backstory, from producer Susan Lund...

I'd asked Spinal Tap's publicist for the names of the 2 songs they had agreed to play. He didn't send the names until 20 minutes before airtime. I checked the lyrics of "Sex Farm" on Google...I thought they were clever and funny, but I had a concern about the taste factor...

Sex farm woman, I'm gonna mow you down

Sex farm woman, I'll rake and hoe you down

Sex farm woman, don't you see my silo rising high?

I sent the lyrics to Carline, Scott and Barrie and asked their thoughts - they agreed with my concern. Since the guys have a wide selection of songs to choose from, we asked for another choice.

Today, our fearless engineer, Drew Reynolds, sent us this story:

Last night during their performance at the Warner Theater here in D.C. Harry Shearer told a story about their appearance on TOTN — he said one of the show's producers here in D.C. overheard the band doing the song "Sex Farm" during soundcheck, and made a frantic call to L.A. to tell them not to play that on the show. (Is that true? I wasn't aware.) The crowd got a good laugh out of it. Harry also threw in a pitch for people to donate — "Give, people! Who doesn't need a tote bag!" He told the story in a light-hearted way. In fact, he said they'd also been given the thumbs-down on performing that song on the Jay Leno show.

Pretty flipping awesome. So check out our interview, and here's the rest of their "unwigged" tour schedule.