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Break Like the Wind is a 1992 album by the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The songs include a range of genres, from the glam metal anthem "Bitch School" down to the skiffle satire of "All the Way Home". The title, and the album's title track, is a double entendre that combines and confuses the idiom "make like the wind" (also possibly a reference to the Christopher Cross song "Ride Like the Wind", famously covered by British heavy metal band Saxon) with "break wind", a euphemism for flatulence.

Break Like the Wind
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Studio album by
GenreHeavy metal,[1] comedy rock
LabelMCA Records
ProducerSpinal 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
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[1]

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, and that six years after it was written, David and Nigel recorded the song in December 1961. The film recounts the two being in different bands, David 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 listingEdit

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

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
11."Clam Caravan"3:37
12."Christmas with the Devil"4:33
13."Now Leaving on Track 13 [3]" (hidden track)2:08
14."All the Way Home" (St. Hubbins, Tufnel)2:07


Spinal Tap
Additional personnel

"Break Like the Wind" samples the classical guitar piece Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Archived Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ "Writers: NOW LEAVING ON TRACK 13". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2009-12-05.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Spinal Tap Sits Down with Guitar World, Part 2