Hero of the day: Derek Smalls

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Derek Smalls.

Job Bass player, pipe smoker and peacemaker in Spinal Tap.

Special powers Deadpan delivery, monster basslines and getting stuck in giant pod like devices.

He said "We’re very lucky in the band in that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel, they’re like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They’re two distinct types of visionaries, it’s like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water."

They said ‘"Do you have any artificial plates or limbs?" Just before pulling a cucumber wrapped in tinfoil out of his trousers.

Finest hour The magical exchange between Smalls and DiBergi.

Marty DiBergi: Do you feel that playing rock ‘n’ roll music keeps you a child? That is, keeps you in a state of arrested development?

Derek Smalls: No. No. No. I feel it’s like, it’s more like going, going to a, a national park or something. And there’s, you know, they preserve the moose. And that’s, that’s my childhood up there on stage. That moose, you know.

Marty DiBergi: So when you’re playing you feel like a preserved moose on stage?

Derek Smalls: Yeah.

Did you know? Harry Shearer who plays Derek Smalls is actually the voice for Principle Skinner on The Simpsons? You did? Well, did you know he also did the voices for Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Rev. Lovejoy and Dr. Hibbert?

Why we love him He’s the cool one to like in Spinal Tap. He does voices on The Simpsons. He was amazing in A Mighty Wind. What isn’t to like about him?

Derek Smalls on YouTube