Your socks have officially been rocked off.
Since the beginning of time, 'twas written in the stones that a band would come.
Well, now that band has come, and now they're here to come again, in your earpussies.
They are but men. ROCK!
Tenacious D, also known as "The D" and modestly referred to as "The Greatest Band In the World", are an American duo formed of lead vocalist/guitarist/actor/Large Ham Jack Black
and lead guitarist/backing vocalist/Straight Man
Kyle Gass, that have been active since 1994. They are known for their use of acoustic guitars, wacky sense of humour revolving heavily around audacity
and lampooning clichés associated with Heavy Metal
and Rock & Roll
. While being a really awesome heavy metal band, just because they can
Initially performing as an "acoustic metal" duo, Black and Gass got attention thanks to their short-lived TV series Tenacious D
, which ran on HBO
in 1997. Despite being only six episodes long, the series helped bring attention to The D, and they quickly secured spots opening for Beck
, Pearl Jam
, the Foo Fighters
By the time the band signed to a label in 2000, they had a pretty high profile thanks to Black's acting work. Backed by a Dream Team
of musicians that included Dave Grohl
on drums and guitars, Oingo Boingo
guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, bassist Steve MacDonald and Phish
keyboardist Page McConnell, Tenacious D
showed the band maturing into an outright metal band while still retaining the acoustic guitars and perfecting their outrageous humour and parodies. Split between full band-reworkings of songs from the TV series, a few new songs and comedic skits, the debut blew the minds, kicked the asses (with karate!) and rocked the socks of everyone who ever heard it, and provided the band with its Signature Song
: "Tribute", a tribute to "the best song in the world" that the band played to defeat Satan but promptly forgot afterwards. It's a Long Story
In 2001, Tenacious D gained notoriety for releasing the extremely bawdy animated short music video
by Ren and Stimpy
creator John Kricfalusi
for the song "F— Her Gently" which was featured (alongside Happy Tree Friends
) in that year's annual Festival of Sick and Twisted Animation. (NSFW
, naturally enough.)
For their next project, The D decided to blow minds in the movie world as well and began working on a movie, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
. A soundtrack was also recorded, named simply The Pick of Destiny
and featuring contributions from Grohl, Meat Loaf
and Ronnie James Dio
. The film came out in 2006 and failed at the box office, probably due to Satan's intervention, while the soundtrack got a mixed but positive reception.
They've been laying low for a while but are back to blow everybody's minds once again now that their new album, Rise of the Fenix
- Affectionate Parody: Of heavy metal.
- Angel Unaware: In Tribute, Satan at least thinks the duo are angels in disguise when they manage to defeat him.
- Bowdlerise: They record clean versions of all of their songs. An example would be from "Beelzeboss" "Goddamnit Kage He's gonna make you his sex slave" becomes "Golldurnit Kage he's gonna make you his best slave"
- iTunes, along with several other sites, have opted to apply Pixellation to the very phallic phoenix on the cover of Rize of the Fenix. The cover of the physical release remains uncensored though.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Fuck you! You fucking dick! Always naysaying... everything I create. You piece of shit, You create something like inward singing! You fucking shit! You fucking sit in your tower! Fucking nap... What's funny?! YOU FUCKING BITCH! Fucking... fucker! Fucking... cock ass!
- Epic Rocking: "City Hall".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The phoenix on the cover of "Rize of the Fenix" is a penis. This hasn't gone totally unnoticed, though. For example, the cover is censored on Amazon and Spotify.
- With Karate I'll Kick Your Ass
- Intercourse with You: "Kielbasa" parodies/homages the innuendo-based Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll song by by taking the concept to it's extreme; Juice? In your Caboose?
- Large Ham: Jack, who else?
- Likes Older Women: Not necessarily older than him, but the song '39' is as touching a love song the D seem capable of making this side of 'Fuck Her Gently'.
- Metal Scream: "Master Exploder" features a few phenomenal ones. Makes sense, as the song is about this trope taken up to Make Me Wanna Shout levels.
I do not need
- The Movie: Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
- Obsession Song: "Lee", a song dedicated to their obsessive fan Lee. Yeah, you got that right, they wrote an obsession song for a fan to freak him out so he would stop obsessing over them.
- The Power of Rock
- Self-Titled Album
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Cock pushups? "I've been getting ready".
- Silent Bob: Kyle, to some extent.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Jack Black's persona parodies bragging Heavy Metal bands by being this. He's not nearly as smart, wise, or sexy as he thinks he is.
- Song Style Shift: "Double Team" changes styles about three times. "Deth Starr" changes from mellow, ethereal acoustic music to hard rock and eventually back again.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "Classico" is the trope in music form, especially since the Für Elise part.
- Stage Names: JB and KG or Jables and Kage, whichever is more metal.
- Standard Snippet: "Classico" and "Rock Your Socks" quote Bach's Bourrée in E minor.
- The Starscream: Jables and Kage in "City Hall".
- Straight Man: Kyle.
- Stylistic Suck: The "leaked" Special Effects Failure laden video to "Rize of the Fenix"
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Parodied with the "song for the ladies", "Fuck Her Gently".
- Played straight with "39" off of Rize of the Fenix. Hell, it would be a great radio song if it weren't for all the cursing and lyrics about Jack Black fingering his own anus.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Intentionally evoked.
- Training Montage: "To Be The Best"
- Vitriolic Best Buds
- Watch the World Die: "City Hall", they talk about watching the collapse of civilization from an underground bunker.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Exploding brains from Alzon to Zanzibar... to the shores of ye olde rustic Chinook!"
- X Meets Y: Described on Wait Wait Dont Tell Me as "Black Sabbath meets Simon & Garfunkel."