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Tenacious D

Rightfully hailed as "the greatest band on Earth," the super-sized acoustic metal/comedy duo Tenacious D was an unlikely success story. Actually, Tenacious D was probably so successful precisely because they were so unlikely: few people would imagine that two chunky guys bashing on acoustic guitars, singing songs like a tribute to the greatest song in the world (because they forgot how the greatest song in the world went after conquering the Devil with it) became one of the biggest cult bands of the late '90s and 2000s. But the sheer charisma, humor, and energy -- not to mention inspired songwriting -- of singers/guitarists/actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass (aka JB, Jables, KG, and Kage, among other aliases) took them from L.A.'s underground comedy scene to their own series on HBO and a major-label album deal.

The crazed, wide-ranging sense of humor and intensity that Black brought to Tenacious D also made him a sought-after character actor, appearing in films like Bob Roberts, The Cable Guy, and Saving Silverman; Gass' film career includes supporting roles in Jacob's Ladder, Idle Hands, and Evolution. Similarly, the D's act showcased Black's theatrical, versatile vocals and Gass' deft support on the guitar in seemingly stream-of-consciousness songs about smoking pot, the duo's musical and sexual prowess, and subjects straight out of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as in equally absurd and inventive sketches.

The duo met at an acting class and began playing together in 1994, making their live debut later that year at Al's Bar, playing just one number, the aforementioned homage to the world's greatest song, "Tribute." In the audience that night was comedian/actor David Cross, who invited Black and Gass to appear with him and other like-minded performers such as Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo in a series of alternative comedy shows. The D soon headlined shows at venues like Pedro's and Largo, planting the seeds of a die-hard cult following; not even their inauspicious film debut in 1996's Bio-Dome slowed their momentum. The following year, their appearances on Bob Odenkirk and Cross' brilliant HBO sketch comedy program Mr. Show With Bob and David and a 1998 performance of "Sex Supreme" -- which sang the praises of a ménage à trois with KG and JB -- on Saturday Night Live hinted at the duo's just-beneath-the surface popularity, which began to rise into the mainstream with the group's 1999 HBO series. Though it lasted just three episodes, Tenacious D included, among other adventures, the group's search for "Inspirato," the cosmic creative force; the love triangle between Black, Gass, and a heavily pierced, Satanic clog dancer who threatened to destroy the group; and the discovery of Lee, Tenacious D's biggest fan. More of the D's brilliantly dumb songs debuted on the show, and fans began trading and auctioning video and audiotapes of Tenacious D. The duo also played opening gigs for friends like Beck, Pearl Jam, and the Foo Fighters and embarked on their first full-fledged tour; Epic won a bidding war to sign the group. In 2000, Black's popularity and prominence as an actor grew with roles in films like Jesus' Son and, especially, High Fidelity, where his turn as the larger-than-life record store clerk Barry made him a bona-fide star. Meanwhile, the group worked on a self-titled debut album with the Dust Brothers, Dave Grohl, Phish's Page McConnell, Redd Kross' Steve McDonald, and other friends.

In 2001, the D's momentum hit critical mass: The group set out on their second nationwide tour, playing significantly larger venues than before and selling out many of their dates. And, despite an attempt to recall Tenacious D at the last moment because of its back cover, which depicted two babies chained to an altar, their debut entered the charts at a surprisingly strong number 33. Meanwhile, Spumco, the production company of Ren & Stimpy mastermind John K., crafted an appropriately witty and raunchy video for the single "F**k Her Gently," and, last but not least, the duo continued work on a Tenacious D movie, The Pick Of Destiny, which was released in 2006 along with a soundtrack of new material from the dynamic duo. After the release of the film the band kept a fairly low profile, making appearances and festivals and benefits until finally making a return to music in 2012 with the release of their third album, Rize of the Fenix. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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What the f**ks up with the lyric sheet??...wh o e v e r wrote them must either be hard of hearing or Amish
SO I SLASHED HIS F**KIN COCKLES OFF WITH MY LONG AND SHINY BLAAAAADE
.___________ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .
they need to do another movie!!
alan_thompso n 4
this is so good except for the bad words i love this group
it this jack black
ima f**k all ya'll up...lets fight!!!
With a name like that I thought Tenacious D was a rapper.
So awesome the lyrics are from the radio edit....c'mo n
They are f**king cool lol!!!!!
Awesome band!!!
There f**king cool!!!
nicko252008
jack black wishes he could be king diamond. hahahahaha
song rocks 5 stars
May be time to update that bio there Pandora
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the s reen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
The best song in the world
ummmmm...I don't think those are the right lyrics...
One word...... Dope
nicko252008
Kyle Gas I the MAN, Shreds soo hard.
this is the best f**king band ever
Great song luv my faveorite song is tribute
I love tenacious D follow me for some good songs u should listen to if u like tenacious D!
Damn I have no f**king idea why it says that the flobots are anything like tenacious D?!?!?!???!? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ! ! ? ! ? ! ! ! ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? !
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
this song is about when kyle had to go to rehab
Great song!!! Haha
I think they should add The Metal by Tenacious D
instant classics
:)
lordmez
the greatest song in the world happens to be the gratest song in the world
master exploder f**king funny as hell
Man more precious than a diamond on a platinum chain is pretty...... . . . p r e c i o u s
wmfonda
That's f**kin hilariously, I've got salad in my teeth, would you get it out for me? That's f**kin teamwork!YEA H !
Dio... Hell yeah!
Loosy Goosy Baby
Why the hell is the Flobots related to these guys.
They are hilarious
do you think brendon hackett loves them???
Don't read this it actually works, On the nearest Friday you will be kissed by your love of your life however if you don't do this you will die in 2 days post this on 5 other songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters This actually works it's scary!
in the bio, they didn't mention the video game Brutal Legend that they made
I like this song
Roadie's lyrics are all wrong, but its funnier in some ways lol.
Jack Black is AWESOME! I love him ;) and Kyle I guess ★☆★
skeleton.bas u
Drive thru song doe. XD
Awesome
contreraseli z a b e t h 1 4
Play the best song in the world or I will eat your soul <3 no homo
Omgggggggg XD
Omfg this is so epicly awesome.
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