The Most Awesome Band in the World
By Geeky Gem
As you can see from my eariler blog I love Tenacious D, as does Hmdbeefnuts its funny that we didn’t even know that we both liked The D, until the release of The Best video a few months ago. Here we are going to cover the movie Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny and the album that came with it. Then I will move on to the new album Rize of Fenix.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny came out in cinemas back in 2006 and was a comedy/rock musical set in the 1990s, starring The D, an excellant American comedy rock duo that features Jack Black and Kyle Gass. It is directed by musician and puppeteer Liam Lyuch. All three of them are also listed as the writers of the film. It follows the story of the birth of The D, with catchy songs included but I will come to those later.
The movie starts with a young J.B being told by his father (Meat Loaf) that he is not allowed to rock while living at home. J.B has a converstaion with his poster of Dio and decides to run away to Los Angeles, were he meets K.G who is playing guitar on the beach. Thus begins the story and legend of The D.
They discover in order to become the greatest band in the world they need a guitar pick that all other great bands have. From AC/DC to Van Halen, when they go looking for this pick, they are told it is The Pick Of Destiny, and so the road trip to destiny begins.
Now I have seen this movie, a lot and although Hmsbeefnuts is not a huge fan of the movie I think it fits The D down to a T. it’s funny, edgy and full of brilliant songs which I shall talk about now.
The soundtrack to this movie has 15 songs on it, some are just skits and are quite short but are used in the movie to join scene’s up. The D started recording songs for the soundtrack of the film, their second studio album, The Pick of Destiny after J.B had filmed King Kong. The album has John Konesky and John Spiker from Trainwreck on electric guitar and bass respectively. With the fantastic addittoin of Dave Grohl again on drums, he also lent vocals to “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)” as well as acting in the film, as Satan. Dave Geohl can also be seen in the video for The Best which is the first song taken from The D’s new album Rize of the Fenix which leads us nicely on to this.
I have just got my hands on The D album Rize of Fenix and have so far listened to it on repeat a dozen or so times. This album has 12 songs on and a few skits, with J.B getting a teacher in for K.G to improve his rock. When To Be The Best was relased on Youtube it was a six minute video that documents the uncertain future Tenacious D faced after the box-office failure of The Pick of Destiny, KG’s subsequent breakdown and incarceration in “an institution”, and Jack’s embracing of an indulgent Hollywood lifestyle. This short movie features numerous cameo appearances, including Maria Menounos, Val kilmer, Dave Grohl (as I mentioned earlier), Yoshiki Hayashi, Josh Gorban, Tim Robbins and Jimmy Kimmel. In fact just as a treat I will post the video below. Dave Grohl again plays drums on this album as the band is a long time friend of his. To be honest, this album is really good, and gets better after every listen.
Here for your viewing pleasure is the video for To Be The Best.
And there we have it the tale of the greastest band in the world. I am going away now to watch all the things that Hmsbeefnuts told you about. Long live The D.