21 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Post-Apocalypto is the kind of gloriously silly concept album that only Tenacious D could make. Comedic duo Jack Black and Kyle Gass are forced to navigate a post-apocalyptic wasteland, trying to “survive and thrive” in a world populated by dragons and gorgons (“HOPE”), finding themselves torn over repopulating Earth (“MAKING LOVE”), and even meeting a sensitive cyborg (“ROBOT”). The music, once again, swings between acoustic power ballads full of over-the-top ’70s pomp and heavy rockers powered by Dave Grohl on drums. (They also throw in a goofy hip-hop jam, complete with Auto-Tuned crooning.) And despite its hilarious end-of-the-world premise, this wild tale closes on an unexpectedly earnest note—though no spoilers here.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Post-Apocalypto is the kind of gloriously silly concept album that only Tenacious D could make. Comedic duo Jack Black and Kyle Gass are forced to navigate a post-apocalyptic wasteland, trying to “survive and thrive” in a world populated by dragons and gorgons (“HOPE”), finding themselves torn over repopulating Earth (“MAKING LOVE”), and even meeting a sensitive cyborg (“ROBOT”). The music, once again, swings between acoustic power ballads full of over-the-top ’70s pomp and heavy rockers powered by Dave Grohl on drums. (They also throw in a goofy hip-hop jam, complete with Auto-Tuned crooning.) And despite its hilarious end-of-the-world premise, this wild tale closes on an unexpectedly earnest note—though no spoilers here.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
85 Ratings
85 Ratings
kbpicture

Huge Tenacious D fan!

Tenacious D,
I've been a loyal follower since day one. I was there when people thought the Pick of Destiny was trash. I converted so many people who are now followers of the D. But I'm sorry to say, this new album is NOT what we want to hear from the greatest band in the world. Both KG and JB are the nicest, most talented people ever but the continuous sexual content to support a horrible animated theme is just not the D. Being funny is one thing but being true to the music is more important. I was hoping the animated series was a joke and the real album was gonna be released. I'm going to still hope this happens. I will see you guys at the Hollywood Palladium and hope for the best. I'm sure it will be a great time. Just please don't do the entire new album. Thanks.
JKB

Agreeadvs

Lost me

Sorry jack but you're not the same 😔

Vrtatrnz

Crap

No stars given

About 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 "Fuck 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

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1994

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