November 4th saw the release of Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, a biopic detailing the early life and career of the titular comedy musical icon. In it, audiences see Al (Daniel Radcliffe) go from being an unknown accordionist to the man who would literally change music forever as he becomes famous, outsells the Beatles, dates Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood), fights against Pablo Escobar (Arturo Castro) and ultimately goes down in history as an unlikely rock ‘n roll legend. The film is, of course, almost entirely fictional, but one would expect no less from the music’s leading parodist.
Nevertheless, The story of Al Yankovic It might not be the weirdest musical biopic out there. In 2006, Jack Black and Kyle Gass published their own origin story, in which they formed “the most amazing band in the world,” robbed the Museum of Rock and Roll History, met Sasquatch, got involved in a car chase with the Los Angeles Police Department and eventually they had a rock. -Away with Satan himself (Dave Grohl). the movie was called Tenacious D in The Choice of Fateand while it fell short of the band’s expectations, it remains a hallmark of their catalog and a cult classic among fans.
Tenacious D’s Story
Black and Gass met when they were both members of The Actors’ Gang theater company in the late 1980s. The two bonded over a shared love of music, with Gass teaching Black how to play guitar. They eventually began collaborating on songs and named their group Tenacious D. Their act became popular enough in the Los Angeles comedy scene that they starred in their own series for HBO, which aired three episodes between 1997 and 2000 and would be the template for much of The choice of destiny. The D’s self-titled first album released in 2001 to critical acclaim, establishing them as a fresh new voice in comedy music.
The choice of destiny would take a different approach to his story. It introduces fans to a young JB (Black) who dreams of rock ‘n roll stardom against the wishes of his devoutly religious family. Inspired by a vision of Ronnie James Dio, Black escapes to Hollywood, where he meets KG (Gass), a talented busker who agrees to teach JB the ways of rock. The two soon become friends, and after learning they share identical birthmarks, they realize they were destined to form a band that will change music forever. This is how Tenacious D was born.
However, rock stardom doesn’t come overnight and the boys must pay their rent. They soon learn the legend of the Pick of Fate, an ancient guitar pick forged from the devil’s tooth that grants anyone who uses it prodigious musical ability. Borrowing a car from his friend Lee (JR Reed), Tenacious D sets out to get the POD back, win their local open mic contest, pay the rent, and of course, become a band like never before.
The choice of destiny it was meant to be the beginning of a series of Tenacious D movies that the band wanted to make. Unfortunately, despite a heavy promotional blitz from Black and Gass, the film was a box office bomb, finishing its theatrical run with a $13 million gross against a $20 million budget. Black and Gass were devastated by the poor attendance for the film and feared that their band’s time in the sun was coming to an end.
Rize of the Fenix proved that Tenacious D could not be held down
Fortunately, you can’t hold back a good band. Tenacious D’s third album, Phoenix sizewas released in 2012, with songs commenting The choice of destinyThe financial failures of Black and Gass and the divergent careers of Black and Gass. Although it was not received as positively as the band’s first album, Phoenix size it sold well enough to show that the D was still a force to be reckoned with. However, a true successor to The choice of destiny He was still very much on Black and Gass’ minds, and fans finally got to see him in 2018.
Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypse it saw the band return to their storytelling roots while continuing to write rock tunes. Released as a six-episode miniseries, post apocalypse he painted Black and Gass as survivors of a nuclear holocaust, sailing through the wasteland of America alongside a two-headed dog named Hope. The series seemed focused on establishing a homespun aesthetic: the script was largely improvised with Black and Gass doing all the voices, and the story was presented in animations drawn by Black himself. post apocalypse it would later be adapted into a graphic novel, while the individual episodes were assembled into an hour-long video on YouTube.
Tenacious D’s career arc has been something of a roller coaster, but ultimately one of triumph. Despite initially failing at the box office, The choice of destiny it has since become a cult classic and remains a highlight in the couple’s storied journey. Regardless of what the future holds for Jables and Rage Kage, fans will no doubt be there to wow them while cracking up.