INT: Tenacious D!
forget for a moment that Jack Black has become a pretty major star
in the past few years. From
recently got to sit down with the D when they stopped by The Four
Gass & Jack Black
Jack Black: Alright, were ready. Ask away.
Jack, are you more comfortable with the acting or the music?
JB: Yeah, no, there all together Thats like... what is that like, saying what do you like better?
Kyle Gass: Breathing in or breathing out.
JB: Yeah [Laughing]
God forbid this would ever happen, but if you guys had to rock off against each other to save your souls, who would win?
JB: Have we ever had a mountaintop battle?
KG: I think we did, one time.
JB: Cage match?
KG: I think we did.
JB: Um, well it depends. If Cage is gonna come at me and were gonna say, Choose your weapon. We will only use singing, my lord. [Id] probably slay him. But if he says, Step into the cage, lets go guitar battle. Cage would definitely kick my ass.
KG: Thats the title of my solo album.
JB: Step into the cage. [Laughter]
What is it about musicians that women go for?
KG: I dont know, thank God though. [Laughter] I need all the help I can get.
KG: I dont know, what is that? I think that music is somehow simulating sex. We have some sort of special touch.
JB: I think its because when you sing, automatically even if youre singing [metal voice] hard rockin, youre showing a sensitive side, artistic. And the women I think are a little attracted by the
KG: It seems like wed be good in the sack.
JB: Women are lesbians; theyre attracted to the feminine man. [Laughter]
Can you describe the ideal groupie?
KG: Mute and
JB: Mutant!?! [Laughter]
JB: Shes mute! Oh no, something horrible. Um, the ideal groupie Yeah, I dont feel comfortable answering that I have a wife and child now. [Laughter]
Hows that going?
JB: Fantastic! Fantastic!
How do you like being a dad?
JB: Excellent. Hes four and a half months, hes very cute but thats not important. Thats not whats important. Hes super funny and his personalitys filling out. Its crazy. He got his shots yesterday. Very traumatic for me, it wasnt so bad for him though. I mean, he cried and then he stopped but I continued. [Laughter]
What was the first tasty jam that you guys munched on?
JB: First tasty jam was there was a lame song Im not gonna say well, the first song we did was TRIBUTE. That was our first song we wrote and um, that was the first power jam really.
[Who] was your inspiration when you were young?
KG: The inspiration for TRIBUTE was Metallicas ONE.
JB: Thats true.
KG: Jack played it for me once
JB: I turned it on turned Kyle onto it and I said, I think theyre the best band in the world. Metallica. And I think this song is the best song in the world. And then Kyle agreed after he listened to it thrice. At first he said nay. Then he said perhaps. And then he said yeah.
KG: Yeah, it had an epic quality. As long as youre doing it, you might as well try to go for the greatest song ever.
Could you talk about the writing process? Do you do youre best writing in the morning, the afternoon, is there something that triggers ideas?
KG: Definitely a nighttime thing I think.
The crack of noon
KG: Yeah. Jack doesnt really get rolling till around two or three mentally.
Were you watching a lot of films while you were writing this? Like, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE thats a good idea.
KG: Are you saying we steal all of our [ideals]. Its an homage.
JB: Well when we were writing the script, it got to that scene and it was like, this could be a great Clockwork Orange. But we werent thinking Clockwork Orange how can we squeeze it into the movie, it just sort of naturally came up; it was a good place for an homage.
How hard was it to write this, keeping in mind [that] many may not be familiar with Tenacious D?
KG: It was definitely a challenge to sort of try to serve both the camps.
JB: Thats why we did this movie as sort of the origin episode of like a comic book where you start before there was a Tenacious D. Cause if we would have started in the middle of our existence then people would have had to do a lot of catching up. But, besides that it was really
KG: I think we tilted it more for the fans I think.
KG: Sort of hoping that people got it.
Was the Operatic format there from the beginning in your concept?
KG: Nope. No. Im not gonna comment.
JB: I got mad at Kyle in the last interview cuz he said we should have done the whole thing as an opera without any talking. I went [mock anger] What are you talking Stop saying bad things about the movie!
KG: I wasnt Its an option.
JB: Hes like, Yes, we blew it. [Laughter] Shoulda done an opera.
KG: It came out wrong it came out wrong.
JB: I digress
KG: The opening scene is mind-blowing. And its just ohhh. And then I just sometimes get a little sad when it stops.
JB: [Laughing] That song is not easy to write. To write a full opera, you gotta take your hats off to The Who, but on the other hand, that movie [TOMMY] kinda sucked. And its probably because it was an opera from beginning to end Kyle [Laughter]
KG: Im gonna put EVITA in that category too.
JB: You gotta stop and start talking at some point.
KG: I agree.
JB: Youve gotta talk and communicate without singing. Its annoying.
Can you define Fligu gigu?
JB: Well, I think youve pronounced it wrong.
[Again] Fligu gigu.
JB: Well, what is that from?
I think, TRIBUTE.
JB: Oh, Fligu Gigu.
JB: Fligu Gigu Fligu Gigu
Yeah, where do you come up with these sounds that you ?
JB: [Singing] Fligu Gigu, Gigu gigu. Gigre, gigu gigu. Yeah just sounds I like to make. [Laughter] There are no definitions. Bligi gigi bugiu ging. I guess its kind of baby talk really. Theres a lot of goo goos in there. [The spelling here may have been questionable.]
How would you describe the D? When Liam [Lynch] was asked if you were satirists, he said you were Satanists.
KG: I think it balances between some hard-rockin and having fun with the [form], the lyrics.
JB: I dont think theres any real satire in there, is there. Well we make fun of Satan; we make fun of the devil in rock a little bit.
KG: I think our commitment to the rock is funny, to me. I mean, I think theres something funny when you sort of play on the Black Sabbath, Satan thing. Which when you look back seems really funny but you dont think theres any irony in those guys but now I think, when we do it, hopefully it [occurs].
So why is Tenacious D the greatest rock band in the world?
JB: We have never said that we were the greatest rock band in the world, um, other people have said it and its always flattering. Well, the reason we are great, whatever you wanna call us I think is because of our chemistry [pronounced with the C and the H]. [Laughter]
KG: Its pronounced chem-s-tree.
JB: Kyle and I I think theres a sometimes, you get lucky. Me and Kyle stumbled upon each other and immediately it was apparent that when me and Kyle were friends that walking down the street, it was like, you know peanut butter and chocolate, lightning and thunder when were together, we are ten times the rock beast that we are alone. Were not just twice as powerful when were together, but ten times as powerful. Like a transformer, a rock transformer.
Kyle, youre also in a group called Train Wreck, is it more fulfilling to do something
KG: I started Train Wreck so I could talk on stage. [Laughter] Cuz Jack is a steam rollin muther f*cker up there. Jack is really entertaining and I was gonna say the reason it rocked so hard is Jack is awesome.
JB: Owww. Dude.
KG: Its true. You just got some great pipes and its just really fun to watch. I still enjoy watching Jack perform after a bazillion years of watching him. Its really, its fun But yeah, Train Wreck so that I could it is satisfying. But I figured out mathematically that Tenacious D is actually a thousand times more popular.
JB: [Laughing] well see, after the movie comes out.
Are you planning a tour?
JB: Yeah, were doing one when the movie opens. We actually start before the movie opens. Cuz now the movie opens on the 22nd and our tour starts on [questioning] the 17th. And so those people from the 17th to the 22nd will not know what the hell were singing about, because they will not have seen the movie.
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