Tenacious D

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Tenacious D is an American comedy rock duo that was formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1994. Composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jack Black and lead guitarist and vocalist Kyle Gass, the band has released three albums – Tenacious D (2001), The Pick of Destiny (2006) and Rize of the Fenix (2012). Tenacious D's studio releases, and (as of 2006) its live performances, feature a full band lineup, including such musicians as guitarist John Konesky and bassist John Spiker. Drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) played on every studio release.

The band first gained popularity in 1999 when they starred in their eponymous television series and began to support large rock acts. In 2001, they released Tenacious D, their debut album featuring a full band. The first single, "Tribute", was the band's most successful achieving their only Top 10 in any chart, until they released "The Metal", which was first shown at Saturday Night Live. In 2006, they starred in, and recorded the soundtrack for, the film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. In support of the film, the band went on a world tour, appearing for the first time with a full band. They released their newest album Rize of the Fenix on May 15, 2012.

Tenacious D's music showcases Black's theatrical vocal delivery and Gass' acoustic guitar playing abilities. Critics have described their fusion of vulgar absurdist comedy with rock music as "mock rock". Their songs discuss the duo's purported musical and sexual prowess, as well as their friendship and cannabis usage in a style that music critics have compared with the storyteller-style lyrics of rock opera.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Tenacious D 3.8 7
2012 Rize of the Fenix 3.65 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 The Complete Masterworks 1
2008 The Complete Master Works 2 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999-02-02: Largo, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 The Pick of Destiny 5 5
2007 More Rocktastic Music from the Film 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Tribute 3
2002 Wonderboy 3
2006 The Pick of Destiny 2
2012 Jazz 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 D Fun Pak 1
2012 Simply Jazz 1

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