Tenacious D 'To Be Taken Seriously' With New Album

While the Tenacious D's mix of comedy and rock has led some critics to dismiss them, they are very serious about their most recent record.

Tenacious D 'To Be Taken Seriously' With New Album
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Comedy rock duo Tenacious D might have made several jokey comments about the state of rock music in their past career, but with their latest disc, "Rize Of The Fenix", it seems that the band are dead set on raising the game for contemporary rock. According to Yahoo, while the D's mix of comedy and rock has led some critics to dismiss them, they are very serious about their most recent record. As Jack Black notes: "I do love (Jack White's) 'Blunderbuss', I love the Foo, I love Tom Waits, his new record is incredible... And Gotye... But our album is better than all of those, and because we're clowns, we don't get that kind of love... In all seriousness, ['Rize Of The Fenix' is] better than any album out there right now." While "Rize Of The Fenix" features the comedy styling that fans have come to expect from the band, there are also moments of lyrical seriousness that punctuate the record: "We've dug deep for a lot of the jams, such as 'Throw Down', our major anti-organized religion song, and 'Senorita', a story about a man who falls in love with a woman who can't let go of her abusive relationship. It doesn't sound funny... We're exploring some deeper, darker material." The band reportedly have serious ambitions to crack the mainstream market and have sought advice from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on how to write a hit song. As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot." "Rize Of The Fenix" will be released on CD and download on May 15th. The record is currently streaming in full at the following location.

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    priestfan76
    Really? No one can tell that they're being ridiculous? Jack Black just claimed his album is better than any other album out right now, which is something he would say...in Tenacious D. And none of those songs are serious at all, it's just the D bein the D. And long live the D
    AaronianKenrod
    "As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."" I can see what he's saying, but most people I know know the song Tribute, and bizarrely, The Final Showdown (which wasn't a single). I think they just need to be more prolific, then they'll get noticed more. Also, his name is spelt 'Gass'.
    js81221
    Mr Brownst0ne wrote: Long live The D.
    Long live me, I've poisoned your wine!
    vinnym86
    js81221 wrote: Mr Brownst0ne wrote: Long live The D. Long live me, I've poisoned your wine!
    heh heh... i've poisoned yours... as well!
    p_a_morgan
    Serious? Did anyone actually HEAR 'Rize Of The Fenix?' It's basically 'The Pick Of Destiny' again. I love it.
    Abacus11
    Tenacious D are hilarious but they really are GOOD MUSICIANS too. KG's a pretty sick guitar player and Jack Black is a great singer. Sure, they make music mainly to make people laugh but they're also really talented guys!
    Lightning_Ray
    I've always taken the D seriously. And I really mean it. Jack's actually a good singer and the duo Kyle Gass/John Konesky already made some amazing, crunchy riffs (The Metal comes to my mind) and guitar solos. If you look beyond their attitude and lyrics, you'll see a surprisingly talented band.
    Human371
    vinnym86 wrote: js81221 wrote: Mr Brownst0ne wrote: Long live The D. Long live me, I've poisoned your wine! heh heh... i've poisoned yours... as well!
    Nooo!!!!! NO. AAAAA
    Krieger91
    I love Tenacious D and Jack Black but bigging something up like this is never a good idea in my opinion...
    Oraznatac
    AaronianKenrod wrote: "As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."" I can see what he's saying, but most people I know know the song Tribute, and bizarrely, The Final Showdown (which wasn't a single). I think they just need to be more prolific, then they'll get noticed more. Also, his name is spelt 'Gass'.
    And Spelt is spelled.
    HouseAtlantic
    If they were really serious about seriousness, I doubt they would have put a big ol wang on the cover of their album
    p_a_morgan
    priestfan76 wrote: Really? No one can tell that they're being ridiculous? Jack Black just claimed his album is better than any other album out right now, which is something he would say...in Tenacious D. And none of those songs are serious at all, it's just the D bein the D. And long live the D
    Real Life Trolls, my friend.
    ne14t
    ali.guitarkid7 wrote: I love Dave Grohl, but he's famous because he built a name for himself with Nirvana then kept making similar music after that project was done. I love the Foo's tunes, but I wouldn't ask them for advice on how to write serious stuff. I'm going to give this album a listen. I've always liked Tenacious D, and a serious direction sounds really interesting.
    You do know that Dave was playing music in bands several years before Nirvana, most notably the band scream for like 4 or 5 years. In 1992 (early Nirvana days) he put out an album titled Pocketwatch that was unrelated to Nirvana and was released under the artist name Late! Certainly wasn't riding Kurt's fame.
    elcapitan1800
    What serious record in history has the line "I fiddle with my anus" in it? Lmao I hope they are joking here...
    Lightning_Ray
    elcapitan1800 wrote: What serious record in history has the line "I fiddle with my anus" in it? Lmao I hope they are joking here...
    Well, you do have a supposedly serious record with lyrics like this one: "I will swallow your sharpest cutter / Like a colored mans dick."
    iommi600
    You know that they were not serious when they asked people to take their new album seriously, right? Yeah, seriousception.
    little_boy
    Sure that many people don't take the D's too seriously because they know that some lyrics are comical. and many think they have lots of fans just because of that. that is completely wrong imo. they have many awesome songs, musically speaking. one just has to listen tenacious D albums to notice that. of course, the lyrics are funny too (most of the times), but some songs are simply amazing in musical terms. kage is a great guitarrist, jack is a brilliant singer, he really knows how to use his voice according to the type of music they play, and they do make good music. tribute, double team, rock your socks, kielbasa, master exploder, POD, the metal, and throw down, roadie from rize are just some examples of their musical talent. I really enjoyed rize of the fenix, it wasn't a letdown at all, it is a great album
    deadlydictator
    The D could never see major radio success and i wouldnt give 2 fuks because they rock hard regardless of their mainstream success
    TJ1991
    It'd be great if they did something more serious. Tribute and Wonderboy are amazing songs, but they'd be just as great without the comedy. Kyle is a brilliant guitarist and Jack knows what he's doing when it comes to rock songs.
    shredder3386
    This album actually has some amazing songs. I wasn't sure if I was going to buy it, but after hearing Senorita I reached a resounding "**** yes."
    iommi600
    LOL at the multiple negative votes, looks like there's a massive troll/hater around
    UniformRecon
    You've had plenty of hits! Tribute, Rock Your Socks, Wonderboy, Master Exploder, Beelzeboss, and Master Exploder!
    TheLastWord
    Rize of the Fenix is an awesome album. I agree with Black whether he is joking or not
    Creepingdeth89
    I agree that the album is definatly more serious than their previous 2 albums. I was quite suprised with the result, it has a good blend of both PoD and self titled but also with new lyrical directions and a deeper dive into the roots of rock. I understand they want to be more popular, but many of their songs are already anthems, they don't need to be on the radio a few times a week to achieve that. Hopefully they get the credit they are looking for, Rize of the Fenix is an absolutley awesome album, one that sits nicely on top of their previous work.
    ljpfahey
    I can't tell if he's just performing 'the D' act and parodying the way rock stars can be very cocky, or if he's serious about going in a slightly different direction. Either way, I approve.
    UtBDan
    The album has already streamed, and its no more serious than anything in the past. Better than a lot of music out there now? For sure. But so long as they are a comedy act, they're getting what they get from the industry taking them seriously. Whether that's good or not is opinion. What's fact is JB and KG saying this isn't going to change anything.
    eibbor
    Wow! The song 39 off that album is absolutely hilarious!!! Good stuff
    AaronianKenrod
    Oraznatac wrote: AaronianKenrod wrote: "As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."" I can see what he's saying, but most people I know know the song Tribute, and bizarrely, The Final Showdown (which wasn't a single). I think they just need to be more prolific, then they'll get noticed more. Also, his name is spelt 'Gass'. And Spelt is spelled.
    I don't know where you're from but in English English spelt is a perfectly decent word.
    Wisthler
    I heard the entire album, is AMAZING, they DO deserve to be taken seriously now.
    ds24601
    Oraznatac wrote: AaronianKenrod wrote: "As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."" I can see what he's saying, but most people I know know the song Tribute, and bizarrely, The Final Showdown (which wasn't a single). I think they just need to be more prolific, then they'll get noticed more. Also, his name is spelt 'Gass'. And Spelt is spelled.
    Both are acceptable spellings. It's like learned and learnt, burnt and burned, and so on. Here in New Zealand it's spelt 'spelt'.
    Minivirus2
    As much as I'd love to believe this, I'm a tad skeptical that this will be better than anything out there right now. Here's to hoping! God knows we could use another high quality rock release right now.
    gateway01
    How do you expect me to take an album seriously when there's a penis on the cover?
    teknoman
    Maybe they should create an alternate band, something like Damon Albarn did with Gorillaz, and do not tell anybody who they are, that way they would be able to explore new "musical horizons" without being compared to Tenacious D.... just an idea.
    southpaw_tdg
    The D is like the steven colbert of music, then they say something like this and people take it serious lol. oh well. As far as i'm conserned making someone laugh is a good way to use your talents.
    iup788
    AaronianKenrod wrote: Oraznatac wrote: AaronianKenrod wrote: "As Kyle Gas muses: "I've always wanted to have one of those hits on the radio, but we haven't really been able to crack that code. I think we're trying this time a lot."" I can see what he's saying, but most people I know know the song Tribute, and bizarrely, The Final Showdown (which wasn't a single). I think they just need to be more prolific, then they'll get noticed more. Also, his name is spelt 'Gass'. And Spelt is spelled. I don't know where you're from but in English English spelt is a perfectly decent word.
    I'm pretty sure it's ok in America too.
    stonedhippos
    DoodlySquat wrote: vinnym86 wrote: js81221 wrote: Mr Brownst0ne wrote: Long live The D. Long live me, I've poisoned your wine! heh heh... i've poisoned yours... as well! Little do you know . . . MWAHAHAHAHA!
    okay, you just killed it.
    Rimfrost
    jannick wrote: better than any album out there? YES. there may be alot better singles than what the D's have come up with. i personally like tribute more than the songs on their new album. but albums as a whole. this is the best album i've heard since black ice and D-A-D's DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK.
    Yeah, D-A-Ds album was awesome!
    BoobuleeGroovin
    As far as I'm concerned The D is twice as talanted as any other rock ensamble out now because in one track I will get my mind blown as well as laugh my ass off! And to those who dismiss the band because they aren't serious, which is itself ridiculous, you might have a long sword lodged well up your ass, just sayin.