Tenacious D Goes Undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter

On this episode of "Actually Me," Tenacious D goes undercover on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and more sites. What does Tenacious D mean? What song is 'Tribute' a tribute to? Watch Tenacious D in their 6-part animated series Post-Apocolypto, available to watch on YouTube, and catch their latest album out on Columbia Records on November 2nd.

Released on 11/1/2018

Credits

Starring: Jack Black and Kyle Gass

Transcript

00:00
Hi, I'm Kyle Gass.
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And I'm Jack Black.
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We are Tenacious D
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and we're goin' undercover on the internet
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because this is Actually Me.
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[Kyle] We.
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[Jack] Tenacious D.
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[keyboard keys clacking]
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Reddit!
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[dramatic pop piano music]
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[Kyle] First question!
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[Jack] What is the most Tenacious D song
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the D has to offer?
00:22
You know, like, what song comes to mind
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when you hear Tenacious D?
00:25
Well, I think this is easy.
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It's so easy-- It's so easy.
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And it's obviously the first song we ever wrote, Tribute.
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It encapsulates what we're all about.
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Yeah.
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There's a little bit of Zeppelin.
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There's a little bit of Devil Went Down to Georgia.
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[laughing] Yeah, yeah.
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There's that old parable, the Robert Johnson,
00:43
where you go down and you meet the devil
00:45
and you challenge him to a battle.
00:47
It really set us on our course.
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And, you know, it's about being the greatest band
00:51
in the world in our own minds,
00:53
and therefore opening the keys to the universe,
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if you believe in yourself and your dreams.
00:59
[Kyle laughing]
01:00
Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground.
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Yahoo! Answers.
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[dramatic pop piano music]
01:08
It's actually me.
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It's actually we.
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What does Tenacious D mean?
01:16
I'm a fan of the band and I was wondering,
01:18
what does the name of the band mean
01:20
and is there any background meaning?
01:22
Well, it was taken from a sporting term, initially.
01:25
Tenacious Defense.
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But over the years and decades,
01:28
it's taken on so many meanings:
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Tenacious, um, Dormitory,
01:33
[Kyle laughing]
01:34
Tenacious Dumbass, Tenacious Domicile.
01:38
It's a dumb name for a band.
01:39
[Kyle laughing]
01:40
But we're stuck with it
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because how you gonna change the band now?
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That'd be like changing your name
01:45
from The Police to, like, Sting.
01:47
It doesn't work.
01:49
Next! Zoinks!
01:50
[Kyle] What's a cool gamertag for Xbox
01:52
that has to do with Tenacious D and the pike of destiny?
01:55
Master exploder.
01:56
Master exploder is probably taken,
01:58
so I go Master Exploder 5000.
02:00
[Kyle] Yeah.
02:01
Or, Master Exploder 666,
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as many sixes as you need until it's not taken.
02:06
Submit.
02:07
Quora.
02:08
[dramatic pop piano music]
02:11
Seriously, it's me.
02:12
What is the best way for me to acquire
02:14
backstage tickets to a Tenacious D concert?
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[laughing] Well, in the old days,
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of course you'd have to give us a compliment.
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But, now a days--
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First of all, there's no backstage tickets.
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We've got very strict no one backstage rules,
02:27
we need to focus and concentrate.
02:29
After-show passes are sometimes available
02:31
to friends and family and that's a hot potato.
02:34
Too hot now.
02:35
I have nothing to do with any of that.
02:36
[Kyle] Neither do I.
02:37
Posted!
02:38
Who were the musicians who recorded
02:40
the Tenacious D album, The Pick of Destiny?
02:43
Well, that's not oft-asked.
02:44
Well, aside from me and Kyle,
02:46
obviously, we play our own instruments,
02:49
but we had an all-star cast.
02:52
We had Meat Loaf singin' a song.
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We had Ronnie James Dio.
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We had Dave Grohl on the drums, also playing Satan.
03:00
[Kyle] Yeah.
03:01
[Jack] We had Sasquatch.
03:03
[Kyle] Which is not an easy get.
03:04
Just want to let you know.
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John Konesky on electric guitar, John Spiker on bass,
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and that's it.
03:11
[Kyle] Yeah, that's it.
03:12
Mighta had that dude from Phish
03:13
playin' a couple keys, right?
03:14
[Kyle] Page McConnell from Phish jumped in.
03:17
Sorry, GQ.
03:18
Kyle's new to this sort of thing.
03:20
[Kyle] Tribute by Tenacious D is a tribute to what song?
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[Jack] So, me and my friend are arguing over
03:24
if this song is dedicated to One by Metallica
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or Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
03:28
Look, they're wrong, both of them are wrong.
03:31
I mean, we had influence, obviously,
03:33
there's influence from Zeppelin
03:34
because we used some of their chords, not enough to sue us.
03:37
[Kyle laughing]
03:38
And also, there's influence of Metallica One
03:41
'cause we were listening to that at the time
03:43
of the recording of the original version of this song,
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but neither of them are what we're referencing
03:48
when we sing about, This is a tribute,
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we can't remember what the original song was.
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That's the whole point.
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We can't remember what that song
03:55
was that we beat the devil with.
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We didn't beat him with a cover,
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we came up with a new song, we wrote a song on the spot,
04:01
improvisational, to beat the devil
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and it was the greatest song in that moment,
04:05
but we can't remember it.
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That's the point of the song.
04:07
Am I right?
04:07
Yeah, that's it, yeah. I gotta be right.
04:10
It's actually me!
04:11
In the Tenacious D song, Kielbasa,
04:14
the lyrics include the line,
04:15
Dianetics Junior much better than Krishna.
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What is Dianetics Junior and why is it better than Krishna?
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Well, Dianetics Junior is off-shoot of Scientology
04:26
that focused more on the Dianetics book
04:28
and it's a combination of Dianetics and Dinosaur Jr.,
04:33
which is one of the greatest 1990s alt-rock bands.
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When you put those two together,
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it's like the best motherfuckin' religion.
04:41
It's better than Krishna,
04:43
which is also very high on the list
04:45
of greatest airport dancing bands.
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Blast that!
04:50
[Kyle] What is the origin of the idiom face melting?
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There was a guitar tech guy at Guitar Center.
04:58
He was just, like, a stoner from up north
05:00
and he was like, Oh man, you guys gotta,
05:03
oh you would not believe, because I saw Yes back in '79.
05:07
Face melter.
05:09
And I took it and I stole it
05:10
and I ran with that straight to the bank.
05:13
Always have your eyes and ears open for golden,
05:16
fortunate nuggets of wisdom.
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[Kyle] Twitter.
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[dramatic pop piano music]
05:24
Why did Tenacious D make
05:25
a heavy metal band with acoustic guitars?
05:28
Well, Kyle taught me the ways.
05:30
It's similar to the way that a Kung Fu Master
05:32
teaches a disciple, on the acoustic guitar
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because it is the purist form of guitaring.
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We're deadly; more powerful, more hard rock
05:44
than any electric guitar could ever be.
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I don't know why I put so many smarmy sauce on it,
05:48
but it's true.
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[Kyle] Look, right at the end.
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@JackBlack: Goosebumps 2!?
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Dude!
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I can't wait!
05:56
Also, another possible Tenacious D movie?!
05:59
Is it true?!
06:00
Goosebumps 2 is happening.
06:03
As far as I know, I'm not part of the marketing.
06:05
I don't know if I'm in the poster or in the movie at all.
06:07
And also, another possible Tenacious D movie?
06:10
It is true!
06:11
Oh yeah.
06:12
It's an animated masterpiece.
06:13
That we did everything on.
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We wrote it, directed it, we did the cartoons,
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we did the music, we did all the voices.
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And so, in a way, this is more our baby
06:24
than anything we've ever done, including Pick of Destiny.
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It's actually pure now.
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This actually fucking pure motherfuckin' D.
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Motherfuckin' D.
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[computer tweets]
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And enter.
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Wikipedia.
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[dramatic pop piano music]
06:38
[Kyle] Jack Black and Kyle Gass, so far, perfect.
06:41
True.
06:42
Inititally met in Los Angeles, true.
06:44
In '85, not true.
06:45
[Jack] Wait a second, wait a second.
06:47
I was a senior in high school when I first met you,
06:49
you don't remember because you were
06:51
in love with a woman at the time
06:52
and you were singing to her.
06:53
But I was there in the room with you
06:55
and I believe that was 1986.
06:57
[Kyle laughing]
06:58
But close, close, 1986.
07:00
Black admits the duo did not see eye-to-eye
07:02
due to animosity between the two,
07:05
as Gass was the main musician for The Actor's Gang
07:08
and felt threatened by Black.
07:10
I think that's all true.
07:11
I think that's all true. [laughing]
07:12
The Actor's Gang traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland
07:14
for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1989.
07:17
True.
07:18
The two became friends during the trip
07:19
and eventually became best friends
07:21
with Black regularly visiting
07:23
Gass' Cochran Avenue studio apartment,
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in the deal that Gass would teach Black
07:28
to play guitar in return for food,
07:31
mainly from fast food chain Jack in the Box.
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I gotta say, every word of that whole thing is true.
07:37
[Kyle laughing]
07:38
We called it Jack in the Crack, back in the day
07:40
and our go-to was the two tacos for a dollar.
07:44
[Kyle] Yeah.
07:45
I mean, we were--
07:46
One dollar for two delicious tacos.
07:47
We were on a budget then.
07:48
But, if we really wanted to splurge,
07:51
we'd go with the Monster Tacos,
07:53
that included a little extra lettuce and salsa.
07:55
But the jury was out if they were actually better.
07:57
Dude, I don't think we should
07:58
eat those artery cloggers anymore.
08:00
Those days are gone.
08:01
We're no longer young bucks, chowin' down.
08:06
[Kyle] IMDb.
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[dramatic pop piano music]
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It says here that I was born July 14th , Bastille Day
08:12
[muffled] in 1960
08:14
in Walnut Creek, California, USA.
08:17
Well, that's obviously incorrect.
08:18
I think it was '70.
08:19
Kyle, there's nothing to be ashamed of there.
08:21
I'm not ashamed--
08:22
You're ashamed of being born in 1960.
08:24
It's, like, one of the best years to be born.
08:27
We're both children of the '60s, after all.
08:29
Kage born in 1960, me born in '69, motherfucker!
08:33
Nothin' wrong with that.
08:35
Birth name: Kyle Richard Gass, that's correct.
08:37
Nicknames: lotta nicknames.
08:39
Kage, KG, Rage, Klip Calhoun.
08:42
But none of those are what Jack calls me.
08:44
I call you a combo, Rage Kage.
08:46
Rage Kage. Or, Raj Kaj.
08:49
Spelled with Js.
08:50
[Kyle] My heigth is 5'9, 1.75 meters.
08:54
It's funny that you say your heigth
08:56
because I think it's height.
08:57
Okay, my IMDb trade marks.
08:59
Starts speaking in a slow, quiet tempo
09:02
and begins to sing in a faster, louder cadence.
09:05
Like, that's not me.
09:06
I don't do that.
09:07
I just did it right now and it didn't feel right.
09:10
Often plays slackers or sloppy infantiles.
09:13
[Kyle laughing]
09:14
They couldn't even hear because you were laughing so hard.
09:17
I don't know what the fuck that means.
09:18
Sloppy, like, child, boy-men?
09:20
[Kyle] Not just a--
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I guess it's true.
09:22
It's true.
09:23
Expressive eyes, eyebrows.
09:25
Oh, well, that's fuckin' absolutely true.
09:26
Stocky frame.
09:28
Duh.
09:29
You're battin' a thousand on IMDb.
09:29
Fuckin' assholes.
09:32
[Kyle] Youtube.
09:33
[dramatic pop piano music]
09:35
I got, like, a twunski.
09:36
Oh, a twunski, that's cool.
09:37
[Kyle] Is that Val Kimer in the background
09:39
at the end of The Roadie video?
09:41
Oh, yeah.
09:42
It is. Fuck yeah, it is.
09:44
Val Kilmer, a great friend to the D,
09:47
threw down some tasty ass cameos
09:50
and more for the D over the years.
09:52
My favorite?
09:53
To Be the Best.
09:54
To Be the Best, yeah.
09:55
Dude, he really threw down some sausage,
09:57
saucy, tasty acting morsels for us and we love him deeply.
10:04
Well, that was great.
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I'm glad that we had a chance
10:05
to clear up some of that stuff.
10:06
We really answered
10:07
a lotta great questions with great answers.
10:10
Yeah, thanks for those great questions.
10:12
Anyway, that's me and KG, Tenacious D.
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Over and out.
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Slam that shit shut, Kage.
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[driving rock music]