Interview: Tenacious D
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Tenacious D’s last album was The Pick of Destiny in 2006. In the years since they’ve been meditating – as well as working on their new album, Rize of the Fenix, a journey they describe as being “similar to that of Gandalph in The Lord of the Rings.” Ahead of their world tour, Jack Black and Kyle Gass reveal why their best audiences are in the UK – and why their new album is scientifically proven to be better than an orgasm. What has Tenacious D been up to in this time? Jack: Well we’ve been working on our meditation, a lot of meditation. There’s been a lot of time spent in the Himalayas. There’s been a lot of exercise and diet. There’s been a lot of nose to the grindstone. That’s right; I’ve been nose to the ground stoned! We put out a DVD, about three years ago. Kyle: That’s true. The Complete Master Works 2. J: This time even more completer! We’ve been working very hard to complete a masterpiece, you know. But what else have you been up to? K: I’ve made babies since last time. J: I’ve been making babies too, but I just can’t find them. K: Did you lose them? J: I don’t know where they are. Maybe we’ll find them somewhere on the road! So can you tell use a little bit about the inspiration behind the songs on this album, and a bit about your songwriting process? J: Well my inspiration was really just my children. It’s kind of like when Creed found out about his baby and he wrote all those songs about it – like ‘With Arms Wide Open’. This is kinda my Arms Wide Open album. Would you agree? K: I don’t know, that’s the first I’ve heard! J: I guess the inspiration was the haters, the non-believers, they inspired us to fight much harder. I mean, it’s definitely our comeback album. We’ve been gone for years. What was the inspiration K, besides fighting off the haters and the critics? K: Well every song has its own story really. I mean, ‘Low Hangin’ Fruit’ was inspired by sexy, you know, sex. ‘Senorita’ was inspired by sex. Okay so I guess there’s a lot of sex in there. J: The cover of the album is really a big raging boner. I guess the inspiration was orgasms. We should put orgasms on the special thanks list, I don’t know why we didn’t really. K: Not until we get more, more and better ones. J: I don’t need more, I have all the orgasms I need. K: Really? J: Well, if you have more orgasms then they’re not as good, you know that. You’ve gotta spread them out. If you’re gonna want an orgasm every night, it lessens their explosivity. You’ve got to hold off sometimes, just to have a bigger blow-out. Have you received any feedback? J: Everyone who’s heard it so far has creamed, they’ve creamed upon it. The songs are better than orgasms, it’s been proven scientifically. They’ve wired people's brains and when they listen to the album their pleasure cylinders fire on all cylinders. K, can I get your back up on this? K: I’ve read every review so far and they’ve varied about 90% positive. There was a bad one.
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