This MTV-banned video finds Dave Grohl and Jack Black as trucker dudes who rent a motel room, crank up the Foo Fighters' One by One single "Low" and tear everything apart. But not before dressing up in drag, smacking each other's asses and spewing chunks. Black also appeared in the Foos' "Learn to Fly" and "The One" clips, but this is the best of the bunch.
Catch Jack Black's hard-rocking brand of hysteria in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Tuesday, July 30 on Fuse at 3:30p/2:30c and again at 11p/10c. Use the Channel Finder to find Fuse in your area.
In his breakthrough acting role, Jack Black practically stole the movie as a loud-mouthed but well-meaning record store clerk. There are a lot of highlights, but the most hysterical moment has to be his dance to Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine."
After ejecting a co-worker's Belle & Sebastian cassette ("What the f-ck is this? It sucks ass!"), he presses play on the New Wave hit and ecstatically dances around the store. But what could have been a mere John Waters rip-off becomes so much more when Black starts simulating some dirrrrrty lovin' while boogying to the beat.
Black's appearance in the fictitious rock biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a knockout send-up of Paul McCartney. The scene takes place during the Beatles' famous trip to India to learn meditation from the Maharishi back in 1968. But despite that spiritual setup, the scene finds the Fab Faux bickering with each other until dropping LSD and turning into Yellow Submarine-esque cartoons. But before that, Black spoofs Macca shutting down George Harrison's burgeoning songwriting skills with this incredible put-down: "You are the quiet one, so why don't you shut the f-ck up?"
Tenacious D's Spike Jonze-directed music video for "Wonderboy" from their debut album reveals the group's semi-comprehensible origin story. Like Spinal Tap's best songs, this works as a knockout hard rock jam and a parody at the same time. The nonsense mythos ("High above the Mucky Muck are castles made of clouds") recalls Uriah Heep and Blue Oyster Cult while the cheesily delightful chorus is legitimately fun to headbang to. And "mind bullets"? That's just genius. If this had come out in the '80s, it would've been a Top 20 hit.
When Tenacious D hopped from our headphones to the big screen in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, they brought some serious rock royalty with them. The "Kickapoo" opening sequence shows a young Jack Black interrupting his God-loving parents' dinner with a seriously twisted song about dragons and sex. After his strictly religious father—played by Bat Out of Hell wailer Meat Loaf—whoops his son's ass and chastises him in Rocky Horror-style song, the young metalhead is crushed. At least until metal god Ronnie James Dio springs to life from a poster on his wall and charges JB to quest to form "the world's most awesome band."Spoiler alert: He succeeds.