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Tenacious D are a Grammy award winning comedy rock duo, formed in Los Angeles, California and consist of Jack Black and Kyle Gass.

PHOTOS: Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists But with its 2006 follow-up album and origin-story movie, was released, it was a bomb/and all the critics said that The D was done/The sun had set and the chapter had closed/but one thing that no one thought about was The D would rise again/Just like the phoenix, we’ll fucking rise again.” spoke with Black and Gass to discuss what exactly goes into being and staying the “Greatest Band on Earth” and what it takes to create a successful comeback album.Among other things, the answer seems to be: plenty of patience, dedication and flatulence.The Hollywood Reporter: You’re mostly known as an acoustic two-piece but have always had sort of a heavy, hard rock attitude.What’s your technique in combining those two aesthetics? It is one of the most impressive things about The D, that we’re able to balance on that high wire between sensitivity and machismo. You’ve got to go into the rehearsal laboratory and just start jamming.Jack Black: It takes the delicate hands of a surgeon. Kyle, do you have anything intelligent to say on the subject? THR: I’ve read that is your goal with every song you write to write the “best song ever.” What goes into making the “best song ever,” and how do you know if it is that? Black: It’s just one of those things -- you know gold when you stumble upon it, when you fall into a field of gold poppies. And you’ve got to be strong because you’re going to lay out some real stinky nuggets. Many years of bad, bad, bad, bad, bad; it’s almost like a Chinese water torture, but instead of water it’s shit that’s dripping on your head.And then eventually a diamond will plop on your head, and you’ll be like, “How did we come up with this? Black: Listen, don’t get me wrong: This album is better than anything else that’s out there right now. We wanted to do a blues song for the longest time because all of our favorite bands have cracked the code on the blues at some point or another.” You know the thing about an infinite amount of monkeys? But I feel like we’ve written some masterpieces, but we still haven’t found what we’re looking for -- which is that one that’s better than all others, the ring to rule them all. But, you know, when weighed against the masterpieces of all time … I’ve really evolved.” Gass: “I’m dating a 39-year-old woman.” Black: And this is Kyle, and Kyle’s 50 years old, so it’s really nothing to write home about. And it made me mad, and it made me say, “Just start playing music right now because I’ve got a song.” And that’s what became “39.” The thing is for us, I don’t think it’s as much about looking for humor as it is looking for things that we care about. The humor just sort of takes care of itself when you run it through the D filter; it ends up being funny. THR: You express in your lyrics, and quite bluntly in “Rock is Dead,” this feeling that rock music is dead. Led Zeppelin has [“Rock and Roll”]; that is a masterpiece. But I think The D, we fit now because there was a need for someone to carry the torch that those before us have carried, like Spinal Tap before us.Well Kyle and I are an infinite amount of monkeys, and you’ve just got to have to have the patience to wait and slog and be prepared for that golden nugget when it drops on your lap. VIDEO: Tenacious D's New Video Stars Danny Mc Bride as ' The Roadie' THR: You’re talking about infinite monkeys, shit everywhere -- where do the songs actually start? But we sing about things that we feel strongly about. That's the starting point for our masterpieces: passion. Gass: We were a little bit reticent about putting out a clean version, but then we thought it would be great if the kids could hear it. If there’s some religious people out there who wish they could have a taste of The D but know it’s against their religion -- and believe me, this album is against all religion -- we wanted to give those folks a chance as well. AC/DC did “Rocker.” ZZ Top did “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” which is incredible. And before Spinal Tap, you had Cheech and Chong, and before Cheech and Chong, you had the Smothers Brothers.Are there certain subjects that suitable for The D and subjects that aren’t? I was dating a woman who was a little older than I normally date. Me and Kyle standing on a mountaintop screaming to the heavens, “We exist! A lot of times we’ll just sit there and chat about stuff and something will happen -- it’ll almost appear, and you think, “Wait, that could be something.” Black: It’s similar to a ringing bell in your brain when you’ve struck possible oil. THR: Is it mostly you riffing or is anything scripted? There’s one that Bob Odenkirk wrote for us that was scripted, but then we riffed on his skit. And another one we riffed on with no script, but then our friend JD Ryznar came in and gave us some guidance, so we gave him a credit on that one. Van Halen did “Ice Cream Man.” And so it was time for us to say, “OK, now we’re going to plant our flag in the blues.” But we couldn't think of anything that we were really sad about. It was time for someone else to pick it up, and we did.THR: The skits that you put into your albums, has there ever been any question whether or not to include them, or as actors is it just a sure thing? Black: I wanted comedy nuggets, but you know, if we didn’t have any good ones, we weren’t going to put them on. THR: A lot of bands have uniforms or guidelines to their onstage dress. And then we realized, “Wait a second, it’s right in front of our noses: Rock is dead.” And we sang the blues about that. VIDEO: Tenacious D Return With New Video, Co-Starring Dave Grohl and Val Kilmer THR: Was it hard for you to pick it back up for this new album?Gass: Yes, there was a question on this album whether to include them, but there was an overwhelming kind of demand amongst some of our peers. The sweat pants and T-shirts you go out in, are those your normal clothes or The D’s uniforms? I was thinking about bring a big stack of white T-shirts on the tour bus and then just designing my own T-shirts for each show, just based on my emotional state of the time. THR: How about recording a clean version of the album? And I think you will agree that it will go down in history as perhaps the greatest blues song since Robert Johnson plucked his fucking six-string down at devil’s lane, the crossroads. Six years after the last release, with various acting work and musical projects, was it hard to dig in and get back into it?

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