Tenacious D

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Tenacious D – Double Team (YSI)

I’ve just watched Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and I don’t think I can remember another documentary I’ve ever enjoyed so much, let alone a music film. I’d heard so much praise for the film beforehand, and every bit is true. This is like a real-life Spinal Tap (the drummer’s called Robb Reiner for a start), with hilarious interplay between the band members, be it finishing each other’s sentences, fighting or even a dial in a production suite that gets turned to 11. But along with all of this, there’s a beautiful underlying story of following your dreams – these are two 14 year old kids who decided to rock forever, and have kept that promise to each other through thick and thin, and that totally comes through in the film. But by far the truest piece of criticism that I’ve heard regards who this film is for. Whether you like metal or not, whether you care about the music or not, it doesn’t matter, this is a story about the people behind the music, and their lives are every bit as interesting, saddening and hilarious as  a character you’d expect from any “reach for your dream” piece of Hollywood schmaltz, without making you want to throw up. Overall, it’s an incredible document of human tenacity and childlike dreaming that just happens to be based around a metal band that’s been around for over thirty years, and it’s that feeling of watching people who never gave up that makes it quite so special – I can’t recommend it enough.

Tenacious D – The Metal (YSI)
Mumford & Sons – Hold On To What You Believe (YSI)
Anvil – Metal On Metal (YSI)

I have a confession to make. I really love comedy music. i know you’re not supposed to, but I always have, and a good comedy song will always be on just as much rotation on my iPod as the best new tracks. Comedy music is a much-maligned genre, sneered at for its apparent lack of authenticity and artistry. But the best comic songs will always be those with the best musical backing and the most intelligent linguistic flair, and why is that any different to the greatest “serious” music? With that in mind, here’s a little rundown of my personal favourites.

Weird Al Yankovic is the Godfather of the comedy song. He’s been making it since the ’70s, and whilst some of it misses the mark, he’s made just as much that’s just hilarious.

Weird Al Yankovic – The Saga Begins
Weird Al Yankovic – Bedrock Anthem

Tenacious D never fail to make me laugh. The ridiculously crude lyrics and their attention to detail in making some actually pretty amazing technical metal is brillaint, and their live show is truly something to behold.

Tenacious D – Master Exploder
Tenacious D – Rock Your Socks

Flight of the Conchords are relatively new on the comedy music scene, but they’ve already hit mainstream popularity and got themselves a Perrier nomination. They’re constantly commended for the quality of their songwriting, and with good reason.

Flight of the Conchords – Inner City Pressure
Flight of the Conchords – Think About It

The Lonely Island created probably the funniest song of last year in their Timbaland-aping “Jizz In My Pants”, but their collaboration with Justin Timberlake was just as amazing.

The Lonely Island – Jizz In My Pants
The Lonely Island – Dick In A Box

So there you have it, it might be immature, it might not be the height of art, but it’s bloody funny, and sometimes that’s all you need.