February 4, 2023

“This isn’t the best track on the earth,” Tenacious D sang on their largest hit, “No, that is only a tribute.”

Ah, however what a tribute. The genius of Jack Black and Kyle Gass — other than face-melting guitar abilities and a lead singer that may sound just like the voice of the angels or Devil himself on any given line — has all the time been their pleasure within the music: even when it’s not the music they’re enjoying, and even when it was written by another person. These dudes love rock and roll.

That love comes out of their reside reveals, which are typically celebrations of their influences as a lot as they’re displays of music by Tenacious D. Few artists have spent as a lot time working towards such all kinds of covers. In that spirit, we’ve collected 10 of their most thrilling performances of different individuals’s music, together with that superior current cowl of Chris Isaak’s “Depraved Recreation.”

Are these renditons trustworthy? Typically. Youngster-appropriate? Positively not. However they only may be the best covers on the earth.

Wren Graves
Information Editor

10. Black Sabbath: “Heaven and Hell”

Within the annals of Tenacious D lore, one man looms as a God above all others: Ronnie James Dio. Most individuals don’t adore his contributions to Black Sabbath over Ozzy Osbourne’s, however then, Black and Gass are usually not most individuals. Tenacious D have coated “Heaven and Hell” over a dozen instances throughout their lengthy careers, however we’re keen on this model from Dio’s personal 2002 video for “Push,” which, whereas quick, pays tribute to the “bringer of reefer” and wraps with an look by the person, the parable, the legend, the Dio himself. — W.G.

09. Nirvana: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Is Tenacious D’s cowl of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” standard? Not within the slightest. However is it heaps of enjoyable? Rattling proper it’s. Carried out at Rock in Rio in 2019, The D invited Brazilian bass extraordinaire Junior Groovador to put down a cool jam earlier than launching into the grunge tune. From there, they preserve the funk-level (and fun-level) maxed out whereas Jack Black channels his interior Kurt Cobain and modifications the lyrics to slot in Groovador’s identify. Nirvana purists would possibly bemoan the silliness of all of it, however for such a monumental, frankly overplayed track, why not have just a little enjoyable with it? — Jonah Krueger

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