Listen to Tenacious D’s Pre-‘Tribute’ Breakup Ballad: Premiere

Before they wrote the greatest song in the world – then forgot it, and wrote a tribute to it – Persistent D tried their hand at a breakup ballad.

Jack Black and Kyle Gass reflect on their songwriting origins and rise to stardom in Tenacious D: The Road to Redemptionthe latest installment in Audible’s Words + music series. The nearly two-hour episode also features seven newly recorded catalog songs from the comedy-rock duo.

Both artists revisit their inauspicious beginnings in an exclusive excerpt from The road to redemption, which you can hear below. “I feel like the first real song we wrote was ‘Tribute,'” says Black. “But you’re right, before that there was a song, before we knew we were funny or wanted to try to be funny. This was about a breakup.”

Over an airy, melancholic chord progression, Black sings: “Once I could counsel / But now I’m lost in my own pain / The habits that caught me / And now I feel the rain / So easy to call you / So easy to die another death / I can’t seem to fall through / Won’t you warm me with your breath?”

Listen to an excerpt from ‘Tenacious D: The Road to Redunktion’

Soon he suddenly stops. “Stop. I can’t even finish the song. I hate it so much,” Black says as Gass hisses with laughter. “We wrote that song and we worked on it for hours. I didn’t like it, but I thought, ‘If we play it enough times, we’ll get the perfect version and it’ll be great.'” And it got there never.”

Black and Gass quickly abandoned the love-sick dirge and began writing their future classic “Tribute,” a stone-cold rock anthem based on an absurd meta concept. “There was something so funny about the concept that we wrote the best song in the world, but then we forgot about it,” explains Black. “We didn’t record. So what we did was we wrote this song as a tribute to the song that we forgot.”

You can listen to the full episode of Tenacious D: The Road to Redemption on Audible now.

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