The Pick of Destiny

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The Pick of Destiny
The Pick of Destiny cover
The cover is a reference to the Michelangelo painting The Creation of Adam.
Soundtrack album by Tenacious D
Released November 14, 2006
Recorded March–July 2005 at The Dell and 606 Studio
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, comedy rock, acoustic rock
Length 33:40
Label Epic
Producer John King
Tenacious D chronology
D Fun Pak
(2002)
The Pick of Destiny
(2006)
Rize of the Fenix
(2012)
Singles from The Pick of Destiny
  1. "POD"
    Released: October 24, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
IGN 8.4/10[6]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[9]
Spin 5/10[10]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[11]

The Pick of Destiny is the second album by American comedy rock band Tenacious D, the soundtrack for their film of the same name. The album was released on November 14, 2006, through Epic Records, and debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200.[12]

The Pick of Destiny is the band's first studio release in five years, following up their 2001 self-titled debut, Tenacious D. The album was produced by the Dust Brothers' John King, and features appearances by Meat Loaf, Ronnie James Dio and Dave Grohl. Another album, More Rocktastic Music from the Film, contains the score music that the soundtrack excludes.

Details[edit]

In the absence of original comedy skits, there are excerpts of dialogue from the soundtrack's accompanying film between numerous songs. Portions of The Pick of Destiny were recorded at Dave Grohl's studio.[13] A clean version of the album was recorded.[14]

The album was released in three separate edits: a "clean" radio edit featuring re-recorded vocals replacing foul language with non-sense words, a "dirty" edit featuring the full film versions, and a limited edition. All three versions feature clips from the movie, but some dialogue was re-recorded for the clean version. The special limited edition was released in a cardboard "old book case", which includes a digipack version of the album, a foldout poster depicting the D and Sasquatch, eight tarot cards from the film (Tenacious D, The Training, Destiny, Masterpiece, The Quest, The Divide, and Two Kings, as well as a card explaining the other cards), and a plastic replica of the Pick of Destiny. If the set was pre-ordered from the Tenacious D website, it also included a t-shirt.

Album Art[edit]

The cover features Black and Gass in the clouds in the sky, parodying Michelangelo's painting The Creation of Adam. In between the two's hands is the green pick used in the movie by the other cloud where the devil's hand is reaching to grab it. The album was banned from K-Mart and Wal-Mart because of the satanic picture.

Publicity[edit]

A short movie entitled Time Fixers was used as a promotional tool on the iTunes website. The movie starred Michael Keaton[15] and longtime collaborators Jason Reed and Paul F. Tompkins. The first half of the film was available as a free download on iTunes, while the second half could only be accessed after pre-ordering the album.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kickapoo" (Featuring Meat Loaf and Ronnie James Dio) Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Liam Lynch 4:14
2. "Classico"   Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Black, Gass, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 0:58
3. "Baby"   Black, Gass 1:36
4. "Destiny" (extract from movie) Black, Gass 0:37
5. "History"   Black, Gass 1:42
6. "The Government Totally Sucks" (Featuring Jason Reed) Black, Gass 1:34
7. "Master Exploder"   Black, Gass 2:24
8. "The Divide" (extract from movie) Black, Gass 0:22
9. "Papagenu (He's My Sassafrass)" (Featuring John C. Reilly) Black, Gass, John King 2:24
10. "Dude (I Totally Miss You)"   Black, Gass 2:53
11. "Break In-City (Storm the Gate!)"   Black, Gass, King, Lynch 1:22
12. "Car Chase City" (Featuring Paul F. Tompkins) Black, Gass, King, John Konesky, John Spiker 2:42
13. "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)" (Featuring Dave Grohl) Black, Gass, Dave Grohl, Lynch 5:35
14. "POD"   Black, Gass 2:32
15. "The Metal"   Black, Gass, Konesky 2:45
Total length:
33:40
Bonus tracks
  1. "Rock Your Socks" (acoustic) – (iTunes pre-order bonus track)
  2. "Training Medley" – (Digital Download available with Best Buy version, also available on "POD" single, and the Japanese version)
  3. "Kong" – (Japanese bonus track, also available on "POD" 7" single)
  4. "It's Late" – 8 Year Anniversary Vinyl Re-Issue Downloadable Bonus Track

Credits[edit]

Tenacious D
Additional Musicians
Production

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Pick Of Destiny OST - Tenacious D". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "The Pick of Destiny - Tenacious D". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=4308[dead link]
  4. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (2006-11-13). "The Pick of Destiny - Tenacious D". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  5. ^ McLean, Craig (2006-11-12). "Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  6. ^ Spence D. (2006-11-16). "Tenacious D - The Pick Of Destiny". IGN. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  7. ^ Shepherd, Sam (2006-11-13). "Tenacious D - The Pick Of Destiny". musicOMH. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  8. ^ Greene, Andy (2006-11-01). "The Pick of Destiny : Tenacious D : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  9. ^ Jones, Preston (2006-11-14). "Tenacious D: The Pick Of Destiny". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  10. ^ Marchese, David (2006-12-14). "Tenacious D, 'The Pick of Destiny' (Epic)". Spin. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  11. ^ Cruz, John (2006-11-14). "Tenacious D - The Pick of Destiny". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-06. 
  12. ^ Breznican, Anthony (2006-11-24). "The D is for 'Destiny'". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  13. ^ Dave Grohl: 'The Mojo Interview'
  14. ^ Smith, Ethan (2006-10-27). "Can Jack Go Back?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  15. ^ Ketchum, Lucas (2006-11-17). "Tenacious D: "The Pick of Destiny"". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  16. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2006-10-19). "Billboard Bits: Tenacious D, Gretchen Wilson, MerleFest". Retrieved 2008-02-09.