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 Comedy rock, heavy metal, hard rock, acoustic rock, rock opera
Length 33:46
Label Epic
Producer John King
Tenacious D chronology
D Fun Pak
The Pick of Destiny
Rize of the Fenix
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 number 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.


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 guitar pick used in the movie to defeat the devil, who's arm is pictured below them. The album was banned from K-Mart and Wal-Mart because of the satanic picture. Despite the actual CD not being stocked, Wal-Mart still carries the album sheet music book, movie poster and the 2014 re-release of the album on vinyl online, all of which carry exactly the same banned satanic picture.


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 JR 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, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Black, Gass 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 JR 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:
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
16. "Rock Your Socks" (Acoustic version, iTunes pre-order bonus track) 3:07
17. "Training Medley" (Digital Download available with Best Buy version, also available on "POD" single, and the Japanese version) 1:11
18. "Kong" (Japanese bonus track, also available on "POD" 7" single) 3:21
19. "It's Late" (Digital download bonus track available from the eight year re-issue vinyl MP3 download card) 1:34
Total length:


Tenacious D
Additional Musicians



Chart (2006–07) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 35
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 64
Dutch Alternative Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 47
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 44
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 82
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 10
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[25] 2
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[26] 2
US Billboard 200[27] 8
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 1


Chart (2007) Position
US Billboard 200[29] 200


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