October 25, 2001
Ah, Jack Black, what a great scam. His hilarious supporting performances in High Fidelity (for us Cuze fans) and Saving Silverman (for you low-brow pie loving fans) gave Black the opportunity to set his own course. And he's planned out his rise in a way that most of us never saw coming. The arrival of the self-proclaimed "Greatest Band on Earth" Tenacious D is the final masterminded installment in Black's rise to fame. Where Don Johnson failed, Black will succeed because of the immediacy of his band's popularity in his breaking career. Jack Black went about pretending to be an actor so he could have his own rock band. What a great scam! Along with partner Kyle Gass, their two-man musical comedy act offers a satire of rock's common themes: draw off of a cult following, imply a sense of grandeur and mention the name of your band as many times as possible. Packaged with Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque audience participation, Tenacious D has appeared in BioDome, on "Saturday Night Live" and even in their own HBO show chronicling the band's journey. Their new song "Wonderboy" has hit MTV with all the spectacle of The Never Ending Story (Black actually played Slip in Pt. 3), the self-involvement of a Magic player and the ulterior world of Dungeons & Dragons. But all doubts of their madness escape when you realize that they're actually pretty damn good. Black has a new movie coming out called Shallow Hal. A movie, a video and your break into the mainstream all at once? Be prepared, it's time for Jack Black overload. You've got my approval, and I'm sure the JHU Gamers Club has noticed you as well. Just make sure you don't get annoying and we'll get along just fine. Go, Black, go.