2020: Time Meant Nothing, Never Would Again
October 27, 2020 8:00 PM   Subscribe

Tenacious D absolutely shreds "Time Warp" (SLYT) as a get-out-the-vote effort, with multiple guest stars.

Guest stars:

Eric Andre
Ezra Miller
George Takei
Ilana Glazer
Jamie Lee Curtis
John Heilemann
John Waters
Karen O
King Princess
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Michael Peña
Peaches
Phoebe Bridgers
Reggie Watts
Sarah Silverman
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Susan Sarandon
posted by metabaroque (36 comments total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
 
I don't think I've ever seen Phoebe Bridgers when she wasn't dressed as a skeleton, so I suppose it's a good thing it's Hallowe'en season and not some other holiday.

Oh, who am I kidding? These people can show up for any holiday they want.
posted by Nerd of the North at 8:30 PM on October 27 [1 favorite]


Susan Sarandon (who played Janet) being in this made my day.
posted by microscone at 8:41 PM on October 27 [14 favorites]


Say, do any of you guys know how to Madison?
posted by Reverend John at 8:51 PM on October 27 [20 favorites]


Along the same lines, recently rocked out to this.
posted by metabaroque at 8:55 PM on October 27


(Time warp to Susan Sarandon in November 2016)
posted by lisa g at 8:57 PM on October 27 [10 favorites]


Excellent!

Also, I can't help but think that when Jack Black dies, it'll be from a stroke he has while singing.
posted by Gorgik at 8:57 PM on October 27 [18 favorites]


At long last, I have found my Bassets for Obama equivalent for 2020.

(Also: I am extremely sad that Bernie is not in this, because he has perfect Transylvanian hair.)
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 9:04 PM on October 27 [1 favorite]


It's a tribute.
posted by flabdablet at 9:08 PM on October 27 [16 favorites]


That was great, thanks for posting. Quite a collection of talent in there, from many places. But Jack Black... one of a kind, that guy.
posted by armoir from antproof case at 9:23 PM on October 27


In order of appearance:

Susan Sarandon
Michael Peña
Reggie Watts
John Waters
Senator Elizabeth Warren
John Heilemann
George Takei
Karen O
Ezra Miller
Jamie Lee Curtis
Eric Andre
Phoebe Bridgers
Sarah Silverman
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
King Princess
Ilana Glazer
Peaches
posted by Reverend John at 9:26 PM on October 27 [5 favorites]


This was a treat!

My husband couldn’t resist getting in a snark on Buttigieg: “Yeah, he NEEDS to make a jump to the left.”

As for Sarandon... yeah, point well taken, lisa g. I’m hoping she understands a little better what’s at stake now.
posted by armeowda at 9:35 PM on October 27 [12 favorites]


Also, I can't help but think that when Jack Black dies, it'll be from a stroke he has while singing.

For an actor, he's incredibly talented as a singer. He crushed "Let's Get It On" in High Fidelity as Sonic Death Monkey Kathleen Turner Overdrive Barry Jive & The Uptown Five. (Full version.) But I'm not sure he would've made it as just a singer.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:14 PM on October 27 [4 favorites]


Posted on Facebook with a trigger warning:
Caution: contains severe shirtless Jack Black imagery.

Too much beefcake, or not enough?
posted by kirkaracha at 10:29 PM on October 27 [3 favorites]


The last three are properly ordered this way, if I'm not mistaken:

Ilana Glazer
King Princess
Peaches
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:08 AM on October 28 [2 favorites]


But I'm not sure he would've made it as just a singer.

My friend - this is "The Time Warp". This song does not call for technical skill as such. It calls for commitment. And Jack Black has commitment in spadefuls.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:24 AM on October 28 [61 favorites]


I was trying to think of the right word and committed seems to hit the target dead on.
posted by biffa at 4:05 AM on October 28 [3 favorites]


Thank you so much for this, it's exactly what I needed right now.
posted by sudasana at 4:21 AM on October 28


This is really fun, and brightened my day. The Riff Raff wig is perfect.

For more RHPS , there is going to be a livestream Saturday night, with appearances by Tim Curry (!) and others from the original cast, plus a slew of celebrities - more info here.

As a side note, the 1973 Pro Roe shirt that Peaches has on can be bought here, and I can vouch that it's a nice soft Tshirt.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 5:25 AM on October 28 [10 favorites]


Say, do any of you guys know how to Madison?

I do the Rock myself.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:41 AM on October 28 [6 favorites]


Find someone who will look at you the way Jack Black looks at his microphone.

Then get a restraining order against them.
posted by springo at 6:25 AM on October 28 [25 favorites]


Jack Black would be the result if Mick Fleetwood and Chris Farley had a baby.
posted by delfin at 7:13 AM on October 28 [9 favorites]


The real winner of this video is the drummer. Who is that?!
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 8:00 AM on October 28 [7 favorites]


My roommate saw the Fox live restaging they had recently, and says he was lukewarm on it...when I showed him this he said that "I didn't know that what the live version needed was Jack Black." (He can see Jack as Eddie, but "man, he SELLS Riff-Raff really well!")

...Every time "The Time Warp" comes up I am reminded of Mardi Gras 2009, where I somehow ended up in a bar with three girls from Michigan and we danced the Time Warp. When the song was over they all praised me for "wow, you knew all the steps!" ....I was a little too full of drunken good will to point out that "uh, the song TELLS YOU what the steps are."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:26 AM on October 28 [8 favorites]


I never thought this would be a song I would wish was longer, but there you go. Jack Black absolutely killed that song and then went back and drove over the bodies a couple of times more. And I loved the cameos.

I wish I believed something like this would actually get a non-voter to actually vote, though.
posted by Mchelly at 8:46 AM on October 28 [4 favorites]


when i was in eighth grade, i saw tenacious D, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer in concert, and Jack Black jumping up to punch the satan backdrop in the dick during his act really is a highlight of my live music attendance career.

the man commits
posted by dismas at 9:17 AM on October 28 [13 favorites]


The real winner of this video is the drummer. Who is that?!

Yeah, is that more than just Tenacious D? I thought it was just two guys. The bassist looked really familiar, and who was the second singer? Meatloaf?
posted by Snowishberlin at 10:43 AM on October 28


I wish I believed something like this would actually get a non-voter to actually vote, though.

You're not wrong. Here's hoping it'll provide some critical voters the necessary morale boost to keep their place in an hours-long line.
posted by armeowda at 10:50 AM on October 28


Yeah, is that more than just Tenacious D? I thought it was just two guys. The bassist looked really familiar, and who was the second singer? Meatloaf?

Yes, the two guys generally have a backup band, and often it's Dave Grohl on the drums. I don't know who these guys are, but they shred.

The second singer is KG (Kyle Gass), who is the second official member of Tenacious D besides Jack Black.
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 10:58 AM on October 28 [2 favorites]


1. This is GREAT.
2. I apparently have achieved sufficient distance from popular culture that I have no idea who about half of these people are.
4. It may not convince many non-voters to vote (although surely even a handful would be worthwhile?), but I am also in favor of celebrating voting in general, and having a ton of fun, those of us who have already gotten to vote time warping at the top of our lungs.
3. Is there any possible chance at all that this could invoke a REAL time warp, in which we reset the timeline to, like, 2014? Please?
5. This is GREAT!

Thank you for posting this, metabaroque!
posted by kristi at 11:57 AM on October 28 [4 favorites]


It may not convince many non-voters to vote (although surely even a handful would be worthwhile?), but I am also in favor of celebrating voting in general, and having a ton of fun, those of us who have already gotten to vote time warping at the top of our lungs.

Even if it doesn't convince a single non-voter to vote, it's encouraging Democratic supporters -- look at the guest list! -- who probably at least intend to vote, and that's good.

It does reinforce that voting to put control of this country back into the majority of the people's hands is a fun and joyous thing to do, and totally rocks besides. And it also sends that message to the opposition -- that we're coming for their power, not with guns, but with votes (and votes that will likely bring policies that benefit many Republicans voters as well).

And yes, it is great. I've collected Facebook friends from all over, and it's been an utter joy to see how many of them, many of whom I've never met, share this same clip.
posted by Gelatin at 12:04 PM on October 28 [6 favorites]


This is so fun! How much fun have I had lately? Not enough, that's for damn sure. I did not recognize Jack Black because I haven't seen him in any movie for years and had never heard of Tenacious D before. I love Back's voice in this and also his hellacious vibration in front of the mic. Thanks for the awesome post. A+++ would listen to again (and have, several times).
posted by Bella Donna at 1:08 PM on October 28 [3 favorites]


YASSSSSSSS!
posted by Mental Wimp at 1:56 PM on October 28


On Saturday night there will be a fundraising livestream of Rocky Horror, hosted by Tim Curry and including:
Barry Bostwick, Wilmer Valderrama, Colleen Ballinger, Lance Bass, Rosario Dawson, Jason George, Nell Campbell, Seth Green, Jason Alexander, David Arquette, and more!

Featuring performances by Fall Out Boy, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, The Dresden Dolls, Miss Peppermint, Frankie Grande, Eiza Gonzalez, Ben Barnes, Jenna Ushkowitz, Rachel Bloom, Garrett Clayton, Karen Olivo, Keala Settle, Marissa Jaret Winkour, Madison Uphoff, Graham Phillips, Kalen Chase, Rumer Willis, & more.
They're suggesting a donation of $31—which if I can editorialize for a moment feels like a big ask for a charity event that's only three days before the election—but I think you can get access no matter what you pledge.
posted by Ian A.T. at 3:11 PM on October 28 [2 favorites]


Karen O recently did a beautiful duet on "Under Pressure" with Willie Nelson: "I've heard this song countless times without processing the gravity of what Bowie and Freddie were singing about, maybe because their performances are so exhilarating you get swept away in the high of that duet."
posted by metabaroque at 4:36 PM on October 28 [7 favorites]


Loved it! Watched it twice, about to go back for thirds!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 10:03 PM on October 28


Commitment. That’s the right word. Even just vocally, he’s hanging out in the top of the range for a tenor—the chorus is belting out As and Bs (well, the one “low” G), over and over again. And while I as a tenor can do that in a pinch, I’d be on the floor by the end of the whole song.

I love Jack Black the Actor (most finely on display here as well), but I worship at the altar of Jack Black the Rock God Vocalist Incarnate. I just don’t know anyone else in this day and age who embodies the archetype as well as he does. He stomps on the terra.
posted by Brak at 12:27 AM on October 30 [2 favorites]


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