Tenacious D is embracing both Halloween and the 2020 Presidential Election with a new music video tribute to The Rock Horror Picture Show! Tenacious D members Jack Black and Kyle Gass suit up in their cross-dressing best to rock out to Rocky Horror Picture Show's timeless classic hit "Time Warp". If that wasn't cool enough, the band has brought in a whole slew of celebrity guests for cameo appearances - including an original Rocky Horror Picture Show cast member! If you needed a pick-up (or anxiety break) this Tuesday before some very big and busy events go down... Sit back and let Tenacious D rock you out a bit in the video above!
The band posted this message on their YouTube page - Warning: It does include some not-so-subtle clues that "Time Warp" and its lyrics are being used in political metaphor:
"It’s astounding… time is fleeting… and the 2020 election is here. Time to ROCK-Y THE VOTE! And remember: it's just a jump to the LEFT, and not a step to the right!"
As you can see in the video, the various celebrities that cameo are both getting in on the pure fun of the iconic song and dance, as well as giving endorsement to a particular political view. As we come to the one-week countdown tot he US Presidential Election, it seems equally clear that political commentary will be coming to form all directions, in all facets of our lives - from sports to entertainment, to actual politics.
On the other hand, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a rare American Halloween tradition that unites all walks of life - so perhaps there's room to enjoy this on the simple grounds of getting hyped for the Halloween holiday, and/or rocking out as hard as Tenacious D clearly is.
The band was also kind enough to shout-out the list of celebrities who made an appearance in their "Time Warp" cover:
- Eric Andre
- Ezra Miller
- George Takei
- Jamie Lee Curtis
- John Heilemann
- John Waters
- Karen O
- King Princess
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg
- Michael Peña
- Phoebe Bridgers
- Reggie Watts
- Sarah Silverman
- Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Susan Sarandon
If you (somehow) never experienced it, here's what The Rocky Horror Picture Show is all about:
After the wedding of mutual friends, Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and his fiancée Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) get lost driving in a heavy downpour. The first house they see belongs to majordomo Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien) and his sister, housekeeper Magenta (Patricia Quinn). Brad and Janet have come on an auspicious night: the Transylvanians are there for the benefit of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a sweet transvestite. But all is not happy, as the criminologist/narrator expounds in this tuneful send-up. Based upon the smash British show, The Rocky Horror Show. This movie did little box-office business until it became THE cult hit and invented the midnight showing.