Although some might view them as parodies, Liam Lynch prefers the term "musical valentine" when describing his odes to such artists as Bjork, the Pixies, David Bowie, and Depeche Mode.
Although some might view them as parodies, Liam Lynch prefers the term "musical valentine" when describing his odes to such artists as Bjork, the Pixies, David Bowie, and Depeche Mode. Those cuts, as well as Lynch's left-field modern rock hit "United States of Whatever," can be found on the Akron, Ohio native's S-Curve/Virgin album "Fake Songs," released last month.
"A lot of people get confused by this album," admits the multi-talented Lynch, who created MTV's late 1990s sock-puppet vehicle "Sifl & Olly" and has also directed videos for Foo Fighters and Tenacious D. "The songs aren't funny. There aren't jokes or punchlines. It's not like I took an existing song and made it about food. The joke is that Depeche Mode is a caricature of itself. So is Bjork. It's amazing these artists are so original but they do have boundaries. For a musician, it's super fun homework to try to say it all in a two-minute song."
Lynch released most of the 20 tracks on "Fake Songs" a couple years ago via his official Web site. But after the 90-second "United States of Whatever" improbably reached No. 10 last year on the U.K. singles chart, major labels came calling to bring the set to a wider audience. Lynch remastered all the cuts and tacked on a new version of "Rock'n'Roll Whore" (featuring Tenacious D's Jack Black) and the songs "Cuz You Do" and "Try Me" (with Ringo Starr on drums).
Lynch says he gets offers to tour or play live "every day" but admits the prospect is unlikely. "I have been in bands and have been playing on stages since I was 10," he says. "But when I was about 25, I realized that I don't really like it. I'd rather make someone a present and send it to them than show up at their doorstep."
For now, Lynch is heavily immersed in writing the script for the long-awaited Tenacious D feature film, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," which he will also direct. He says shooting will hopefully begin before the end of the year.