Friday, June 05, 2009

Steel Panther

June is here and the year is darn near half over and musically speaking there hasn't been a whole lot to shout about. There's the new Chickenfoot album due out next week which is a rockin' album. Otherwise, Where did the rock n roll go? Well thanks to one of the Vancouver stations I listen to in the morning I found some. The morning dj's were talking about this band that were kind of Spinal Tapish in a glam rock, hair metal band way. They played a verse of one of their songs and then said that if people wanted to hear the whole song they could text in and request it. After the break they came back on and said they were getting swamped with messages to hear it and so they played it and it was the funniest shit I have ever heard. Not only was it freakin' hilarious it was pretty damn good too and I spent the rest of the day with that damn song stuck in my head. Since then this station has been getting swamped with requests to hear the song every morning. I agree cause it's awesome. Who is the band and what is the song you ask? The band is called Steel Panther and the song is Community Property.

Steel PantherWho the hell is Steel Panther and why do I think it's so great you may ask. As you can see from the picture these guys are a parody type band of all those hair metal bands from the 80's. They do their own stuff and it's full of every hair metal cliche you can think of from the 80's. If you weren't around for the glut of hair bands in the 80's then one might not get it but if you were then these guys must be heard. Let's face it some of those bands were downright ridiculous and talk about one hit wonders. I tried to find some bio about Steel Panther and found very little. Their myspace page wasn't much help as it was as hilarious as the music. But I did find this. Steel Panther is a Los Angeles, California based glam metal parody band. Originally formed as Danger Kitty, their first “claim to fame” was in a Discover Card commercial under that name. Satirically pretending to be a hair metal band that missed their big break in the '80s, singer Ralph Saenz ("Michael Starr"), drummer Darren Leader ("Stix Zadinia"), bassist Travis Haley ("Lexxi Foxxx"), and guitarist Russ Parrish ("Satchel") hit the club circuit on the Sunset Strip around the turn of the millennium under the name "Metal Shop (later changed to Metal Skool, and then Steel Panther.) They’re known for their energetic live show, which is the longest running metal show on the Sunset Strip. On stage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of 80’s glam metal. The band’s between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between band members, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd. If you want the satiracal bio you can read it here.

So after having that damn song stuck in my head for three days, I finally got me some Panther and I'm lovin' it. They are set to release their debut album next week and I'm going to be buying it. If political correctness is your thing then I would steer clear of this album but if you want to have some fun and relive the glory days of 80's glam metal then you shouldn't miss this one. One more thing I should warn you about. If you don't want this song running around your head all day then you should avoid it. In my opinion though, this is a must have. I heart Steel Panther.

Community Property

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T said...

Check out this hilarious interview with Steel Panther:

There are pics and a review of the concert in Vancouver on our site as well. Enjoy!