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--> ''Death To All But Metal...''

''Steel Panther'' is a [[AffectionateParody parody]] Heavy Metal group, claiming to have failed to gain mainstream success during their formation in 1988. Their look is an obvious throwback to the 80's Hair Metal and Glam Rock era. The music they produce is a spoof of all that was 80's rock music from Def Leppard ballads to Guns 'N Roses hard rock. Taken up to 11. Unsurprisingly this leads to tracklists filled to the brim with sex, drugs, self deprication and asian hookers.

The group are also notable for their live performances. Frequently calling known celebs on stage to join them and proceeding to mock or try to sleep with them. Live shows often feature cover versions of classic rock songs just for the hell of it too. The persona's of each member carrys over into an entertaining live experience filled to the brim with pretend infighting, stories of sexual exploits, overly elaborate solos and of course a healthy slice of FauxYay. It also doesnt hurt a bit that they're all actually talented musicians.

First gaining success in early 2000, the quartet played in the Sunset Strip, originally under the name "Metal Skool". The bands lineup consists of vocalist Ralph Saenz (''Michael Starr''), drummer Darren Leader (''Stix Zadinia''), bassist Travis Haley (''Lexxi Foxxx'') and guitarist Russ Parrish (''Satchel'').

'''Discography:'''

* Love Rocket (2001) - Promo Single released under the name ''Danger Kitty''.
* Hole Patrol (2003) - Originally released as ''Metal Shop'' & reissued as ''Metal Skool''.
* Hey That's What I Call Sludge! Vol. 1 (2004) - Compilation Album.
* Feel the Steel (June 2009) - as ''Steel Panther''.
* Balls Out (2011)
* All You Can Eat (2014)

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!!Tropes invoked:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Many of the band's biggest fans are the very people they lampoon (David Lee Roth wanted to bring them along as an opening act for the 2012 Music/VanHalen tour). There are any number of videos of the guys onstage with 80's glam metal icons like [[Music/MotleyCrue Vince Neil]] or [[Music/{{Poison}} Bret Michaels]] who sing their hits with the guys. They've also played several festivals and toured with the likes of Music/DefLeppard and Music/MotleyCrue.
* AffectionateParody: The members of the band are all confessed and avowed fans of the genre and bands they lampoon. All of them started in HairMetal tribute bands.
* AlterEgoActing: The band assumes stage names and personae based on tropes and trends popular during the heyday of [[TheEighties 80's]] HairMetal.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Lexxi's persona, who frequently makes advances towards Satchel during performances. Satchel usually slowly walks away while Lexxi plays it off. Could also be BiTheWay, since he's equally likely to be cozying up to one of the ladies in the videos.
* AsianHookerStereotype: "Asian Hooker", complete with deliberate CriticalResearchFailure, idenifying a geisha as a prostitute.
* ButtMonkey: Lexxi. Michael and Satchel banter with one another back and forth, but everyone picks on Lexxi and he frequently winds up the butt of jokes in videos.
-->'''Satchel:''' "On the bass guitar, please make some fuckin' noise for a dude who is pretty fuckin' stupid--but let me tell you something; whenever there's not any girls backstage, it's fun to jack off in his hair when he falls asleep. Make some noise for [=LEXXI FOXX=]!"
-->'''Michael:''' "Let's get something clear: Lexxi is truly fuckin' retarded. Make no mistake."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Hell's On Fire".
* TheDitz: Lexxi.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: All the members play up this aspect of the hair metal era. Lexxi Foxxx takes it a bit further.
* EightiesHair
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Party All Day, Fuck All Night" and countless others.
* FauxYay: The live shows and videos all have large doses of this.
* FiveManBand: They're actually a man short, but the archetypes apply.
** TheHero: Michael.
** TheLancer: Satchel, though he and Michael go back and forth with it.
** TheBigGuy: Styxx
** TheChick: Lexxi
** TheSmartGuy: Nope, but brains never got them laid anyway.
* HairMetal
* HandsomeLech: Well, they think they are, anyway.
* Music/HeavyMetal
* {{Homage}}: Strangely not only of the music they grew up with but also the music they were ''involved'' with. Making it partially an InternalHomage.
* HotForTeacher: The teacher in the "Death To All" video certainly dresses to please and thats ''before'' she throws off the glasses and rips open her top.
* HypocriticalHumour: In Steel Panther's [[{{Mockumentary}} Behind the Music special]], Matt Sorum of Guns N Roses makes a comment about how ridiculous it is for a band to take twenty years to release a record and asks "Who would do such a thing?"
* ImAManICantHelpIt: "Community Property"
--> My ''heart'' belongs to you.
--> But my ''cock'' is community property.
* IntercourseWithYou: It would be easier to list the songs which don't fit...
* LongRunnerLineup: It's been the same four guys since 2000, and will probably be the same four guys forever.
* MetalScream: A couple of times per verse/chorus.
* {{Mockumentary}}: Steel Panther has its own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL6wZkiK9JA VH1 Behind the Music]] special, complete with fictional backstory.
* MythologyGag: The party thrown in the video for "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World" is a lot like the one described in "Tomorrow Night". It's packed with naked chicks, drugs, random celebs (though none of the ones mentioned in "Tomorrow Night"). The couch even winds up on fire in the front yard.
* NoodleIncident: Matt Sorum of Guns N Roses claims Steel Panther had sex with his mom. How this happened, even he's not sure, considering she never went to any of their shows.
* OnlyOneName: Satchel
* OnlySaneMan: Styx is often this in their videos and stage skits.
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World"
* PowerBallad:
** "Community Property" ticks all the boxes for this song genre then subverts it as the singer goes into detail about how he isn't faithful when he's away.
** "Just Like Tiger Woods"
** "Weenie Ride"
* PsychicPowers: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPWGo7qkzWA&feature=related "ESPN"]] that Lexxi believes he shares with Satchel (go to 8:02).
* PunnyName:
** Stix Zadinia [[spoiler: Sticks it in ya.]]
** Apparently he has a father "Pops Zadinia" and a little brother "Squirtz Zadinia", according to the band's appearance on ChrisJericho's podcast.
* RefugeInAudacity: The band is so ''ludicrously'' over the top in so many areas (lyrics, stage show, videos, personas etc) they get away with things that would be considered offensive in any other context.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: "Just Like Tiger Woods".
* SelfDeprecation: Considering all the members were either in an actual glam rock band or hair metal tribute band, everything they do can be considered self parody. Michael Starr frequently takes a moment ''during'' a song to mock himself for laughs. During ''Death To All But Metal'' Starr lampshades the rhyming style of the track:
--> Why do all my lyrics sound like [[DrSeuss Dr. Seuss]]?!
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: The band parodies an era and genre of music associated with this mindset.
* SmallNameBigEgo: A lot of their early videos and the "war stories" they tell about the "good old days in the 80's" which, of course, never happened.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: "The Burden of Being Wonderful" lampoons this trope to the point of absurdity.
* SpellingSong: The title of "Gold-Digging Whore" is chanted letter-by-letter. The E, which doesn't really fit in with the rhythm, is delivered as an afterthought.
* [[SoBeautifulItsACurse So Wonderful It's A Curse]]: "The Burden of Being Wonderful"
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Gold-Digging Whore" again, due to the band's lack of NWordPrivileges.
--> She's a gold-digger, she's a gold-digger
--> Fucking all the white guys and all the Persians
* TakeThat: "Death To All But Metal" spends the entire song insulting popular mainstream music and its artists. And of course MTV and the record companys.
* TitleOnlyChorus: ''Death To All But Metal'' and ''Supersonic Sex Machine.''
* XtremeKoolLetterz:
** Lexxi Foxxx is an obvious parody.
** The band's old name, Metal Skool.
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