Music / Steel Panther
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"Death To All But Metal..."
is a 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 deprecation 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 carries 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 Faux Yay
. It also doesn't 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
- 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)
- Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage (2016)
- Lower The Bar (2017)
- Accidental Heroes: "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" - after finding out Satan is ending the world tomorrow, the band decide to throw the best party ever before everyone dies. It's so epic Satan himself decides to attend and has such a good time changes his mind about ending the world.
Michael: "Satan! It's the fucking end of the world dude, what are you doing here?"
Satan: "Ah fuck it!"
Stix: "Are you telling us we just saved the fucking world?"
Satan: "Yeah dude, does that float your fucking boat?"
Michael: "That's right, the greatest band ever just saved the fucking world!"
- Actually Pretty Funny: 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 Van Halen tour). There are any number of videos of the guys onstage with 80's glam metal icons like Vince Neil or Bret Michaels who sing their hits with the guys. They've also played several festivals and toured with the likes of Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe.
- Aerosol Flamethrower: Seen in "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" with Lexxi Foxxx using his iconic hairspray to make one. Typically he's gazing entranced at how pretty the flames are.
- Affectionate Parody: The members of the band are all confessed and avowed fans of the genre and bands they lampoon. All of them started in Hair Metal tribute bands.
- Alter-Ego Acting: The band assumes stage names and personae based on tropes and trends popular during the heyday of 80's Hair Metal.
- Ambiguously Gay: Lexxi's persona, who frequently makes advances towards Satchel during performances. Satchel usually slowly walks away while Lexxi plays it off. Could also be Bi the Way, since he's equally likely to be cozying up to one of the ladies in the videos.
- Satchel has claimed in interviews to have had sex with both Michael Starr and Lexxi Foxx (albeit he mistook Lexxi for a girl at the time). Stix appears to be the only dedicated heterosexual in the band.
- Asian Hooker Stereotype: "Asian Hooker", complete with deliberate Critical Research Failure, identifying a geisha as a prostitute.
- Bishōnen: Lexxi is very androgynous and has a sizable female fan base.
- Brainless Beauty:
- "You're Beautiful When You Don't Talk".
- The Big Guy: Stix is the only one of the guys who isn't rail thin and is said to be the physically toughest in the band.
- Bowdlerization: One would think a band as raunchy as Steel Panther wouldn't take kindly to this, but some lyrics in "Community Property" are changed in the video to make them (slightly) less explicit. For instance, both "cock" and "dick" are changed to "dong".
- Butt-Monkey: 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."
- The Cameo: Tons in the video for "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World". According to Michael (on "Talk is Jericho"), none of the people who appear in the video were paid. They (and director Rob Riggle) just put the word out that "Steel Panther is throwing a party" at a certain address, and people just showed up.
- Companion Cube: Lexxi's mirror.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Hell's On Fire".
- The Devil: Appears in the video for "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World".
- The Ditz: As far as their stage personas go, none of the guys are very sharp. But Lexxi is easily the dumbest one in the band.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: All the members play up this aspect of the hair metal era. Lexxi Foxxx takes it a bit further; during concerts, he'll spend a lot of time touching up his makeup.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The band's premise used to be that they were an 80's band who missed their chance and were making up for it now. They used to joke about how old they were (supposedly in their 60's). This has been left out of their more recent appearances and the band simply exists as they are with no real story. The just are what they are and embrace it.
- '80s Hair
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Party All Day, Fuck All Night" and countless others.
- Faux Yay: The live shows and videos all have large doses of this.
- Gold Digger: The song "Gold Digging Whore" is about one of these.
- Hair Metal: A parody band that takes the sex, drugs and rock and roll aspects of hair metal Up to Eleven.
- Handsome Lech: Well, they think they are, anyway.
- Heavy Metal
- Homage: Strangely not only of the music they grew up with but also the music they were involved with. Making it partially an Internal Homage.
- Hot for Teacher: The teacher in the "Death To All" video certainly dresses to please and that's before she throws off the glasses and rips open her top.
- Hypocritical Humour: In Steel Panther's 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?"
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: "Community Property"
My heart belongs to you.
But my cock is community property.
- Intercourse with You: It would be easier to list the songs which don't fit. Are there songs which don't fit?
- The Burden of Being Wonderful. It's also about the only clean song.
- It's Snowing Cocaine: "Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World" - the amount of drugs shown is ludicrous, there is so much coke that someone literally ends up with their face covered in coke in one scene.
- The Lancer: Satchel is about the only one who gets the best of everyone.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Though not heroic, Satchel sure has one hell of a distinctive jawline.
- The Leader: Michael Starr, the band's lead singer.
- Long Runner Lineup: It's been the same four guys since 2000, and will probably be the same four guys forever.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: In theory any of the members, and they all have a female following; however Lexxi seems to have the biggest one.
- Metal Scream: A couple of times per verse/chorus.
- Misogyny Song: "That's What Girls Are For" tells the story of a man who learned how to treat women from his late father, who pretty much drilled into his head that women were put on this earth to do housework and have sex with you. The Deliberate Values Dissonance of the song is lampshaded with the protagonist saying he's "stuck in 1955".
- Mockumentary: Steel Panther has its own VH1 Behind the Music special, complete with fictional backstory.
- Mythology Gag: 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.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- A woman looking very much like Rihanna appears whipping one of the girls by the pool in the "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World" video. (Rhianna had a hit with a song called "S&M".)
- "Jessica Biel" in the "Glory Hole" video.
- Noodle Incident:
- 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.
- Several of the band's "war stories" which they tell in interviews or during shows.
- Only One Name: Satchel
- Only Sane Man: Styx is often this in their videos and stage skits.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: According to Michael, Lexxi Foxxx was voted the Sexiest Man on the Sunset Strip for two consecutive weeks. In 1987. When he was only 35 years old.
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World", "Tomorrow Night"
- Perma-Stubble: Satchel
- Playing Gertrude: Bobbie Brown (Lexxi's Mom) is only 15 years older than Travis Haley (Lexxi). Of course, given the stories about Lexxi's Mom's prowess, this is possible.
- Power Ballad:
- "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"
- Psychic Powers: The "ESPN" that Lexxi believes he shares with Satchel (go to 8:02).
- Punny Name:
- Stix Zadinia - sticks it in ya.
- Apparently he has a father "Pops Zadinia" and a little brother "Squirtz Zadinia", according to the band's appearance on Chris Jericho's podcast.
- Really Gets Around:
- Lexxi's mom, according to the DVD accompanying the album Songs From Lexxi's Mom's Garage and "Walk of Shame". Everyone in the band except Lexxi has been in her "Garage". And then Michael points out that Lexxi came out of there...
- "Walk of Shame" tackles the subject.
- The singer of "Community Property"
- "Poontang Boomerang" discusses some possible side-effects of this.
- Refuge in Audacity: 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.
- Ripped from the Headlines: "Just Like Tiger Woods".
- Self-Deprecation: 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:
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: The band parodies an era and genre of music associated with this mindset.
- Shout-Out: During live performances, Steel Panther regularly does covers of songs from famous 1980s Hair Metal bands such as Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and more. They no longer do so many covers since they have enough of their own songs now that fans want to see them perform, but they still slip an occasional one in.
- Small Name, Big Ego: 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.
- The music video for "The Burden of Being Wonderful" tells the story of a man who is kind of a loser, but he's a complete narcissist who considers himself the equal of the guys in Steel Panther.
- Spelling Song: 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.
- So Wonderful It's A Curse: "The Burden of Being Wonderful"
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "Gold-Digging Whore" again, due to the band's lack of N-Word Privileges.
She's a gold-digger, she's a gold-digger
Fucking all the white guys and all the Persians
- Take That!: "Death To All But Metal" spends the entire song insulting popular mainstream music and its artists. And of course MTV and the record companies.
- The Reliable One: Satchel, who not only books all the bands' plane tickets, but claims to write all the songs and teaches Lexxi to use more than one string on his bass.
- Title-Only Chorus: Death To All But Metal and Supersonic Sex Machine.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks: Parodied with "Wrong Side of the Tracks (Out in Beverly Hills)". The singer has a mansion the size of a city block, lavish statues, and his name on the side of a plane. But he's considered on the "wrong side of the tracks" because his Trophy Wife threw away his Dokken C Ds, he can't figure how to set up Bluetooth to his mansion, and he can't afford a hanger for his plane yet.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz:
- Lexxi Foxxx is an obvious parody.
- The band's old name, Metal Skool.