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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 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 Faux Yay
. 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Asian Hooker Stereotype: "Asian Hooker", complete with deliberate Critical Research Failure, idenifying a geisha as a prostitute.
- 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.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Hell's On Fire".
- The Ditz: Lexxi.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: All the members play up this aspect of the hair metal era. Lexxi Foxxx takes it a bit further.
- '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.
- Five-Man Band: They're actually a man short, but the archetypes apply.
- Hair Metal
- 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 thats 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...
- Long Runner Lineup: It's been the same four guys since 2000, and will probably be the same four guys forever.
- Metal Scream: A couple of times per verse/chorus.
- Mockumentary: Steel Panther has its own VH1 Behind the Music special, complete with fictional backstory.
- 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.
- Only One Name: Satchel
- Only Sane Man: Styx is often this in their videos and stage skits.
- A Party Also Known as an Orgy: "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: "The Burden of Being Wonderful" lampoons this trope to the point of absurdity.
- 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 companys.
- Title Only Chorus: Death To All But Metal and Supersonic Sex Machine.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz:
- Lexxi Foxxx is an obvious parody.
- The band's old name, Metal Skool.