Monday, June 1, 2009

Steel Panther – Just a gimmick?

I’m sure most of you are aware of Steel Panther, this new “glam revival band” if you will. They’ve a video out for their song “Death To All But Metal”, from their new album (out June 9th).

I’m discussing this because I’ve heard many criticisms of them lately. But I have to say, they are just a gimmick, they’ll die out eventually. Personally, I don’t think they have the longevity of other gimmicky bands like Tenacious D or Bowling For Soup for example. Why, you might ask. Listen to the song and more importantly the lyrics:

Eminem can suck it, so can Dr. Dre
They can suck each other just because they're gay
They can suck a dick, they can lick a sack
Everybody shout, "Heavy metal's back!"

First off, heavy metal has never been gone in the first place. Just because it’s not the 80s at the height of glam and Motley Crue aren’t the biggest band in the world doesn’t mean that metal was gone.
Second, read those lyrics. You wouldn’t expect it from The Todd and I’m not trying to dispel any humour, but they’re just plain stupid.

50 Cent's a fag, so is Kanye West
Shooting hot sperm on each others' chest
I rest my case

Metal gets enough shit from ignorant wanks who think it’s stupid. Steel Panther do not help matters.

Now, credit where credit is due. The video, I’m talking solely about the visual now, is pretty funny (just try to not listen to the lyrics). It reminds me a lot of Twisted Sister’s classic video for “I Wanna Rock”. The part with Sarah Silverman at the end nearly had me in stitches, so the guys have somewhat of a good sense of humour. The video is good…. the song is shit.

Like I said I think they’ll die out after a few months at least I hope. But for now the image and ethos they carry is annoying and somewhat detrimental to the focus real music should be getting.
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1 comment:

  1. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????!!!!!! These guys have far more staying power than any, "gimmicky band like Tenacious D or Bowling for Soup". WHY?! Because musically the songs hold up on their own without any of the lyrics. Can you imagine listening to Tenacious D instrumentals? The guys in Steel Panther are all professional musicians and have made their livings as such for years before this band was ever formed and you can hear that clearly in their music. The humorous lyrics, which go 10 steps beyond where any other "gimmicky" band dare, are just icing on the cake. Every song is packed with hooks that beg to listened to over and over. Try listening to Asian Hooker and telling me that I'm wrong.