Best Glam album of the year? Yeah, it's Steel Panther's very explicit Feel the Steel (Universal). I'm sure of this and it's only mid-October. I know you're familiar with Steel Panther's creative mix of sheer lewdness and supreme musical ability. Both shine expertly on Feel the Steel.
The thing about Steel Panther is the guys in the band are brilliant: they'd probably be enjoying much less success right now if it wasn't for their parody bit. Because they play-up the biggest clichés in Glam, they are able to reach a bigger audience thanks to a major label deal and massively successful residences at clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Above all, the four guys in the band, Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums, duh) have real talent. We're talking about true, honest-to-goodness shredder Glam talent. They are fun to watch live too!
Here's the track list:
- "Death to All But Metal"
- "Asian Hooker"
- "Community Property"
- "Eyes of a Panther"
- "Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)"
- "Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'"
- "Party All Day (Fuck All Night)"
- "Turn Out the Lights"
- "Stripper Girl"
- "The Shocker"
- "Girl from Oklahoma"
I can't even pick a favorite song on this album, but I do really love "Death To All But Metal," "Turn Out the Lights" and (though I am ashamed to admit) "Fat Girl." I'm trying to reconcile my love for Steel Panther and the fact that I'm a radical feminist. I mean, if any man ever said any of the things to me that Steel Panther sing about, there would be massive ramifications. Still, I find myself laughing hysterically when listening to Feel the Steel. I'm sort of worried about listening to this album at the gym, though. What happens if I laugh so hard I fall right off the elliptical machine?
Another cool thing about Feel the Steel is all the guest appearances. M. Shadows (of Avenged Sevenfold) guests on "Turn Out the Lights" and Corey Taylor (of Slipknot) lends a vocal to "Asian Hooker."
I hope Steel Panther make another music video soon! After all, the world needs more laughs. If you don't already have this album, buy it. Amazon has it on MP3 for something like seven bucks.
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