Catch Steel Panther

at the UC Theatre

(Photo by David Jackson)

It can be hard to pin down one’s attraction to the comedic rock band Steel Panther. Is it the band’s humor — apparent in song titles like “Gloryhole” and “Gangbang at the Old Folks Home” — that appeals to you, or their thrashy combination of glam rock and heavy metal? Maybe it’s their dramatic, high-production-value music videos that won you over, or their copious use of hair spray and colored eye liner. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: Steel Panther is not an easy band to forget.

A cross between Weird Al Yankovic, Adam Sandler, and the mock-rock trio Spinal Tap, Steel Panther has been parodying and satirizing the 1980s for a decade and a half — and apparently a good chunk of their income is dedicated to doing just that. Lead singer Michael Starr told SF Weekly in January 2016 that one item of clothing, like a pair of pants — which the band has been known to buy from an Etsy store in Melbourne called Metal Threads — can range in price from $100 to $600. And their action- and prop-packed music videos — which can include special effects, background actors, and even professional golf players — can set them back even more.

The good news? Clothing might not be getting cheaper, but video production is. Past Steel Panther videos, like 2009’s “Community Property,” cost $250,000 to make. “Now with technology,” Starr says, “you can make videos on your Mac.” Amen to that.

Steel Panther
With Painting Chaos, at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. $32;

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