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