Steel Panther, Cealed Kasket | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Steel Panther, Cealed Kasket Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 30, 8 p.m. 2009

To properly parody 80s hair metal, a genre that all but parodies itself, you really have to take it to the wall. Spinal Tap are dilettantes, and even Weasel Walter’s ahead-of-the-curve early-90s Motley Crue tribute band, 2 Fast 4 Love, didn’t show the kind of dedication the guys in Steel Panther do. Though their claim to be forgotten hair-metal pioneers from 1985 is of course bogus, they’ve actually been around a good ten years, including previous incarnations as Metal Shop, Metal Skool, and Danger Kitty. On their debut, Feel the Steel (Universal Republic), they give us the whole package—including, er, packages (the drummer’s stage name is “Stix Zadinia”). The power ballad “Community Property” maps the virgin/whore dichotomy neatly onto the girlfriend/groupie dichotomy, with drop-dead comic timing—and though it’s awesomely, unabashedly offensive, it actually feels refreshingly honest next to the goopy faux-sentimental bullshit you usually get in songs like this. I still think the southern boys in Bandway should get credit for getting there first, but Steel Panther do it better. They love to talk about all the coke that goes up their noses, but they can make Coke shoot out of mine. Cealed Kasket opens. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $18

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