LIVE FROM LEXXI’S MOM’S GARAGE
Released on February 26, 2016 (Kobalt)
“Everything you hear tonight is completely live, unless you’re watching this on video, and it’s been fixed in the studio” — Satchel
What can I say about Steel Panther that hasn’t already been said? They’re great in concert, All You Can Eat was #2 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top 10 Albums of 2014, and Balls Out was #2 on the Sleaze Roxx Readers’ Top 20 Albums of 2011. Moreover, Steel Panther‘s debut album Feel the Steel landed the #3 spot on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top 10 Albums of 2009. Clearly, this band is popular with both Sleaze Roxx and its readers. I agree and will only add that it is a banner well worth waving.
It seems like ever since Tesla came out with their Five Man Acoustical Jam album in 1990, every band from Nirvana to Def Leppard has jumped on the acoustic bandwagon. MTV certainly promoted it in the ’90s, but nothing ever came close to Tesla‘s Five Man Acoustical Jam in my opinion.
Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage is a solid album. Steel Panther consists of an exceptional set of musicians, regardless of how you feel about their content. Listening to Satchel’s acoustic guitar playing clearly shows how talented he really is. There are no obvious overdubs or instrument tracking that I could detect from listening to the album. Michael Starr sounds, as always, like an early David Lee Roth. On several songs, the so called “Talented Ladies” of the string quartet add to the acoustic vibe quite nicely.
“Death To All But Metal” has been jazzed up into a bit of a bluesy swing. “The Burden Of Being Wonderful” and “Weenie Ride” incorporate the string quartet, who also plays along with a few other tunes. “Gloryhole” is a solid interpretation of the original, as are “Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)” and my favourite sing along song “Community Property.” There’s some talking from Starr and Satchel, but no lengthy stories like they do on tour. My copy of the album clocks in at 45 minutes with 10 tracks including some inevitable banter between the band members.
Some have suggested they would have preferred a new album with new songs from Steel Panther rather than an acoustic rehash of old hits. I might tend to agree, except Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage shows off the talent this band has, and the intricacies of each track. That said, I’m looking forward to a new studio release sooner rather than later. While this might be a good appetizer; it’s no main course, to be sure.
1. Show Intro/Say Yeah!
2. Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World
3. Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)
4. If You Really, Really Love Me
6. Bukkake Tears
7. The Burden Of Being Wonderful
8. Weenie Ride
9. That’s When You Came in
10. Michael Don’t Know
11. Community Property
12. Grindy And Sexy
13. Death To All But Metal
Michael Starr – lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Satchel – lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Lexxi Foxx – bass, backing vocals
Stix Zadinia – drums, percussion, keyboards, piano, backing vocals
Reviewed by Metal Mike for Sleaze Roxx, March 2016