It's important to have a sense of humor about yourself and the things you hold dear. However, if you plan on making a farce of something that people love, it should be done tastefully. For example, Spinal Tap is a timeless, brilliant ribbing of the music and culture of heavy metal. On the other hand, you have Los Angeles' Steel Panther, who need to learn a thing or two about subtlety. Take the lyrics from "Gloryhole," the third single from their most recent full-length, All You Can Eat: "I don't wanna know who's sucking my cock tonight/gonna blow my load at the glory hole." Metal and rock 'n' roll are rife with sex and drug references, but employing a simple literary device like the double entendre can go a long way. Musically, Steel Panther is quite skillful. Their emulation of '80s glam and hard rock is spot-on, but their stupid, sexist, homophobic lyrics certainly don't give this dog a bone. ARIS WALES
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