Personnel: Michael Starr (vocals); Satchel (guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Stix Zadinia (piano, keyboards, drums, percussion, background vocals); Lexxi Foxxx (bass guitar, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jay Ruston.
Recording information: Clear Lake Audio, Burbank, CA; TRS West, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Photographer: F. Scott Schafer.
Whether or not you're a fan of Steel Panther's ridiculously over the top glam metal, you have to appreciate their dedication. For a comedy rock band, they manage to tell a joke with a surprisingly straight face, jamming out sleazy hair metal in a way that is equal parts caricature and homage. With the band's pedigree lying with acts like L.A. Guns and Fight, it's not really a surprise that Balls Out is such a spot-on tribute to the excess of that bygone era, coming from people who were there to see the rise and fall of the genre from the inside. Songs like "It Won't Suck Itself" and "17 Girls in a Row" show that Steel Panther are still the comedy rock masters of the single entendre, but to be fair, subtlety isn't what an album like this is all about. This isn't a carefree, "hang around the house and mow the lawn while you reminisce about the '80s" record, but more of an "all-night bender at a strip club while you reminisce about the '80s" record. If you've been looking for the glam metal equivalent of a theme park ride to be the soundtrack to a guys' night out bird-doggin' chicks, you've found your holy grail. ~ Gregory Heaney