Not only has the internet made literally everything available to the fingertips of the population, causing a sensory data overload, it has also been scientifically proven to be detrimental to your health when it comes to the use of social media platforms. Many people, Steel Panther included, longing for a time when people weren’t so reliant on modern technology. “The '80s was a fucking great time. It was a great time for music. There were a lot of fucking awesome bands.” says Steel Panther drummer, Stix Zadinia speaking to Billboard Magazine.
Although Steel Panther are currently riding high on the STD filled waves of Rock and Roll success, thanks to the internet, the band have to constantly deal with the backlash of several modern cultural communities and movements that find their material offensive. "Always Gonna Be A Ho" – the thing about that song [is] I've seen people online go, "This is sexist, talking about women like this!" We're not 100% talking about women. People need to really listen to our lyrics to understand.” guitarist, Satchel explains. Steel Panther have never been a group to sit back and take schtick from people “It could be anybody we're talking about. If the shoe fits...shove it up your ass.”. Satchel continues “There were only a handful of cable channels. There was no internet to ruin everything. There were no cell phones”.
Even Stix Zadinia recently took to social media to condemn critiques that utilize such platforms to simply attack anyone they wish, saying “I DARE you to write a song. I dare you to put it out to the world. I dare you to try and follow your dreams. I dare you to have real balls”.
To this day, Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Schnider is still heralded as the key figure in the case after delivering a powerfully elegant and influential speach during the proceedings. Although no formal legal action was brought against any artists, the events of 1985 would result in the record industry labeling certain LPs with a warning label. The PMRC shut down a few years later.
“If you thought we were all going and investing in 401Ks, you're fucking wrong, dude. There's no retirement plan here. This is rock until you die, bro.” explains Satchel. Although the Steel Panther attitude is very much akin to that of 80s rockers such as Guns N Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Black Sabbath, the internet has made it much easier for groups that clearly misunderstand the context of certain music, to form an uneducated alliance aimed at lighting digital pitchforks where no monster can be found.
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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