Album: Steel Panther, Feel the Steel, (Island)

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Steel Panther were – let's play along with the backstory – a legendary Poison-style hair-metal band from the heyday of the Sunset Strip, and Feel the Steel is their long- lost debut album.

OK, so it's essentially Spinal Tap/Bad News brought forward five years to the coked-up cock-rock era, complete with titles such as "Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'" and dangerous levels of dumb-ass homophobia, sexism, racism and sizeism. The songs are at times terrifyingly authentic. Is it new? Don't be stupid. Is it funny? Hell yeah.

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