Kanye West’s attempt at making a scene and following remarks regarding Beck’s win for album of the year at the 2015 Grammy Awards last week is already well documented. As is the vocal backlash that West has (rightfully) received because of it, including some fellow recording artists Paul Stanley of Kiss and Shirley Manson of Garbage. Now, comedic glam metal band Steel Panther has joined in on the fun. On Friday, February 13th – the perfect date to cause any sort of trouble; though it’s not clear if it was intentional – the group posted the one-minute video (above) to their Facebook page of a ballad sung by vocalist Michael Starr over keyboards with the caption:
In the video, Starr’s lyrics are spelled out on cue cards in which his band mates hold in front of the camera. Said lyrics include colorful commentary regarding how they feel about both Kanye West (calling him a hypocrite and hoping that he gets “the cancer on [his] Johnson and [his] testicles”) as well as his music, referring to it as both “hamster turds” and “a donkey fart.” While the song includes easily the cleanest lyrics that Steel Panther has ever written, for some reason it seems highly doubtful that this song may actually be considered for next year’s Grammys (though we certainly would welcome it).
While clearly nothing more than a short viral video produced purely for the sake of fun, the song lives up to Steel Panther’s brand of humor. It also acts as a further example of how much of a giant ego such as Kanye West’s tends to annoy and piss people off, especially on such a large platform that West himself has. And it’s good to see that there’s more than one person in the metal and rock community that would like to see Beck kick West straight in the nads… though Steel Panther took it one step further by adding “with steel-toed boots” (maybe that’s what would cause the cancer?).