Steel Panther: Lexxi’s Mom Has Got It Going On
Australia can’t seem to get enough of Steel Panther, and not just because they carry with them the usual venereal suspects. The ’80s jizz-metal revivalists are coming (heh) back Down Under for another round of sonic and sexual mayhem this month to support their debut foray into the world of acoustic albums and feature films: the two-for-one Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage. Before they do ravage our shores (and us) once again, we hooked up with the man – the legend – himself, Lexxi Foxx, to get the down and dirty on California’s most iconic time-frozen titty-fuckers.
You guys are coming back Down Under this June for the annual Steel Panther sexfest. First thing’s first, what’s one thing about Australian women that you just don’t get with other women?
It’s such a trip. First of all, I do have to say, that some of the most beautiful women in the world are in Australia – and not just Melbourne and Sydney, I mean all over the place. It really is amazing, and plus, it’s probably the sexiest accent, too. Like I said before, we like going down under, in more ways than one. We can get back down there. We love it there, and you guys have been so good to us. Our fanbase in Australia is growing every time we’re there, so we’re super stoked to come back and see everybody.
Stunningly enough, a couple of these shows are All Ages. When you play All Ages shows, are you forced to kind of tone things down a bit, or do is there like a moral obligation to make things as sleazy and fucked up as possible?
No, we pretty much keeping out how we’re supposed to be. If anybody is coming to the shows and they’re under 18, they should been raised the right way. This is the real world, and we like talking about parties, and having sex, and heavy metal. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should be taught about that at the youngest age. Y’know, the younger the better.
The last time you were here, you played Soundwave, which just recently got cancelled because it turns out it was being run like a Ponzi scheme. Being the king of questionable ethics yourself, did AJ Maddah ever cross you as a particularly sketchy motherfucker?
No, he actually never did. It’s a bummer that it went down the way that it went down, but no, nobody was ever a sketchy motherfucker or anything like that. That was one of the most fun festivals. That was the biggest one in Australia, wasn’t it? That was a blast. It’s a bummer that it’s not happening anymore, but it’s good that we still get to go down there and perform – be among fans that want to see us.
What’s better: festivals, where you have more tits? Or club shows, where you can actually see the tits?
You know what, that’s a great question. I have to say, festivals are really cool, because you get to interact with those other bands. You get to see people you haven’t seen in a long time: old tour managers or techs or roadies – people that make a difference, that you don’t get to see that often. And at the same time, we do like it when – even though we play a short set, whether that be 45 minutes or an hour – we’re still playing in front of a wall of people. We’re spreading the disease. So that’s what’s really cool about playing festivals; more people get to see what we’re about, and that sets us up to have more people at our headline shows. Obviously I like playing our own shows though – an hour and 45 minutes or whatever – I like playing longer for people that have just come to see us.
I’ve seen videos on YouTube where there’ll be some old-ass motherfuckers up on that stage shakin’ them titties. What goes through your mind when you see 50, 60 year olds at your shows getting their clam jam on?
Sometimes you can’t help but look into a car accident, y‘know? You just have to glance over, and you just see two old bananas – just two old, funky looking bananas… Or a pair of socks. You just have to turn your head, and hopefully somewhere close is a younger pair of boobs: maybe a 21 to 25 year old set of boobs. You really have to make up for some of the grandmas that take their shirts off that just shouldn’t. But at the same time, it’s heavy metal, and boobies are boobies. Michael doesn’t mind a stretchy tire.
You also recently played a bunch of shows in Europe and the UK. Let’s get real, man, what’s the kinkiest shit that’s gone down in the back of a tour bus with women speaking exclusively foreign languages?
Oh, man! There’s been some shit. There’s been some amazing, amazing times. Sometimes people doesn’t speak English that well, so some situations can get pretty confusing. There were a couple of times we didn’t know if we were crossing some lines or not, simply because we couldn’t understand what the girl was saying. Some things, I guess I could say – but I guess I shouldn’t say. Sometimes it doesn’t make any difference if they don’t speak the same language as we do. The language of love is all that we have, and if you don’t understand what somebody is saying, you just start taking their clothes off and both parties understand what’s going to happen in the back of the bus. Sometimes it’s frustrating, and sometimes it’s really pretty sexy.
Have you ever found yourself tangled up in a situation where you were like, “This is too far, even for Lexxi Foxx of iconic glam metal pioneers Steel Panther?”
Yeah, I actually have. As we get older, we need a little bit of time to take our Viagra and get out of our spandex – sometimes you have to strap a popsicle stick around it or something like that, y’know what I mean? Especially right when you get on stage, you need to take a Viagra. But then sometimes – if she’s damn hot – everything works out the way it’s supposed to be. Just like an 18 year old boy. There’s been both situations. For the most part, we all have to take our little blue pill before we get any jumpstart.
“I’m going to be as pretty as I can be until I’m old as I can be – I’m going to do as much as I possibly can. I’m going to wear bright colours and red make-up – I don’t see myself ever changing the style that’s true to us.”
So right now, you’re touring off the back of your first acoustic album and feature film. Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage is such a specific concept that doesn’t work at all with your style – but at the same time, it’s just fucking perfect. How did the idea come about?
We just wanted to break it down and take it live to my mom’s garage; kind of just do it like we did back in the day before it was a big deal. We wanted to strip some songs down, and also introduce a song that will be on our next record – “That’s When You Came In”. We can’t wait to do the next record, which we’re working on right now. We thought we would have just one more acoustic thing with all different songs. that we don’t play live at all. We wanted to do something that’s a little bit different and put it out on a DVD. Some of the songs we don’t play live, and it sounds kind of cool striped down like that. It was fun to do.
Other than what I’m assuming was some life-changing sex, what was it like working with Bobbie Brown?
It was pretty epic. I mean, she was a big deal back in the day – she still is a big deal – she’s a beautiful, beautiful woman. I think the other guys have more fun working with my mom than I did, but… If you’ve seen it then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Everything was great, we had a good time building the house and the garage, and recording the record. And of course, there were tonnes of girls that were there as well. We had a really good time all in all, with this record.
What does your actual mum think of the movie? Did you get to watch the expressions unfold in person?
As far as I know, my mum… I mean, she loves the guys, but… Uh… I haven’t sat down and watched it with her, no. I don’t think she’s seen it yet… But yeah, she knows what goes on.
So it’s been just over two years since All You Can Eat came out – how far along are you with the new record?
Yeah, we’re in the studio at the moment, we’re working on some new stuff right now. Satchel has some good ideas from the last tour; to me, every record just gets better and better, because it all comes from the real experiences of us being on the road. For instance, All You Can Eat – “Gangbang”, “B.V.S”, “Pussy Whipped”… All those songs are great because they come from true experiences that Satchel picks up on from all of us. This one is great and again, we’re heading in the studio within the next month, when we get back from doing this cruise, – we’re doing the Kid Rock cruise; we did the KISS cruise a few months ago. So when we get back from this cruise, we’ll be in the studio getting ready to record the next record.
Do you think Steel Panther has reached peak irreverence at this point, or are you still fighting to break new barriers and offend new groups?
You know what, that’s a great question too. We place that we play seems to get bigger and bigger and bigger. We’ve been doing it all these years, and some things might slow down, but I think we’re still at the beginning of it – right now, 60% of this tour is already sold out, and that’s way better than we did, that last time that we were there. Every place we’ve play, they get bigger and That’s so very humbling to us, because it just seems like our true fans – our fans that’ve been behind us. since back in 2009, when we put out our first big record – they’re just letting more of their friends know, and more and more of those friends consult their friends, and then more people come to see us. It’s bigger than we ever thought it was going to be, and again, Australia has been such a big part of that. One of our first shows overseas was at the Download festival, and that was the first time we saw that, ‘Wow, this is international – people really like us outside of the United States.’ And the next time we felt anything like that was when we went to Australia, and when we were received the way that we were at soundwave, we just really could not believe how many Aussies just dig what we do. That’s why going back every time is so exciting – we’ve gotten to know some of the clubs that are down there, and just, everybody’s just been super cool to us in Australia and we can’t wait to come back down.
We’re in an era where, in order to keep up with shitty attention spans, a lot of bands are pulling complete 180s on their genres. Do you think Steel Panther could ever become a pop-punk band or dive into black metal?
I don’t know. For me anyway, I’m going to be as pretty as I can be until I’m old as I can be – I’m going to do as much as I possibly can. I’m going to wear bright colours and red make-up – I don’t see myself ever changing the style that’s true to us. That’s what the 80s were: it was all kinds of different metal. You could look at bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica… That’s heavy. There’s different bands like Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, God Can Hear Us, Cinderella – there’s all kinds of different… “Heavy metal” you can call it, “grind metal” – it’s all heavy metal. We’re just going to keep it pretty close to what that was. That’s what’s true to us, and that’s pretty much all we know. Satchel just writes songs that remind people of that time – things were like that time; hot chicks and videos! We still want chicks at our shows; we don’t want people to get all bummed out, we want people to be happy, party and have sex.
Steel Panther / Black Stone Cherry
Fri Jun 17th – The Big Top @ Luna Park, Sydney
Sat Jun 18th – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Mon Jun 20th – Eatons Hill, Brisbane
Wed Jun 22nd – HQ Complex, Adelaide
Thu Jun 23rd – Metro City, Perth
Sun Jun 26th – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ