Steel Panther ‘Community Property’ — Video
Steel Panther‘s latest single, the power ballad ‘Community Property,’ is all about honesty; the frank revelation that band members are faithful to their girlfriends while they’re home. However, all bets are off on the road.
When the hair metal act’s vocalist Michael Starr heard the song for the first time, he was just as candid about his thoughts. “The song was written by our guitar player Satchel,” Starr recalled. “He brought the song in and I was like, ‘That song’s gay.’ I didn’t really want to do a ballad. He’s like, ‘Dude trust me, man. Listen to the words.’”
“I listened to the words and I could totally relate. I know what it’s like to have a girlfriend and have to go on the road and try to be faithful to her and come home and lie to her. It’s not fun. Lying really takes a lot of energy that I could have spent partying. If I would have just said to her, ‘Look, I’m gonna be with you when I’m here, but when I’m on the road, I’m going to be with other women. Are you cool with that or are you not? If you’re not cool with it, then I gotta bail. If you’re cool with it, then we have a deal.’ If I would have done that, it would have been a lot easier. I think the song sends a really positive message out to guys that are still lying to their girls. It’s better to be straight with them, just go, ‘Look, I’m gonna f— your best friend. If you don’t like it, too bad.’”
Speaking of which, Starr was honest with his girlfriend – and he ended up alone.
“But that’s OK, because we go to a lot of strip clubs and that’s where I like to look for girls to hang out with,” Starr said. “For some reason, strippers and the lead singers of bands, we just relate. We have the same upbringing and we kind of can relate to each other.”
The song’s video, directed by the brother team of The Malloys, was shot in 14 hours and features Steel Panther in all their glorified hedonism. The video also includes clips of live performances at the U.K.’s Download Festival and Phoenix’s U Fest.
“We’re so proud of it, man,” Starr said. “It was really fun to do. It was really hard not to get aroused while we’re shooting the video, I think out of respect to the girls. There were actually 25 girls and only 15 made it in the video. But all the other ones were still cruising around, which is pretty bitchin’.”
After Steel Panther finished filming, the partying continued. The Malloys, he added, were “crazy,” contrary to their innocent nature.
“They’re the ones who kept the party going. ‘Come on, let’s go to my house.’ We brought all the chicks up to the house. We were going to do this really cool behind-the-scenes thing but that never really ended up coming to fruition because it’s so graphic.
“When I met The Malloys, I thought they were like ordinary dudes that you’d make fun of in high school,” he added. “All of a sudden, they write this treatment, they start filming. These guys are undercover rock stars.”
Additionally, Starr explained that the video actually sends a good message. “For a heavy metal band to send out positive messages, it’s probably something that’s pretty positive.”