Skrapp Mettle – ‘Sensitive’ (1991) – Album Review (The Jeff Scott Soto Series)

I think most people know of the band Steel Panther. A band that parodies the 80’s rock scene but has lyrics that are filthy, dirty and yet funny…to a point. Back in 1991, we actually had a band that did that exact same thing. That band was Skrapp Mettle. However, they weren’t a parody of the 80’s rock scene because they were still in the 80’s rock scene. They did have the naughty lyrics and let me tell you, they are raunchy and raw. It is pretty telling about how the metal scene was already laughable before it was even over and tells you how far it had fallen.

The one thing about this band and that is they don’t take themselves very seriously. And if you don’t believe me, look at the name of the band members:

  • Spunk – lead vocals
  • Nasty Gerbil – keyboards
  • Snuff Buzzsaw – guitars
  • Beef – bass
  • Pounder – drums
  • Dirk Vespucc – special vocal effects

And if that wasn’t enough, their scumbag lawyer is Richard Bagg from Sleezem, Greezem and Scuzzem. Mangement is Sleeze E. Wadd for Slime Time Management. Oh, and Satanic Marketing was done by Bill Z. Bubb. You see, the band, or anyone for that matter, didn’t use their real names because this was for fun and some were afraid their career would be hurt if anyone found out they were in it. Jeff Scott Soto only agreed to do this if his name was left off the album jacket and by the way, he is Spunk.

There have a been a lot of famous people tied to this project at one time or another because everyone that gets involved has a lot of fun. It is purely juvenile stuff, but who doesn’t love dirty jokes. Some of the famous people that have been rumored to be a part of it are David Coverdale, Warren DeMartini, Yngwie Malmsteen and even Dweezil Zappa and Billy Idol were massive fans and wanted to be a part of it somehow. But for the album, it was mostly session musicians plus Jeff, Charles Pavlosky (I think) and Chris Ralles on drums or all I can find.

“You’re So Sensitive” kicks it off and as you can hear immediately, musically the band can play but production quality is a little lacking. You can tell it is Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, but lyrically, it is pretty horrible. Jeff is giving his all and taking it seriously even if the lyrics aren’t. Yes, at times it is funny and amusing, but it ain’t good. It is pure 80’s rock with a wink and a nod.

If you thought the first one’s lyrics were bad, you ain’t heard nothing yet. “Slap Little Johnny Behind the Ear” is way worse. Jeff goes full on metal with his approach vocally. Now, “Pearl Necklace” while not a ZZ Top cover is basically the same thing, only dirtier and raunchier. And yes, it is “that” pearl necklace and not a real pearl necklace.

“Star Hag” is up next and not sure what I can say or add that hasn’t been said before. This one sounds more like Bon Jovi and Soto seems to be trying to sound like him. It is melodic and has a hooky chorus but that is all that needs to be said. Ok, this one isn’t that bad and it has a pretty cool guitar solo so it does have that going for it. I can’t believe I am even saying that it ain’t that bad.

Then we get a pure 80’s ballad with “Retire or Die” full of haunting guitar riffs and lyrics so bad that you cringe with the first lines out of Jeff’s mouth. More 80’s glam rock sound and his vocals are again different and I am not sure who is trying to copy on this one as it could be so many of the 80’s rockers. If the lyrics were better or even funny for that matter, this might be good, but it ain’t.

For the next song, it kicks off with some beautiful piano and then some rip roaring guitars and a quick drum barrage and we are off to the races. “Swallow That Load” is pretty filthy and tasteless lyrically but wow it is catchy and sure as hell is fun. You can help but sing along with the hooky chorus and the guitar riffage will grab you as well. With some of the trashiest of lyrics, it is the most fun you’ll have on the album as you will swallow this load, hook, line and sinker.

Next we have “Kill the Rich” which sees them go more metal and I can’t put my finger on the band they are imitating, but it is right on the tip of my tongue. Hopefully it will come to me. This song isn’t as vulgar and not too far off some songs we heard back in the day. This one isn’t half bad either as it is pretty normal sounding.

The band goes completely NC-17 with “Spunk Sandwich” or maybe even XXX rated. It is little like Motley Crue but no where near is good. This one is total trash and garbage and I don’t really find it remotely funny which was not their intention. There is juvenile and then there is this. Yikes!!

“Sherbert” is more vulgarity as sherbert is code for the stuff guys shoot out their…well…you know. Jeff sings this one with that 80’s high register so many glam bands used and though it makes it catchy, the lyrics aren’t worth the time and I might have liked this when I was 12, but not now.

And things don’t get better with “Shake the Monster” and yes, that monster. It is going down hill fast with one piece of trash after another. Then we get “Muff Diving in the 80’s” and well, why do I sort of like this one. This is more like something Steel Panther would do and they do this one well. Jeff sounds great on this one and musically it is good as well. It is so corny and cliched, but for some reason I like it yet I don’t. I’m so confused.

Track Listing:

  1. You’re So Sensitive – Keeper (1/2 Point)
  2. Slap Little Johnny Behind the Ear – Delete
  3. Pearl Necklace – Delete
  4. Star Hag – Keeper
  5. Retire or Die – Delete
  6. Swallow That Load – Keeper
  7. Kill the Rich – Keeper (1/2 Point)
  8. Spunk Sandwich – Delete
  9. Sherbert – Delete
  10. Shake the Monster – Delete
  11. Muff Diving in the 80’s – Keeper (1/2 Point)

The Track Score is 3.5 out of 11 or 32% and that is probably being too generous. This is utter trash, garbage lyrics, middle school humor, vulgar, nasty, disgusting and yet at a few points, kind of funny and enjoyable, but so few times and so little enjoyment.  I can see why no one wanted their name associated with this trash.  Steel Panther made a career out of this, but they took themselves seriously and were actually brilliant at their craft, this is not.  Yes, I liked a little of it, but not enough to warrant any kind of good score. My Overall Score is a 1.5 out 2.0 Stars.  I couldn’t go lower because there is another album similar to this one coming very soon that makes this one look like Sesame Street or hell, even The Wiggles.

UP NEXT: AXEL RUDI PELL – ‘ETERNAL PRISONER’ (1992)

THE JEFF SCOTT SOTO SERIES:

  1. Panther – ‘Panther’ (1986) – recorded in 1984
  2. Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – ‘Rising Force’ (1984)
  3. Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – ‘Marching Out’ (1985)
  4. Kuni – ‘Lookin’ For Action’ (1988)
  5. Kryst the Conqueror – ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ (1989) / ‘Soldiers of Light: The Complete Recordings (2019)
  6. Eyes – ‘Eyes’ (1990)
  7. Eyes – “Nobody Said It Was Easy” (1990) – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition
  8. Talisman – ‘Talisman’ (1990)
  9. Talisman – “I’ll Be Waiting” (1990) – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition
  10. Skrapp Mettle – ‘Sensitive’ (1991)
  11. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Eternal Prisoner’ (1992)
  12. Bakteria – ‘Deficate! Suffocate! Mutilate! Masturbate!’ (1992 / 2009)
  13. Eyes – ‘Windows of the Soul’ (1993)
  14. Talisman – ‘Genesis’ (1993)
  15. Takara – ‘Eternal Faith’ (1993)
  16. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘The Ballads’ (1993)
  17. Biker Mice From Mars – ‘Biker Mice From Mars (Soundtrack)’ (1993)
  18. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Love Parade’ (1994)
  19. Gary Schutt – ‘Sentimetal’ (1994)
  20. Talisman – ‘Humanimal’ (1994)
  21. Talisman – ‘Five Out of Five (Live in Japan)’ (1994)
  22. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Between the Walls’ (1994)
  23. Talisman – ‘Life’ (1995)
  24. Takara – ‘Taste of Heaven’ (1995)
  25. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Made in Germany (Live)’ (1995)
  26. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Black Moon Pyramid’ (1996)
  27. Human Clay – ‘Human Clay’ (1996)
  28. Talisman – ‘Best of’ (1996)
  29. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Magic’ (1997)
  30. Human Clay – ‘U4IA’ (1997)
  31. Talisman – ‘Truth’ (1998)
  32. Takara – ‘Blind in Paradise’ (1998)
  33. Talisman – ‘Live as Sweden Rock Festival’ (2001)
  34. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Prism’ (2002)
  35. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Holding On E.P.’ (2002) – Bonus Edition
  36. Humanimal – ‘Humanimal’ (2002)
  37. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘JSS Live at the Gods 2002’ (2003)
  38. Talisman – ‘Cats & Dogs’ (2003)
  39. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Lost in the Translation’ (2004)
  40. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Live at the Queen Convention 2003’ (2004)
  41. Talisman – ‘Five Men Live’ (2005)
  42. Soul Sirkus – ‘World Play’ (2005)
  43. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Believe in Me E.P.’ (2006) – Bonus Edition
  44. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Essential Ballads’ (2006)
  45. Talisman – ‘7’ (2006)
  46. Journey – ‘Live from Atlanta (Bootleg)’ (2006)
  47. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘B-Sides’ (2006)
  48. Redlist – ‘Ignorance’ (2007)
  49. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Beautiful Mess’ (2009)
  50. Jeff Scott Soto – “21st Century” / “Gin & Tonic Sky” CD Single (2009) – Bonus Edition
  51. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘One Night in Madrid’ (2009)
  52. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – ‘Night Castle’ (2009)
  53. W.E.T. – ‘W.E.T.’ (2009)
  54. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Live at Firefest 2008’ (2010)
  55. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Damage Control’ (2012)
  56. W.E.T. – ‘Rise’ (2013)
  57. W.E.T. – ‘One Live in Stockholm’ (2014)
  58. SOTO – ‘Inside the Vertigo’ (2015)
  59. SOTO – ‘Divak’ (2016)
  60. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Retribution’ (2017)
  61. Sons of Apollo – ‘Psychotic Symphony’ (2017)
  62. W.E.T. – ‘Earthrage’ (2018)
  63. SOTO – ‘Origami’ (2019)
  64. Sons of Apollo – ‘Live With the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ (2019)
  65. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Wide Away (In My Dreamland)’ (2020)
  66. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Live and Loud in Milan 2019’ (2020)
  67. Sons of Apollo – ‘MMXX’ (2020)
  68. SOTO – ‘Revision’ (2020)
  69. W.E.T. – ‘Retransmission’ (2021)
  70. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘The Duets Collection, Vol. 1’ (2021)

22 thoughts on “Skrapp Mettle – ‘Sensitive’ (1991) – Album Review (The Jeff Scott Soto Series)

  1. Well, I haven’t heard about this one before. If it’s good enough for Billy, it must be good enough for me. It’s Monday, and I can always use a laugh on Monday. I’ll check it out!

    Back in the day, there was no way the town I grew up in would have considered putting this on the shelf.

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    1. I don’t know about it being okay for Billy, it is good enough for you. I don’t know if it is good enough for anyone. Heck, Soto never wanted his name attached to it nor did he want it released.

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