Top Five Steampunk Music Videos

Inspired by our recent series of music video reviews, active members of The Pandora Society Facebook Group were polled to nominate and vote for their favorite Steampunk music videos and here are the results.


Number Five – “Brass Goggles” by Steam Powered Giraffe

From their debut album, titled Album One, released in 2009 comes the track “Brass Goggles.” The song’s title might seem a little on the nose for a steampunk song, but the lyrics focus more on the existential angst of a confused automaton rather than the number one costume accessory. “Brass Goggles” is characteristic of the band’s whimsical humor and the bouncing head of the pug dog surely steals the show in this video.


Number Four – “Golden Brown” by The Stranglers

New life was breathed into this song after appearing on the soundtrack to the movie Snatch (2000), but the song’s original release and video dates back to 1981 and the album La Folie. The band claimed that the song’s lyrics were akin to an aural Rorschach test and that people only heard in it what they wanted to hear, although this did not prevent persistent allegations that the lyrics alluded to heroin. 


Number Three – “Coin Operated Boy” by The Dresden Dolls

From the 2003 self titled album The Dresden Dolls, comes the song that for many is the signature tune of the Amanda Palmer – Brian Viglione duo. The song explores the advantages of substituting real human love with a less breakable technological simulacra, but ultimately comes to a similar cynical conclusion, suggesting perhaps that the risk of emotional pain is worth the chance of human connectivity. The video is playful and mischievous with great performances alone to be found in the facial expressions of Palmer and Viglione.


Number Two – “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins

Released as a single in 1996, the video for “Tonight, Tonight” is an homage to the 1902 silent movie Le Voyage dans la Lune by Georges Méliès. For a far more in depth look at this video, please read our previous post on this music video.


Number One – “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” by Panic! At the Disco

In 2011 Panic! At the Disco released “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” off of their third album Vices & Virtues. The music video is unabashedly steampunk but unlike any of the other videos in this list, the video features several prominent members of the actual Steampunk Community as extras and Nick Baumann of The League of S.T.E.A.M. acted as creative consultant. We also have a detailed article about this . . . learn more at Panic! At the Disco & Steampunk.

Of course . . . the results of this poll were gathered just before Lindsey Stirling literally blew us all away four days ago (October 20th, 2014) with her amazingly steampunk violin . . .


“Roundtable Revival” by Lindsey Stirling


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