Another Top Five List of Steampunk Music Videos

Last week we revealed a Top Five list of steampunk music videos as voted by active members of The Pandora Society Facebook Group, and promoted it via several social media venues and groups. Generally, the list was very well received, but unsurprisingly there were many who were disappointed that certain bands and performers did not make it on to the list. There was a lot of dialogue about this in the Steampunk Revolution Facebook Group, so we decided to invite the 17,000+ members of that group to nominate and vote on a new list of great steampunk music videos. Of the 32 videos that were nominated here are the Top Five . . .


Number Five – “Fighting Trousers” by Professor Elemental

“Fighting Trousers” was the first single from 2010 The Indifference Engine EP. The song plays with the theme of rivalries and conflicts between various hip-hop and rap artists by citing a contrived rivalry between Professor Elemental and chap-hop artist Mr. B (the Gentleman Rhymer). Upon the release of this video, it did not take long for the term “fighting trousers” to be a staple phrase in steampunk rhetoric.


Number Four – “Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)” by  Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire

Another phrase in steampunk rhetoric is “glue some gears on it and call it steampunk.” In 2011 Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire coined the expression in satire inspired by the category “Things That Are Not Steampunk” on Regretsy, but unfortunately the phrase and the song has been used to slight people for whom this barb was not intended. Pikedevant’s focus is on those outside of the Steampunk Community just wishing to use an insincere version of the aesthetic to make a quick buck.


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

This song was Number One on The Pandora Society Top Five. 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.


Number Two – “Brass Goggles” by Steam Powered Giraffe

This song was Number Five on The Pandora Society Top Five. 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 One – “Roundtable Revival” Lindsey Stirling

Only just released on October 20th, 2014, Lindsey Stirling has managed to win the internet and the aether with this amazing music video. Stirling had already dabbled with Victorian aesthetics in previous videos, and her union of classical violin and dupstep beats already captured the steampunk fusing of the antique and the futuristic, so it was not really surprising at all when she went full on steampunk with this gem; had this video been released a week earlier it probably would have topped The Pandora Society Top Five as well.

The video is energetic, playful, and fun, cleverly using the idea of sound waves as a form of combat, and Stirling’s steampunk violin is perfect. The only flaw that we can find in this video is Lindsey Stirling’s goggles . . . yep, they are the popular Halloween store ones that many an elitist would sneer at, but we propose turning this flaw on its head and giving that style of goggles a new name . . . we dub(step) them Sterling Goggles in honor of the most kick ass fiddler in the West!

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