Since everyone is putting up such awesome music, what with Vee’s 90s and college music and Sarah tearing it up with the 80s, I gotta throw in one more, one that’s a little out of left field. Have you ever heard of Steampunk music?
Wait, maybe the first question should be, have you ever heard Steampunk? It’s been mentioned and discussed a few times before on this site, but for those unfamiliar with the idea, UrbanDictionary.com describes it thusly.
Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.
So, to put it another way, Victorian Sci Fi. But it’s not just a branch of fiction. Here’s another part of the definition.
A lifestyle choice, wherein the participants embrace deliberate anachronism and quasi-anachronism as seen in steampunk fiction. Often characterized by modifying one’s electronic gadgets to make them look a century out-of-date.
Yep, like many great things such as Goth or Heavy Metal, it’s become a lifestyle for some, resulting in books, gadgets, fashion and movies. And yes, there is also a style of music to go with it, one that tends to combine Victorian musical styles with more modern instruments and world music. It’s theatrical, it’s weird, it’s a blast from the past, it pushes definitions and it’s just neat. So since we’re embracing music you may not have heard of yet, let me bring you music that is classified as pure Steampunk (and one that’s David Guetta, but the video is very Steampunk).