Steampunk fashion in music videos (3)

In a previous post I looked at the fashion in steampunk and pop music videos, this time around I’m looking at rock and metal music. I originally intended to have all of them together, but the list just got so long, and download times would be insane… so – breaking it up!

(please note – I’m linking directly to YouTube videos… so if the owners take them off YouTube – the links will break. I’ve included the artist and title so you can search for them in the future should that happen…. )

Rock/metal music + steampunk fashion

Music I love (generally, but not always) where steampunk fashion has been used for the visuals.
First up – my beloved Apocalyptica and the video for Hope version 2 (with vocals). I’ll admit, this might be KIND of cheating… the reason I’m putting this in is because of the clips from a movie (Vidocq) which are included in the official video…it’s a stretch, I’ll admit, but since they’re one of my very-most-favorite bands, and this is the official video for the song, I’ll allow it. *S*

I love the dark mood and feel of Nine Inch Nails’ The Perfect Drug -plus, gorgeous costumes in a vaguely Victorian feel…

Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight, Tonight. I’d say the fashion is more “Victorian” than neo-Victorian, but still interesting to look at for the fashion – plus a good song too.

Like the Smashing Pumpkins video, the next video has more “Victorian” rather than neo-Victorian fashion, but someone sent me the link so I wanted to include this here as well. This is Helpless Corpse by Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. I’ll admit, that until someone sent me this link I had never heard of this group before. The middle part of the video is completely different than the first or third parts too – so consider this submission only for those first and third parts!

Ok.. so, what am I missing? Fill me in in the comments below! This entry is far shorter than the others, and that must be remedied!

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Steampunk fashion in music videos (2)

In a previous post I looked at the fashion in steampunk videos, this time around I’m looking at pop music. I originally intended to have all of them together, but the list just got so long, and download times would be insane… so – breaking it up!

(please note – I’m linking directly to YouTube videos… so if the owners take them off YouTube – the links will break. I’ve included the artist and title so you can search for them in the future should that happen…. )

Pop music + steampunk fashion

“Popular” music – ok…. this could really be called the “music I don’t generally like, but am including here because the clothes are cute” section.

Musical taste aside, there are some glorious fashions in this David Guetta/Nicki Minaj video for Turn Me On. With top hats, corsets, waistcoats, gloves, booties, leg-o-mutton sleeves and other Victorian styles, the fashion is much more neo-Victorian than really steampunk, but still nice to look at. If only there were better shots of the extras, rather than long, drawn out shots of Nicki’s pink hair.

I hesitate to inlcue Thursday’s Counting 5-4-3-2-1 in this list, but there are some minimal vaguely steampunk elements in the video. However I’d put the fashion much later than the Victorian era, and it’s almost all menswear too. Eh. Doesn’t hurt to add it to the list I suppose.

Next up, Alkaline Trio’s Help Me – mostly men’s fashion in this one – there are very brief clips of Kat’s full costume, but IMO not enough to be truely inspirational. (And the costume isn’t much to speak of either…)

next up in the “pop” category – Panic! At The Disco’s The Ballad Of Mona Lisa – loads of costume ideas here… though a lot of it strikes me as.. well – costume-y. A bit overdone in some spots (as if to say “look, the new trend is steampunk! let’s do steampunk!”) but still – it’s easier to start with something overdone and distill it into something wearable than start with next to nothing sometimes… (especially if you’re feeling uncreative!)

It’s a stretch, but how about some of the extras from the b/w scenes in My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade?

Alex The Kid – Future

What you need by BB Black Dog – almost entirely menswear apart from the obligatory “hot chique”.

Wild Wild West by Will Smith (from the movie)

Starboy – Eternity

Next up – rock and metal music + steampunk fashion!

Steampunk fashion in music videos (1)

So I’ve talked recently about a few steampunk elements in popular music videos (not specifically steampunk music) and of course what ~I~ am really looking for is the fashion! For this post I’ll be considering anything that has a steampunk or neo-Victorian element to the fashion, not really paying attention to the music itself. Of course, for some of the artists, steampunk/neo-Victorian is just part of their stage persona in general, so although I might only post one video, I’d definitely suggest checking the artist/band out separately as well to see more if you’re looking for inspiration.

(please note – I’m linking directly to YouTube videos… so if the owners take them off YouTube – the links will break. I’ve included the artist and title so you can search for them in the future should that happen…. )

Steampunk music + fashion

These are the artists where I would really recommend checking out other videos or photos for fashion inspiration.
First up – Abney Park’s My Life

Dr. Steel’s Back and Forth (cool costumes on some of the extras/fans)

Rasputina’s The Olde Headboard

Ghostfire’s The Last Steampunk Waltz (if you look hard you can see some fashion here…)

Fighting Trousers by Professor Elemental (obviously not for the performer but rather for the extras)…

A bit of a stretch perhaps since it’s all illustration and all in silhouette, but I wanted to include Set Prometheus Aflame by Steampunk Soul’d

Coppelius – I get used to it

Noteably absent from this list (because I couldn’t find official (filmed) videos (rather than tributes, slideshows, or live recordings) with fashion…and my goal with this was to show depictions of steampunk in either mainstream or commercial videos… rather than a love-letter to steampunk music) (If you know of some links, please add them in the comments!)
The Clockwork Quartet
Vernian Process
Emily Autumn
Unextraordinary Gentlemen
Jon Magnificent

Pop & Rock/metal + steampunk fashion

I had so many entries for these two categories as I was making up this post, that I had to divide it up! Stay tuned for future posts…

but… finally

Although the fashion is minimal at best (feh, and all menswear as well) I’ll close with Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

Steampunk Makers in music videos

So, while looking for steampunk-influences in my airships in music videos post, I came across a few videos that I thought deserved some steamy notice – but focused a bit more on the makers – the tinkerers, or the inventors… It’s not my area of interest personally (if I can’t craft it out of fiber I’m rather lost!) but since I know some of my readers are here more for the steam than just for the fashion, I thought it would be worth a good share nonetheless.  For the costumers out there – don’t worry, I have a post about steampunk  fashion in videos coming too!

(please note – I’m linking directly to YouTube videos… so if the owners take them off YouTube – the links will break. I’ve included the artist and title so you can search for them in the future should that happen…. )

First up, and in definite order based on how much I like the music… (well, at least for the first one!) I’ve got The Rasmus’ lead singer Lauri Ylonen’s solo project, and the video for Heavy.  In this he’s sort of a not-very-nice maker/mad scientist type…  since I don’t fancy myself a maker, I can’t really say that the video is necessarily inspirational – but still fun! Plus. Lauri! Finnish! Strange puppet!


If you like the puppet, it is also featured in the video for In the City.  (Another solo project single.)
It’s a bit of a stretch, but I’m also going to include Nine Inch Nails’ Closer in this category as well – the setting is a mix between mad scientist and steampunk maker’s lab I figure.

(n.b. this is the director’s cut apparently, and might include language or visuals unsuitable for people who really should be in bed by now…)
For the robotic squid, fish, and pterodactyls I’ll add in Depeche Mode’s Precious.

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out – um.. cus there’s lots of gear stuff. (feh, I don’t really like it, but someone recommended it… so I’m including it!)

Lastly, beacuse I think this video is best watched with the sound turned off (personal preference only of course!) I have a music video by David Guetta performing Turn Me On featuring Nicki Minaj. (Yah, I don’t care for anything I’ve heard from David Guetta or Nicki Minaj, (I just can’t handle a songwriter that thinks that “I-I-I-I” is a legit lyrical line…) but that doesn’t mean the video isn’t cool! Musical taste varies greatly, and these days if it doesn’t come from Finland or Sweden or Germany it appears I’m much less interested.. haha)

So… do you have any other music videos in your playlist that feature awesome maker-inspiration with a steampunk theme?

Airships in music videos

I’ve shown off a few other videos in the past with a steampunk theme, but I thought I’d share some others that I don’t know if I’d call ‘steampunk’,  but have some of the iconography – specifically this time around – airships!
(please note – I’m linking directly to YouTube videos… so if the owners take them off YouTube – the links will break. I’ve included the artist and title so you can search for them in the future should that happen…. )

Before looking at anything else – Grace by Apocalyptica. Demonic cellos might not be very steamy, but the airship is, along with all those beautiful claymation gears. Oh, alright they are top of my list because they are one of my favorite bands!

First up for the rest of the list… Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks – a graphically really interesting-looking video, with airships, sea monsters and magick. They are an indie/folk pop band from Iceland, and I’ll admit I only heard of them recently, due in part to a person I follow on Twitter!

Next, Nightwish‘s The Islander – a gorgeous video that starts off with a very viking-inspired airship, wirllygigs, towers, sea captains and  gorgeous vocals.  Nightwish is a symphonic metal group from Finland – and one of Finland’s best-selling musical groups.  I’d definitely put them in my top 10 favorite bands 🙂

Third, Eye of the storm from Lovett.  I showed this one off before in a previous post, but why not include it here too!?

Fourth, I have Alkaline Trio’s Help Me.  I posted this one before too – but again, there’s an airship in this one too – albeit at the very end, and it’s very CGI-looking (versus some of the more realistic depictions in other videos.  Still… this one has Kat Von D in it, which means I know at least one person who will turn the sound down and watch.

Fifth – Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight, Tonight. This airship is really cartoon-y looking, (the whole video is pure camp!) but it’s a good song, so I’m including it as well!

Sixth – Blümchen – Ich bin wieder hier

Number 7 – Set Prometheus Aflame by Steampunk Soul’d (they’re in there.. I promise!)

Eight! Megadeath – Never walk alone

Finally, can’t hardly talk about airships and steampunk influences in music videos without giving a shout out to Abney Park‘s Airship Pirate.  No airships in this one, but still an awesome song (and my favorite by far off that album!

So, what other videos should I check out (musical style not important…) Leave your suggestions in the comments below! (With links, if you have them!) What other Steampunk iconography? (No, I’m not gonna look for goggles – too prolific!)