Steampunk. It’s an easy-to-recognize genre visually. Just take some Victorian man or woman, throw on a pair of goggles or a wrench, and you’re good to go. But what of its acoustic nature? “What about steampunk as an actual derivative of the punk music genre?” he said whilst fiddling with his glasses like a Cambridge scholar.
Well, if you want yourself a good ol’ introduction to steampunk music, then you need look nor listen no further than “Goggles,” that hit song by a band called (quite simply) The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
The Song: “Crusty Punk Meets Cockney Sing-Songs Meets Grindcore In The 1880s” (Couldn’t Have Put Better Myself)
Andrew O’Neill and Gerhard “Andy” Heintz provide the boisterous vocals for this song, doing a lot of the front work. They provide the old Cockney style and phrasin’ as our link to the Victorian past, while the raw modernist energy comes straight out of the minimalist rock ethos of guitar (O’Neill), bass (Marc Burrows), and loud drums (Jez Miller). And going back to that visual ethos I mentioned at the start, O’Neill and Heintz sing about their ideal girl–one who wears goggles, smells of oil, and doesn’t mind a good ol’ scrape.
In other words, just about every girl that’s been featured in a steampunk work ever.
Final Verdict: I Love The Song About Loving A Girl With Goggles!
This isn’t a complicated song. It’s rowdy, it’s spirited, and all in good fun. It captures the can-do, break-the-status-quo attitude of the steampunk genre and is a great rock tune in and of itself.
Bibliography: The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. “Goggles.” Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1. CD. Leather Apron, 2010.