Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Videos | 19 comments

Inspired by the category “Things That Are Not Steampunk” on Regretsy (www.regretsy.com), and (of course) those peerless purveyors of Euterpean epopee, Professor Elemental and Mr B, the Gentleman Rhymer. The tintypes and photographs used throughout the video are from the collection of Greene Connections (http used with permission. Lyrics are available by enabling the “English – Lyrics” track on the video closed captioning or interactive transcript controls. Due to a number of requests, the MP3 (with higher quality audio) is now available at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and the Android Market.
Video Rating: 4 / 5



  1. Ruin it how? Are we still talking steampunk, or the “If it’s brass and has gears, we’ll call it steampunk” class of not steampunk? Is it the, “That wouldn’t actually work,” crowd or the, “It AEther! I don’t have to explain it,” crowd?

  2. It’s rare a one video account makes it to favorites, but wow. Thank you. Thanks for the “Things That Are Not Steampunk” link, too.

  3. I’m a capitalist, & though I can appreciate gluing gears on things & selling them for huge dollar amounts, as it is an artform freedom of expression blah blah blah.

  4. “blend antique”

  5. I understand. But again, I believe you’re misusing said term.

  6. Sorry if I misspoke, let me rephrase in a more specific way (and I swear I’m not being sarcastic, I hate blanket terms, but for general conversation they’re just way more convenient) I like steampunk, but the vast majority of fans that I personally have run into tend to ruin it for me and others, these people are like the hipsters of the nerd world. That’s just my personal experience though.

  7. I don’t think you understand that term. If you have a conservative stance on something that’s becoming mainstream then you’re the hipster. Yeah I don’t l like the current use of the term either, but what I like even less is people getting things like this backwards.

  8. Oh man I am a youtube comment celebrity

  9. Bought it on amazon. Worth every cent.


  11. This was an amazing song, Mr. Roosevelt.

  12. I used the phrase “before it was cool” before it was cool.

  13. Wow… you just used the phrase “before it was cool” without intending it ironically.

  14. Is there an address we can email you on?

  15. I liked steampunk before it was cool. Heck, I liked it before there was even a word for it. I called it retroistic, as opposed to futuristic. The one time I visited Japan I got to see Steamboy in theaters which I think of as perhaps the most definitive and original work of the steampunk genre.

  16. Just put a mustache on it and call it hipster.

  17. GENIUS!

  18. To the person commenting that barbershop quartet music is from the 1940s, sorry, but this style of music has been around much longer than that. It originated in the last half of the 19th century (that would be the 1800s). There was a revival of interest in it in the 1940s, but it was at its peak of interest between 1900 and 1910.

  19. It’s two words, “blend antique”. In context, “blend antique reality with imagination”.