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Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

When I heard Squirrel Nut Zippers today on NPR it got me thinking. I was wondering if it was possible to put together a list of dieselpunk music.

First, how to define it would seem to be a challenge. While it's tempting to include the actual bands of the 20's through 40's (Gotta love Count Basie, Glenn Miller and such) it seems to me that we might want to limit ourselves to contemporary bands.

Second, if we're going to limit ourselves to contemporary bands then what style of music is the next question. It's my opinion, for what it's worth, that possibly we should limit it to bands and entertainers who's style pays tribute to the era while not necessarily playing the same songs.

Finally, trappings and style I would assume should have a feel for that era though again not necessarily the same. So we could allow those who dress in pseudo-twenties or thirties.

So here's some bands that come to mind:
Squirrel Nut Zipper (as previously mentioned)
Henry Connick, Jr.
Great American Swing Band
Michael Bublé
Brian Setzer Orchestra

I would love to hear what others think.
~ Larry

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I just talked about Diablo Swing Orchestra not too long ago. Still need to check out the others. Thanks for the tip!
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I I rather enjoy " Frankie want out" myself. There page is here http://www.myspace.com/frankiewantsout

I don't know if it's specifically dieselpunk, but one of my all-time favourite bands, Bohren & der Club of Gore, call themselves "doom jazz", and are seemingly inspired by film noir. My top album of theirs, Sunset Mission, is over an hour of flat-out brilliant music that's both foreboding and calming, straight out of the paranoid mind of a hard-drinking private eye. It's great inspiration for the kind of work I do on my comics :)

 

Atmospheric video with a full song here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/NoooscPFiyc

 

Although all their albums are great, Sunset Mission is my favourite. It reminds me of nothing so much as a film score for a movie that doesn't exist. It makes me think of other scores such as John Barry's 'Body Heat', Trevor Jones' 'Richard IIII' and 'Angel Heart', and Angelo Badalamenti's music for David Lynch films -- all of which I also recommend in that vein.

Bohren are fantastic! I would consider them of dieselpunk inclinations due to their film noir characteristics!


J.R. said:

I don't know if it's specifically dieselpunk, but one of my all-time favourite bands, Bohren & der Club of Gore, call themselves "doom jazz", and are seemingly inspired by film noir. My top album of theirs, Sunset Mission, is over an hour of flat-out brilliant music that's both foreboding and calming, straight out of the paranoid mind of a hard-drinking private eye. It's great inspiration for the kind of work I do on my comics :)

 

Atmospheric video with a full song here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/NoooscPFiyc

 

Although all their albums are great, Sunset Mission is my favourite. It reminds me of nothing so much as a film score for a movie that doesn't exist. It makes me think of other scores such as John Barry's 'Body Heat', Trevor Jones' 'Richard IIII' and 'Angel Heart', and Angelo Badalamenti's music for David Lynch films -- all of which I also recommend in that vein.

Additionally I always had an inclination to steer my steampunk explorations to "dieselpunk" with croonerish/30s style tunes. We closed our album with such a tune– http://thecassettes.bandcamp.com/track/the-stage-fades / enjoy!
Brian Setzer, Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Squirrel Nut Zippers come readily to mind as a few of my favorites! Also Indigo Swing, and Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys!
I love your choices, Jacob. Only one's I'm not familiar is Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys.

Recently came across Volbeat (from Denmark) through a band shirt website. A very surprising find, I must say.

I'll let the music do the convincing:

 

Sad Man's Tongue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

 

Still Counting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV7aM32Jur8&feature=related

 

Heaven Nor Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEN3mQ0ql30&feature=related

 

Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d27opCCfhXQ&feature=related

 

Give them a listen!

 

I would have to second the nomination for Rammstein. It sounds like the perfect music for trench warfare involving walking mechas and such.

Kings of Nuthin' are good dirty punk fused RnB.

 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and early No Doubt, I feel are Dieselpunk.

Just today I stumbled across this. Ian Widgery, a Vancouver-based music producer, lent his talents to remixing and re-releasing a bunch of 1930s-era female vocal radio songs from China. And they're (pardon my lingua franca) fucking awesome. If you're into Parov Stelar, Waldeck, White Mink / Black Cotton and that kind of sound...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsN_jJtOfiU

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