Noam recently scripted a great article on how music related to Steampunk, and not whether there is steampunk music (as a lot of people will argue), but how steampunk incorporates music into its style. As examples, he points out three schools of thoughts on steampunk music, including:
Here's the original article > http://noamberg.com/blog/2011/05/thoughts-on-music-in-steampunk/
How do you feel about steampunk music?
I think people made a mistake when label groups (or anything else) as steampunk if they don´t argue that, so why we still call bands as steampunk if that doesn´t was his intentions...
Abney Park has the aesthetic (and I think they are the responsables for the pirates on SP wich of course it wasn´t Victorian Topic anyway...)
But there are actually bands who claim themselves SP... like Vernian Process If J. Pffeifer don´t star the concept "steampunk music" maybe the dark wave band never became one of the most representatives from the genre.
I can´t think about Dr Steel as a steampunk, He is so pulp for me, I though better on Professor Elemental or The Gentle Rhymer like a SP Music before Dr Steel...