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Panic! At The Disco: The Ballad of Mona Lisa

Panic! At The Disco's music video for 'The Ballad of Mona Lisa' from the upcoming album, Vices & Virtues - out March 29th

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Comment by Tome Wilson on July 10, 2011 at 3:53pm

Let's see what they do next.  One video doesn't make a band anything.

On the other hand, I don't consider them to be anymore steampunk than Rush, and Rush has been at it for years. 

This discussion always springs to mind as well, so it may be helpful to you > http://www.dieselpunks.org/group/music/forum/topics/painless-parker...

Comment by Larry on July 10, 2011 at 3:36pm

I wouldn't call Panic! at the Disco a Steampunk band any more than I would call Madonna a Dieselpunk musician because of her Express Yourself video.


Both fit into a classification, in my opinion, of media in which the aesthetics is of a specific genre-punk though the music and the band are not. Add to that I suspect this was a one time video of this type for Panic. As opposed to real Steampunk bands such as Abney Park or Steam Powered Giraffes whose productions are consistently Steampunk.


Btw, I've written something for my blog on the very subject of music videos. I think you've just motivated me to move it up in line for posting. :)

Comment by Scott Beaulieu on July 10, 2011 at 3:09pm
We had a discussion on Steampunk in Modern Media at CTcon and this was brought up, and there was a discussion about if Panic should be considered a Steampunk band or not. Unfortunately besides me and one other, most of the crowd (Which their average age had to be 17) agreed they were. I have a review of the Con up soon and their Steampunk Panels, since I was quite dissatisfied on their discussions.
Comment by Larry on February 9, 2011 at 4:39pm
Well, I think this nails it. You know that Steampunk has gone mainstream when a band like Panic! At the Disco releases an 100% Steampunk music video even if the song itself isn't Steampunk.

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