Advent Calendar 2013 – Dec 22nd: Steam Powered Giraffe

22 Steam Powered Giraffe

The 2013 Advent Calender: For the 25 days of Christmas, I will be blogging each day about a miscellaneous thing I love. Not necessarily a big thing, not necessarily a small thing and not in any order.  My youtube discovery of the year (some cat videos aside) is a marvellous band by the name of Steam Powered Giraffe. Performing in full costume and character as steampunk automatons by the name of the Spine, Rabbit and Hatchworth. The band was formed by a pair of brothers, David Michael Bennett and Bunny Bennett, who identifies as transgender, but performs as a male character, and has posted a charming It Get’s Better video. In the complicated backstory of the fictional band, they were invented by a scientist who had also created a steam powered robot giraffe. Who smokes. They also started a quirky comic featuring their characters, although it seems to have stalled, sadly (and appears to have been deleted from the site, as I’ve gone to look to link to it.) Here’s two songs, the bombastic steampunk anthem Brass Goggles and the swing-inflected Me and My Baby (Saturday Night), the refrain of which got lodged in my brain for a month, whilst I sang frequent bursts of one single line, over and over until John threatened my life.

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