Steam Powered Giraffe (SPG) is an American steampunk musical comedy project formed in San Diego in 2008, self-described as “a musical act that combines robot pantomime, puppetry, ballet, comedy, projections, and music”. Created and led by fraternal twins David Michael Bennett and Isabella “Bunny” Bennett, the act combines music and improvisational comedy on-stage, although their studio works focus almost solely on music.
Steam Powered Giraffe has its own fictional universe and mythology, with the band members portraying characters both on stage and on record; its universe has notably been explored via several comic books mainly written and drawn by Isabella. Although SPG underwent several line-up changes, it always focuses primarily on three robot characters (played by the Bennett siblings and a third performer, although the original line-up featured four robots), with several “humans” assisting and performing comedy, music, and/or dancing on stage, and several smaller robots being performed via puppetry and/or voice acting. To date, they have released five studio albums, two live albums and one live DVD, and also provided the soundtrack for the 2015 video game SteamWorld Heist.
I discovered SPG, purely by accident a couple of months ago when preparing a Random Quotes post and listen to them most weeks when writing, in fact listening to them sparked a new themed idea for a prompt l have lined up for later in the year. But they are quirky and different and eclectic and well you know me, l love me some off the wall quirkyness!
Here’s 12 of their best tracks in my opinion, let me know what you think or if you are already an SPG fan, let me know your favourites below.
Dedicating this also to Angie of King Ben’s Grandma who l know is a fan as well as l am.
1 – Honeybee – 2012
2 – Brass Goggles – 2009
3 – Fire Fire – 2014
4 – Fancy Shoes – 2013
5 – Me and my Baby – 2013
6 – Automatic Electronic Harmonics – 2011
7 – I’ll Rust With You – 2013
8 – Mecto Amore – 2013
9 – Hot on the Trail – 2019
10 – Sound of Tomorrow – 2009
11 – I Don’t Have a Name for It – 2016
12 –Ju Ju Magic – 2011
So there we go folks, a band l have come to truly love and admire and seriously great listening to when imaginations need a twerking! Fan or not?