The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing: Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Volume 1

~ Saturday, 19 June 2010
This is a really entertaining album. It sounds as if the band are enjoying it too. My only gripe with the whole concept of the genre of steampunk, a gothic Victorian style genre, is that I don’t think it’s that new or original. There’s a splattering of Dead Kennedy’s, The Cramps, The Melvins, The Damned and seems highly influenced by the Mighty Boosh. Having said that you could imagine them being cover stars of Sounds in 1981.

From the opener Etiquette though to Bolier Plate Daniel, we are taken to a dark world of sewers and wild bull dogs and almost expect The Artful Dodger and Bill Sikes to face off in a Victorian grunge riff off. We are transported to a world of empire, lunatic asylums and hot air balloons. The full on a punk rock and steam powered metal continues on A Traditional Victorian Gentlemen's Boasting Song and by Blood Red we get on the full metal jacket.

For the trivia buffs The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing named themselves after chalked graffiti scribbled above the blood stained apron left by Jack The Ripper as he fled a murder scene. There’s an idea for a show; Victorian CSI.

By the way, if anyone from the Mighty Boosh are reading this and looking for an opening act for the next tour, then they could do worse than booking TMTWNBBFN.

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