is a cello rock band from Brooklyn, New York that was formed in 1992 and is fronted by Melora Creager. Their (rather dark) lyrics are often related to the Victorian era.
- Melora Creager
- Daniel DeJesus
- Dawn Miceli
- Thanks for the Ether (1996)
- How We Quit the Forest (1998)
- Cabin Fever (2002)
- Frustration Plantation (2004)
- Oh Perilous World (2007)
- Sister Kinderhook (2010)
Rasputina provides examples of:
- Anti-War Album: "Oh Perilous World".
- Baroque Pop
- Blatant Lies: "Our Lies" exemplifies this trope, with the singer variously claiming that she was never conceived, the bones in her face weren't there all along and that she loves your coffee cake.
- Concept Album: "Oh Perilous World".
- Creepy Doll: “Gingerbread Coffin”.
- Genius Bonus: Melora Creager is a history buff, and it shows in her lyrics. For instance, "1816, The Year Without A Summer" happened in Real Life pretty much as the lyrics describe, and the Thursday Christian referenced on Oh Perilous World was a real person (son of the leader of the Mutiny on the Bounty).
- Goodbye, Cruel World!: "A Quitter". The title has a double meaning in French, which phonetically translates to "has left."
- I Am the Band: Rasputina is Melora Creager.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Inverted with their appropriately dark and foreboding cover of “Bad Moon Rising”, Creedence Clearwater Revival's peppy song about impending doom.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Their primary genre is rock WITH CELLOS!, and has been defined by Melora herself as "Neoclassical Chamber Grunge."
- Nightmare Fetishist: A good number of their songs treat dark subject matter, but most aren't treated in this fashion. However, the glee that is expressed at the idea of pumping holy water into the anus of a possessed man in "Christian Soldiers" and at the idea of cannibalism among the Donner Party and colonial Pilgrims in "The Donner Party" do delve into this territory.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: “The Donner Party”.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Rasputina and their fans tend to favor the corset.
- Orphanage of Fear: "My Orphanage"
- Pun-Based Title: "Dwarf Star" is a pun on the celestial body.
He said he was a dwarfstar
'Cause he was small
And he was…famous
- Revolving Door Band: after going through innumerable lineup changes, some of which lasted for several years at a time, founder Melora Creager is the only original member left and the only member to appear on every album. Some members even return to work with Melora on side projects after they've officially left the band.
- Steam Punk
- Überwald: The subject matter of "Transylvanian Concubine".
- Victorian London: They use imagery from this period in their songs, and their website even claims that the band was created in 1891.
- Wild Child: "Snow Hen of Austerlitz".