While bad boys and girls have been with us since Adam and Eve, in the 50s there was an explosion of teenage car culture and the rebellious nature of rock-n-roll was the personification of that bad boy or bad girl image.
The influence and popularity of the style waned in the 1960s, but during the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly enjoyed a major revival of popularity that has endured to the present, often within a rockabilly subculture.” If you live in California you’ve most likely witnessed the rockabilly subculture in action, though at the time, you may have thought someone was headed to a retro costume party. The guys may sport 60’s styled sideburns, a pompadour hairstyle with rolled up jeans…
But it’s no costume, for many across the globe it’s a way of life. maybe white socks with loafers and/or maybe a black leather jacket in an effort to emulate James Dean, Elvis or just a bad-ass “greaser”.
published this article we wrote a couple weeks back, but in case you missed it, here it is for your enjoyment. But first, for the non-initiated, what the heck is rockabilly & psychobilly? Yes, we just love putting people into little boxes. First Rockabilly, and I quote, almost word from word from “Wikipedia” (so you know it must be right).
Rose @Punk Outlaw VIVA LA ROCKABILLY Y PSYCHOBILLY! S, the flag for the indisputable HQ for rockabilly and psychobilly music is firmly planted on the West Coast, where there also happens to be a whole bunch of young Latinos. Maybe, but the more I explore these sister subcultures, the more I think there is a direct cause and effect at work.
Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues.
While there are notable exceptions, its origins lie primarily in the Southern United States.
There are a lot of variations on the Psychobilly look so it’s really hard to describe in a general manner. once again, let’s turn to our friends at Wikipedia.
You may notice a subtext of Horror and Goth moving through much of the culture and some people can look a bit cartoonish and personally I think quiet entertaining, which makes sense when you consider many in the scene are artists. They keep it straight (some say pure) with songs like “A**hole in the Express Lane”. Psychobilly is often characterized by lyrical references to science fiction, horror and exploitation films, violence, lurid sexuality, and other topics generally considered taboo, though often presented in a comedic or tongue-in-cheek fashion.
Sometimes they get combined and fused to points unrecognizable and to those who like their music and subcultures with checklists in little boxes this can be confounding. THE LATINO INFLUENCE Both Rockabilly and Psychobilly are international.