Gothabilly

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Jacqui Vixen of Devilish Presley in 2008

Gothabilly (sometimes hellbilly[1]), is one of several music and cultural subgenres of rockabilly. The name is a portmanteau word that combines gothic and rockabilly. The earliest known use of the word gothabilly was by The Cramps in the late 1970s, to describe their blend of somber, rockabilly-influenced punk rock.[1][2] Since then the term has come to describe a fashion and music trend that bridges both the gothic and rockabilly subcultures.

History[edit]

The term gothabilly was not popularized until the release of a series of international gothabilly compilation albums released by Skully Records in the mid-1990s.[3][4]

Occasionally, The Cramps have been associated with gothic rock primarily because of their use of fetish clothing and outlandish makeup, including heavy, dark eyeliner on both male and female members of the band, which is also popular in the gothic subculture.[5] The Cramps are considered to be equally influential to the psychobilly genre.[6]

Gothabilly is particularly active in the western portion of the United States, with many of today's bands originating in California.[7]

Fashion[edit]

The gothabilly wardrobe incorporates some style elements from the retro culture revival, including: stylized flames, 1950s' tattoo imagery, animal prints, creeper shoes, cherry accessories and ubiquitous polka dot clothes, pencil skirts, fishnet stockings and high heels, all popular in both the rockabilly and psychobilly scenes.[citation needed] The goth influence can be seen in the softer textures of black silks, satins, lace and velvet, corsets, top hats, antique jewelry, PVC, and leather.[1]

Culture[edit]

The gothabilly subculture, while still comparatively small, is spreading through internet communities, blogs and chats as well as concerts and other social events around the world.[1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Breen, Meagan (2009-03-05). "An Introspective into Gothabilly". Auxiliary Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ Uutela, Deanna (2007-10-04). "Case of the Zombies". Eugene, Oregon: Eugene Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. ^ Valarie Thorpe: Interview with Ghoultown's Count Lyle, reallyscary.com. Retrieved on April 14, 2009
  4. ^ Kirst, Sean (2007-10-31). "A Halloween Greatest Hit...The Tale of Skully Records". Syracuse, New York: The Post-Standard. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ Montgomery, James & Aswad, Jem (2009-02-04). "Cramps Singer Lux Interior Dead At 62". mtv.com. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  6. ^ Rambali, Paul (June 1978), "The Cramps: Psychobilly and Other Musical Diseases", NME.
  7. ^ a b Johnson, Daniel (April 09), "The Growth of Gothabilly", RSEE, Riverside County, CA.