Psychobilly is a genre of music that is generally described as a mix between British punk rock
of the 1970's and American rockabilly
of the 1950's. The bands music has a lot of influences from horror films
, and other topics of that sort. Modern psychobilly often resembles horror punk
The word "psychobilly" was first used by Johnny Cash
when he used it in his top ten hit "One Piece at a Time
," Where he described a "psychobilly Cadillac
." A couple years later, the Cramps
described their music as "psychobilly" and "voodoo rockabilly
." Although bands like the Cramps rejected being part of the psychobilly scene, they are still an important band to the psychobilly scene, along with bands like Screamin' Jay Hawkins
, the Stray Cats
, and Motorhead
The first actual psychobilly band was the Meteors
who formed in south London in 1980. The Meteors also encouraged the concept of psychobilly being apolitical
, and their shows being a "politics-free" zone in order to avoid fights between their fans, as politics were becoming extremely common in punk music. To this day, almost no psychobilly bands sing about politics.
In 1982, a nightclub opened in Hammersmith, West London called Klubfoot
which became a home for the psychobilly scene. It was eventually demolished and became a bus station. Because the psychobilly scene has never become very popular, psychobilly fans often organize "Psychobilly Weekends" where many bands are featured on one bill to attract many people from all over. The first weekends were organized in the UK in the mid-80s.
Psychobilly fashion consists of a hairstyle called a quiff
, which is a lot like a mohawk, but not quite. The clothing has a lot of punk influence, such as dyed hair, studded clothes and leather jackets, mixed with early rockabilly/50's fashion.