Super srs about this request – I just simply don’t understand rockabilly. I mean, I get it as like an American ‘roots punk’ thing, but why the fuck is this stuff still popular? How is it that I still see dudes with greased back hair, bowling shirts with skulls and fuckin’ ugly brothel creepers?
I’m just gonna spew out what I know about rockabilly – and I’m sure I’m wrong as fuck on a lot of it – correct me! I suppose The Cramps and The Misfits really kicked this off – both complete entry-level early ’80s punk. The Misfits we’ve covered, but The Cramps had this total rockabilly thing wired – they just kinda updated it with AC/DC style sexual innuendo. It actually wasn’t until the 2000s when I downloaded ‘Songs The Cramps Taught Us’ that I realized they were mostly a rockabilly cover band?!?
I kinda would have thought after the mid ’80s this was done to death… but I thought wrong! I know that in the early/mid ’90s a retro-’60s thing took hold, street punk also took off with bands like The Bruisers (which fed into Dropkick Murphies), Social Distortion etc (prob a million more bands I don’t care about) – and mashed up skinhead street fashion with rockabilly. Fixing up cars also got thrown in there – I’ve got a Red Aunts/Clawhammer split 7″ from Gearhead magazine banging around somewhere in the basement…
But I guess this stuff lived on? Dudes just love slicking back their hair & slappin’ the old stand up bass? I really need someone to explain the appeal of all this to me? Is it like IKEAcore for the undereducated? Do young kids get into this stuff? What the fuck is up with rollerderby and the Betty Page worship?
There’s def. a ton of lulz to be had with this stuff – the mere mention of Hi Fi & the Roadburners should send us oldz into hysterics… but I just really want to get my head around it! I’m not even going to link to/look up videos for this.. do your own damn homework!
Educate me! Do people still get into this, or is it limited to 30+ year oldz? How long before tr00 rockabilly takes root? Is this a symptom of only mild poor life choices? (AKA not studying in school?)