Psychobilly Music

One genre of Punk music I like is called Psychobilly. Psychobilly mixes elements of punk rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues together. Hearing the music of Psychobilly and Rockabilly one may not hear a difference, but if you were to see the groups live, then you’ll realize very quickly, that Psychobilly is not the classic Johnny Cash or Carl Perkins of the 1950’s. One feature of Psychobilly that stands out is the darker lyrical theme, while the musicians play the hallow body guitar and the stand up bass.

The Cramps are considered the forerunners of creating Psychobilly music in the mid to late 1970’s, although; the Misfits American Nightmare is also considered the beginning. However, UK’s the Meteors are given credit for being the first band to write musical and lyrical themes that included horror, punk and rockabilly. This was during the first wave of Psychobilly that began in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The Second wave began in the mid 1980’s and the third wave began in the mid 1990’s.

Some of my favorite Psychobilly bands are:

  1. Horrorpops
  2. Rev. Horton Heat
  3. Big John Bates
  4. The Creepshow
  5. The Cramps
  6. The Hangmen
  7. Zombie Ghost Train
  8. Tiger Army
  9. Hank3
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