It is my pleasure to present, as we wind down All Hallows Month, one of my favorite genres of music. In fact, here are my personal albums:
Psychobilly is a blending of Punk Rock and Rockabilly. Sometimes the lyrics are about such erudite subjects as being a Teenage Goo Goo Muck, cutting off a girlfriend’s head and putting it on a wall, monsters, werewolves, aliens, gore hounds and what not. The music is wild and fun and perfect for Halloween.
Here are my faves:
I got to see this awesome band play in London in the early 1980’s at Hammersmith Palais. I expected it to be a fun, cool time like in Austin, TX at Club Foot or something. But those English guys were effing serious.
My sister and I, fortunately, made our way up to the balcony because the floor was insane. This giant clump of mohawks was swaying from one side of the building to another. Not necessarily on purpose. Once you were in that mess you were absorbed. I discovered then that English punk rockers were a lot more violent than Texas ones and there were a lot more of them!
One of the main things I remember is that the lead singer, Lux Interior’s pants were so tight they started ripping off of him as he jumped around and performed. It was not a bad sight. Here’s a little taste of their early magnificence.
Here’s a little preview:
The Meteors are considered the first and most “for real” Psychobilly band. Their song Wreckin’ Crew was the inspiration for slam dancing apparently. This music is so bad ass. I defy you to listen to it and not want to push something over. I still have the vintage western shirts that I wore over leggings with vintage cowboy boots and a bunch of old bolo ties. Hell yeah!
By the way, when are bolo ties coming back? I mean, come on, people, they’re awesome. Here is the song Wreckin’ Crew since you’re probably curious, but there are lots more good songs from them as well.
I saved the best for last. This last guy, Hasil Adkins (pronounced Hassle) is not technically Psychobilly. He was actually Rockabilly and probably psycho. This guy was making music in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was like nothing else and no one else. Before I give any background, I want you to hear him first because it’s a little indescribable.
Surprise! You may recognize this song from a commercial that’s on at the time of this post.
I heard about Hasil Adkins in the 80’s when you couldn’t just Google something you were interested in. My Rockabilly friends knew a bit about him, but at the time he was still a bit of a mystery. We just knew he was some crazy hillbilly who made really amazing freaking music back in the day. So guess what I did? I Googled him! and guess what else! There’s a documentary about him. I am going to leave it up to you if you want to find out more, but I understand if you want to keep the mystery alive. Here are some need to know facts.
- Hasil Adkins was an honest-to-God Appalachian hillbilly.
- When he was young and heard songs on the radio he thought the singer played all the instruments too, so he taught himself to play a guitar and beat a drum with a foot pedal at the same time.
- He was hot, hot, hot in his youth and a serious ladies’ man.
- He would mail copies of his latest album to the current sitting President of the US and actually got a generic acknowledgement from Nixon.
You can purchase a short documentary filmed when he was still alive in case you can’t stand not knowing more:
So there it is, little Hellcats. A sampling of the awesome music genre that is Psychobilly.
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