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  • n. A genre of popular music, blending rockabilly with punk rock, that has grotesque or humorous lyrics which often draw heavily on the imagery of 1950s science fiction and horror films.


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  • The band's integration of rockabilly and surf influences, along with the b-movie film imagery, built the foundation of the subgenre we now call psychobilly

  • Lux Interior, frontman of "psychobilly" pioneers the Cramps, died yesterday in Glendale,

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  • Don't let "psychobilly" scare you, either -- anybody who enjoys a good rock 'n' roll show with a stand-up bass should be able to dig Tiger Army.

  • Elvis hybrid from hell ") - the Cramps are often cited as pioneers of" psychobilly "and" horror rock, "and can count bands like the Black Lips, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Reverend Horton Heat, the Horrors and even the White Stripes as their musical progeny.

  • DJ Peter von Sleeze kicks off with a set of swing, jive, rockabilly and psychobilly till 10; Pagan Flame plays alternative classics till the close, and sandwiched between those two is an eye-popping array of onstage talent.

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  • Burlesque favourites Slinky Sparkles and Marnie Scarlet twizzle their tassles, there's a "performance fashion installation" from Engineers Of Desire, plus Graveyard Johnnys deliver a set of menacing live psychobilly.

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  • In fact, in combining the almost comedically gothic and the poppy, they're oddly reminiscent of some 80s psychobilly bands who were more inspired by the 60s than the 50s, the long-forgotten X-Men, for example.

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  • Their enduring influence on punk, psychobilly and any group of feral young men strapping on guitars for the first time resulted in the key original members reforming to play a couple of New York shows in 2007, and the remarkably sprightly unit has kept rocking ever since.

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  • Canadian Cynic: And a psychobilly time was had by all.

    And a psychobilly time was had by all.

  • The Cramps, with their visual mashup of pinup, fetish, and horror, their dirty and incredibly danceable retro/neo/psychobilly music, their unapologetic admiration of perversion and outsiders, and the outrageous stage presences of Lux and his wife, band guitarist Poison Ivy, represent everything that makes burlesque so loveable when it is more than merely glamourous.

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  • Not to be confused with psychobilby.

    January 18, 2016

  • An interesting one.

    I have read that this term was first coined by The Cramps' lead singer Lux Interior to describe the band's sound in 1977.

    In 1976, however, Wayne Kemp used the term when he wrote the Johnny Cash song "One Piece at a Time".

    January 29, 2008