Psychobilly 1976

Psychobilly. Youthful and spontaneous fashion movement

Youthful and spontaneous fashion movement. Like all styles following the punk explosion of 1976, the psychobilly movement was a reformation of existing trends, a cocktail of previous fashion codes. Aspects typical of the punk look, such as the unrestricted combination of clothes, were applied to 1950s rockabilly fashions typical of the look which went with the early sounds of Sun Records by Sam Phillips. To this mix was added a psychotic interpretation of the visual and musical detritus of the earlier forms of rock: surf rock, and its variant “hot rod,” psychedelia, and the punk of garage bands of the 1960s. All this resulted in a mutant form of rockabilly known as psychobilly.

Musically speacking (but not only) in The Cramps of Ivy Rosarch

Musically speaking, this new aesthetic can be attributed to (among others) Poison Ivy Rosarch and Lux Interior of The Cramps. In the early 1980s The Cramps released a handful of very popular singles and an album Songs the Lord taught us (1980). Characteristic hairdos would come in a range of gravity-defying styles and lurid colors, particular favorites being pink, green, and electric blue. The designs that appeared on leather jackets and certain accessories were inspired by the Mississippi Wetlands, and reflected in the New Orleans look sported by Prince, La La, and Dr John. As well as these voodoo influences, further inspiration came from the vast repertory of Exotica, from Yma Sumac to Les Baxter.

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