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Psychobilly Genre is such a breath of fresh air!

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by matty428, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. matty428

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    Anyone else in love with this genre?! I discovered this genre by accident and I'm absolutely smitten! Like the B grade horror films of the 70's and 80's soundtracks.....just pure fun!
     
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    I like the more diverse bands, like frantic flintstones,and demented are go. There are always a few good tunes on the stomping at the klub food cds. I lov ereverend horton heat, but i don't think he is strictly psychobilly.

    edit i played in psychobilly bands, though my friends were fun, some guys in the audience took themselves a bit seriously. It looked a bit like a fashion show as well.
     
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    Did the Rev. Horton Heat coin "psychobilly" with his song "Psychobilly Freakout" in 1990, or does....

    Man, the internet is amazing. Apparently Johnny Cash introduced the word in "One Piece at a Time," referring to the car assembled as a "psychobilly Cadillac".

    I only have RHH and Cramps records, nothing by the bands @johnny k mentioned. Who else should I check out?
     
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    I hear you on that! Some of the music videos I've watched seem more about the costume aspect than the music. What are some of your top songs of the genre?
     
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    I've enjoyed the Horropops myself. The lead singer gal's pipes are crazy good!
     
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    Cramps Off The Bone. They have an earnestness only matched by the Ramones. Everyone else seems to be playing with a wink in their eye like it's a joke.
     
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    My band The Blowtorches have historically dabbled in psychobilly quite a bit. It's fun stuff!
    https://devilsbrewproductions.bandcamp.com/album/burn-it-down

    It basically started for us as a jumpswing/honkytonk/rockabilly band; and one night years back we got booked into a punk club :eek:, so I had the band rehearse for the show doing everything a lot louder and a lot faster than normal.

    It was so much fun, we never really went back :cool:
     
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  8. johnny k

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    Depends. My guess is you start with the early meteors, who think of themselves as the kings of psychobilly. Those early records are considered the birth of the genre, but i don't really like them, because, well... the meteors fans are a tribe within the psychobilly tribe, let's just say that you love either the meteors, or any other psychobilly bands. Yeah. If you are not with them, you are agains't them.

    This means they think the invented it, but i personnaly think Hasil adkins was psychobilly, way before the meteors.

    Then i would probably go for mad sin, demented are go, frantic flintstones, batmobile, which i really love, coffin nails. Those are the classic bands almost everyone love, except from the meteors fans.
    The klub foot compilations are great to discover new old school psychobilly bands, some of them lean on the more rockabilly side (wigsville splifs), some lean on the garage side, some are more agressive with some kind of demon voices over agressive guitars.

    Check those comps.


     
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    Heck yeah. The Cramps, Southern Culture on the Skids, Webb Wilder...it's a long list.



    That's Donnie Roberts on guitar, before he recorded with Steve Earle (and others). The great Jimmy Lester is on drums.
     
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    Top songs ?

    i like the fun stuffs, so you can't go wrong with some highliners / king kurt.


    Those guys were banned from klubs, because fans threw flour, beer cans, food, or whatever they could find on stage.




    This is what i meant by not strictly psycho. Good country tune.
     
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    Not their most classic track, but the 1 st album is a master piece.

    this is from their 1st lp.


    FF went from straight psychobilly to a wide array of different stuffs, ska, rockabilly, jazz, boogie...

    Then you will have to search on your own depending on what you like.
    There are a few good french psychobilly bands, like these folks



     
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    I really like the album bingo by the small town pimps.




    The kind of band who leans on the garage side. MAybe not on that track, but their record is considered classic as well.


    About the tremors movie. They also have a tune called welcome to the forbidden planet.

    And i will stop flooding from now on. Your turn guys !
     
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    Some good ones listed so far.

    Flat Duo Jets are another one to check out.

    Johnny K, Good call on Hasil!
     
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    I haven't seen Webb Wilder since the 90s. He's always got good songs and good players. Plus, he wears glasses 'cause he needs them!

    The good news is, I'm a musician.
    The bad news is, I'm a musician.
    - Webb Wilder
     
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    Amazing Royal Crowns, Tiger Army were two of my old faves.

    Not really psychobilly, but definitely have the look/feel... Twin Temples, satanic doo-wop
     
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    I do dig the Rev. Horton heat. Great guitar player.
     
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    Been a huge psychobilly fan since high school. Many bands get stuck in sounding the same, or migrate too far from the sound eventually, but its easily my favorite deliberately genre locked music.
    Batmobile, Nekromantix, meteors, frantic flintstones, LSS, guano bats, theres paragraphs worth of bands worth a mention.

    Its refreshing to have horror subject matter, which I'd only heard the Misfits do before discovering psychobilly.
    Its really hard getting a band together. Gotta have an upright bass, and people who aren't flakes, so the field gets real narrow..........

    But even psychobilly leaning punk (American Werewolves) is nice.

    Love it. It is unapologetically what it is, has it's own thing, and could care less about what's happening in the world, it just needs zombies and uptempo murder ballads. Golden.
     
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    I love the way The Cramps sounds like old 50's tunes with punk rock guitar sometimes. Juts GREAT music!!
     
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    Graveyard Farmers, though they are no longer a going concern.
     
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    One of our local bands, The Brainiax.

     
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