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Intro and Info

There are few traditional genres that Punk hasn’t tried to ‘revive and bastardise’ over the years, but this particular offshoot has developed more of a following than most. It’s essentially 50′s Rock n Roll, most strictly Rockabilly given a dirty, lo-fi makeover by Punk – then they add an upright double bass to provide the rhythm. Some of the biggest bands in this genre would be "The Cramps" who started the whole thing off, "The Meteors" who ultimately established the genre, and "The Reverend Horton Heat" who guaranteed the long-term longevity of the style.

The main reason this is covered on here is is that during the Deathrock revival of the 00s, the "Psychobilly" genre was seen as something of a close relative, both styles dealing up a degree of camp theatrics, production values that were the musical equivalent of a cheesy B-movie and a subtle sense of humour that played a wry tribute to their respective influences. Hence it wasn’t unheard of to hear both styles in the same setlists. There’s even a Gothic friendly variant of the style called ‘gothabilly’, but too many sub genres are a massive pain.
The Cramps;-

The Meteors;-

The Reverend Horton Heat;-

Some Bands



The Cramps

The Creepshow

Demented Are Go!


The Fireballs

Frantic Flintstones

The Go-Katz

Guana Batz

Hank Williams III


Hotrod Frankie

Johnny Thunders

King Kurt


The Meteors



The Reverend Horton Heat


Salon Betty

Stray Cats

Tiger Army