Gothabilly, also known as hellbilly, is, essentially, the bastard lovechild of Goth and rockabilly/psychobilly, both musically and visually. You have probably seen Gothabilly dresses in your local alternative fashion shop (assuming, that is, that you have one) due to the look's recent surge of popularity. Just as deathrock came under the wing of the Goth scene after its formation, so did Gothabilly - to begin with, it was simply seen as a spin-off genre of rockabilly, but nowadays both the music and the fashion have been adopted by Goths and are mostly seen within the Goth scene.
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The word 'Gothabilly' was coined by the band The Cramps in the late 70s, as they were looking for a term to describe their music - punk rock with rockabilly influences. The Cramps are most strongly associated with the psychobilly subculture, although they are also relatively popular amongst Goths. The term 'Gothabilly' came into common use amongst the alternative scenes when in the mid-90s record label Skully Records released a series of Gothabilly compilation albums.
Gothabilly fashion incorporates more colour than many styles of Goth fashion - from brightly-coloured leopard print to red or pink 50s cardigans. It can also be a more masculine look for the guys - as opposed to the frilly shirts of romantigoth or the ripped tights sported in deathrock. As Voltaire points out in What Is Goth?, Gothabilly is a good look for darkly-inclined gentlemen who don't wish to dress like "fruity vampires". Shirts with the sleeves ripped off, black denim, tattoos of buxom women and rockabilly quiffs galore.
|Amelia Arsenic (aka Destroy X of the band Angelspit)|