|Cultural origins||Late 1970s, United States|
|Mainly the United States and England but growing in popularity in many Scandinavian countries.|
Gothabilly (sometimes hellbilly) is an offshoot of psychobilly influenced by the goth subculture. The name is a portmanteau word that combines gothic and rockabilly, first used by the Cramps in the late 1970s to describe their somber blend of rockabilly and punk rock. Since then the term has come to describe a fashion style influenced by gothic fashion, as seen in its use of black silks, satins, lace and velvet, corsets, top hats, antique jewellery, PVC, and leather.
The term gothabilly was not popularized until the release of a series of international gothabilly compilation albums released by Skully Records in the mid-1990s.
The Cramps have been credited with coining the term "gothabilly".
Gothabilly is particularly active in the western portion of the United States, with many of today's bands originating in California.