Gothabilly (sometimes hellbilly[1]) 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.[1][2] 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.[1]


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.[3][4]

The Cramps have been credited with coining the term "gothabilly".[1]

Gothabilly is particularly active in the western portion of the United States, with many of today's bands originating in California.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Breen, Meagan (2009-03-05). "An Introspective into Gothabilly". Auxiliary Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  2. ^ Uutela, Deanna (2007-10-04). "Case of the Zombies". Eugene Weekly. Eugene, Oregon. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  3. ^ Valarie Thorpe: Interview with Ghoultown's Count Lyle, Retrieved on April 14, 2009
  4. ^ Kirst, Sean (2007-10-31). "A Halloween Greatest Hit...The Tale of Skully Records". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  5. ^ Johnson, Daniel (April 09), "The Growth of Gothabilly", RSEE, Riverside County, CA.