Whether you’ve dabbled in Rockabilly or jumped in to the deep end of the Rockabilly swimming pool, you’ve probably been asked the inevitable question; “so what is Rockabilly, anyway?”
For some reason the only times I’ve been asked this question is when I am with a group of people, so others always pop up with an answer first (even if they don’t claim an interest in the Rockabilly lifestyle). I’ve heard some pretty funny answers to this question. I’ve also heard some pretty rude answers. The rude answers tend to come more from online sources (internet anonymity can bring out the worst in people) although I’ve heard some doozies in person too.
Here are some of the great responses I’ve encountered:
It’s just a fancy name for trailer trash.
An abomination of vintage style, carelessly mixing 50′s dresses with 40′s hair.
An excuse to play the stand up bass.
Its what happens when punk scene veterans suffer some sort of trauma in their late twenties.
And this one, from Urban Dictionary, is probably my favorite!
This is a descriptive term that people apply to whatever object they are trying to get rid of on eBay that isn’t selling.
- Cheapskate #1- Jesus, I can’t get anybody to buy this awful plaid pair of pants from K-mart. What am I gonna do?
- Cheapskate #2- What, are you stupid? Just re-list it and call it Rockabilly K-mart plaid pants!!
- Cheapskate # 1- Dude, you are awesome!
For more humorous information on what Rockabilly is, check out Your Scene Sucks.
I’d love to hear some of the funny responses you’ve heard to this question!