The history of American pop and rock music is littered with
examples of short term genre crazes. Some of them of lesser
worth fizzled only briefly and usually died out as quickly as they
had arrived. Included here would be space songs, monster
records, novelty items and death discs, and we might even be
tempted to list Psychobilly were it not for the fact that the
retrospectively named genre has proved to have had a huge
amount of influence on US groups and artists over the decades.
The roots of Psychobilly are found in the Rockabilly strand of Rock
'n' Roll, itself a rich and collectable genre of music. It did however
rather tend to push things to the limit with manic vocals, wild
instrumentation, and the overall feel of the records. The tracks
gathered here span the years 1956 up to 1964, thus lodging them
neatly between the original rockers and the sixties rockers.