The fine line between Greasers and Rockabilly…

Has been crossed over 10 times over and back…

Many folks nowadays mix up the two. Greasers and Rockabillies. To truly understand the two, you’re gonna have to do some research and get up on your history. As much as I’d like to help ya, it’s something you gotta do for yourself, so you don’t look stupid when someone asks you the difference.

Now, there are many directions rockabilly and greasers have been twisted, turned and churned. Mixing it all up and making it just one confusing mess for a lot of kids today. Trust me folks, it’s one big, ugly, fuckin mess…

So, here’s a video that doesn’t exactly make it any better…

The guys in the video are the only ones that didn’t get it twisted. Though the guy with the Jheri Curls was only making his judgement call from what he saw in the movies. But hey, he wasn’t too far off, right? Well, with the exception of the gel part…

The chick who called a pomp a “pump,” well… I’m not gonna say too much about it… But I’ll let this video speak on my behalf…

Now, with kids greasin’ up with pomade, wearing the same ol’ white t-shirts and calling themselves greasers, we’ve got ourselves a scene on our hands! But hey, that’s life. Luckily, they ain’t old enough to get into any bars! But that doesn’t stop the Hipsterbillies!

So folks… With rockabillies and greasers all becoming one big mess. It will now be called Rockabilly Greasers. So change your event flyers, rearrange your Facebook friends and make sure all of the “rockabilly” events you go to and tweet about, are now labeled “rockabilly greaser.”

Luckily for Retox, “Rockabilly Fridays” there didn’t last too long. Or else they’d have to print out new flyers to fix the error. But, I will always miss the what should have been, Rockabilly Greaser Fridays at Retox Lounge


9 responses to “The fine line between Greasers and Rockabilly…

  1. I’m gonna hope that gal’s “pump” comment was just vowel laziness. Right? Right? Please?

  2. El Sissyboy

    Now that we’re talking about this, can I ask you guys one thing?
    What’s up with the chucks? I know they became popular in 58 because the low chucks were introduced, but I just don’t get why they get tied to the greasers all the time.

    • Chuck Taylors, PF Flyers, and Pro-Keds were canvas shoes the youth wore back then.

      Obviously, the “dark side” of the youths favored black shoes.

      It wasn’t the only shoe that they wore, but it’s what folks of today prefer to translate it to, because they think that Penny Loafers = grandpa.

      It’s a gripe I have with a lot of “styling” people do for “rockabilly greaser photoshoots.” You’ll see slim fit/skinny jeans, black or white tees, and Chucks. It’s much more than that folks!

  3. I’m sorry.

  4. El Sissyboy

    Well, the thing with the white tees – as I’ve understood – they used to be underwear, and wearing them visibly or wearing nothing on top of the white T was seen as uncouth.
    I assume it was something similar to a wifebeater but then a little warmer, and as I’ve primarily seen white underwear coming from that time I assume tees only came in white.
    The H.A.M.B. has a few pictures of the salt flats where litteraly everyone wears white tees or unbuttoned the top of their overals and tied them around their waste showing a white T.
    I myself like white tees, but I also have grey and black ones, and hopefully soon I’ll have a black and white striped one and a few ringers.

    • The white t-shirts in the day were used simply as under-shirts.

      Everything then was crisp and with a standard. From starched oxford shirts, pants pressed with the crease down the center, to high and tight haircuts. Everything was to the T.

      So when the J.D.’s went out of the house with their white t-shirts, it was really a rebel yell. They were no longer going to conform to societies standards and people quickly took notice.

  5. And that ^.^

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