Psychobilly is a strange and elusive beast, a sub-culture of a sub-culture, maybe existing more as a concept than a reality. If punk is dead, then psychobilly is already lurking in the graveyard somewhere. Yet for those devotees of psychobilly, it has a hold on one’s heart that’s hard to let go.
The Danish band the Horrorpops invigorated the psychobilly and punk scene when they were active, and were one of the most popular psychobilly bands of all time. Yet, unfortunately, they have seemed to be inactive for quite some time. Although they haven’t officially disbanded, it’s safe to say that any Horrorpop fan shouldn’t hold their breath for a new tour or album.
That leaves Tiger Army, who may be the best psychobilly band currently active, and released an album as recently as 2016 “Prisoner of the Night.” They are currently touring throughout southern California and Latin America, and the quality of their music, weaving together harmonies and the soul of dirty rockabilly, is haunting.
One of their best songs is “Wild Heart,” about a broken-hearted man who betrayed the only woman he could ever love. Take a listen just to remember again how good “Tiger Army” is.
All hail Danzig! I am, and always will be, a diehard Danzig fan. Based on the merits of the Misfits and Samhain and the fact that he hasn’t succumbed to drugs, and is still rocking, makes me love him even more.
Somewhat surprisingly, Danzig has recently appeared on pro wrestler Chris Jericho’s podcast “Talk Is Jericho,” so this is one of the few times that you will get an in-depth interview with Danzig. Although initially surprising, Danzig has long been a pro wrestling fan and oftentimes can be seen at live WWE events. Listen to the podcast below:
Danzig, the man the myth the legend, has awakened from his slumber and released a music video N.I.B. and not surprisingly it’s controversial. Danzig, himself, as far as I could see has not appeared in the video. But instead the video hosts women who look they come straight from the San Fernando Valley. As much as I love horror and the occult, the video just isn’t very…. scary, spooky, or sexy. I’m a diehard Glenn Danzig fan, and am happy that he’s still active, when so many of my heroes have died young. Part of me just hopes that he re-visits his early punk roots, when he created his best and most unforgettable music that has cemented his musical legacy. You can watch the video below.
Punk Bunny was a Los Angeles-based punk band that combined electro beats with the griminess of punk, lead by the talented Gil Sandoval. I first heard about Punk Bunny five or six years back, because I watched the Goddess Bunny viral video, and through YouTube happened to click on a Punk Bunny video. Instantly, I was hooked. The music used low-brow, gutter-punk imagery, lyrics about gay trade, and a pulsating energy that talked about sex without love, sex for money, the superficiality of today’s world.
Punk Bunny lasted a pretty long time, when considering how fleeting many bands are. Gil Sandoval utilized a rag-tag bunch of misfits like the Goddess Bunny and Francine The Dancer to pretty brilliant effect. It’s too bad that he was never able to get Angelyne to vibrate on the stage with him, which would’ve been surreally perfect.
Punk Bunny built up a following over the years, but unfortunately in January Gil Sandoval announced via his facebook page that he has disbanded Punk Bunny. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we hear of Sandoval, and eventually he starts making music again in the near future. Below is a video for Punk Bunny’s “The Price Is Right.”
Wayne Static, lead singer and guitarist of innovative industrial band Static-X passed away in 2014. While a musician passing away early is not unusual, it’s even more tragic that Wayne Static passed away while seemingly in a decent place in his life. He was married to the love of his life, former adult star Tera Wray, and they lived together in Joshua Tree, California. Static was an underrated talent, eccentric in appearance, he was also well-spoken and polite in interviews.
Tera Wray was sometimes (unfairly) referred to as the “Yoko Ono of metal” because of her and Wayne Static becoming inseperable, and perhaps being the reason why the band disbanded. She was a total free spirit, and that combined with her aggressive sexuality seemed to rub fans the wrong way. Tera and Wayne Static initially met at Ozzfest, when Tera told him directly that she wanted to “f%*k him” and they were together ever since.
There are many videos of Static and Tera on YouTube, where by all accounts they seem very happy together and deeply in love. Tera Wray, due to her flamboyant sexually explicit personality and adult movie past, was hated by some of Wayne Static’s fans for controlling his life. But it’s pretty obvious that they were together, because they were two broken people who had found each other and happiness in that closeness.
Static passed away supposedly from prescription drugs, and he did so while sleeping next to his wife. Although it seemed that Tera would eventually move on, she also committed suicide in January 2016, perhaps hoping that her and Wayne Static could eventually be together again. It seemed to be a case simply where she couldn’t bear to face life without him. It’s very sad to imagine the bright, bubbly Tera Wray feeling so deeply that she no longer wanted to live at the age of 33. So here’s hoping that these two somehow find their way to each other again.
My favorite Static-X song is “Push It” a brilliant video and song.