Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Back to the Roots

 

A little background, shall we? 

To start, the term, "Rockabilly," refers to the merging of 1950's Rock music and "Hillbilly" country music, primarily in the South. Being a Southern girl at heart, I'm happy to embrace all of these elements, and the decades they celebrate. In fact, I'll be the first to raise a Lonestar and dance a jig to  Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Now, the other side of the subculture's equation is referred to as "Gothabilly," which I tend to lean towards, given my fascination with Classic Cars, Film Noir and all things Bettie Page. 
You can expect to see lots of leather, high heels, pencil skirts and fishnet stockings in this crowd. Which, by the way, I think can be pulled off in a manner that suits all women, of all shapes and sizes. (Which is more than I can say about today's modern fashions) ...

Furthermore, these ladies tend to boast elaborate tattoos.     
(Myself included...) If done well, these can only add to the woman's mystique, as far as I'm concerned. But if done wrong .... well, let's just leave it at that, shall we? If you feel so inclined to explore the depths to which some will sink ... well, just have a look at this fabulous collection of nonsense. "Gallery of Ink that Stinks"

If you are looking for a little perspective regarding my initiation into this vintage loving culture, I'd have to say, that my very first Rockabilly / Gothabilly role model, as corny as this will sound, was Traci Lords in Cry-Baby.

Yes, I was only 8  years old, and yes, I had a raging crush on Johnny Depp's character ...  but above all else,  I recognized something in her style. She may have been ultra-sexy, but she was also ultra-classy.
I mean, look at that luggage! And just the right amount of leg ... bravo!
A perfect example of "Less is More"
So given that we come from a long line of classy ladies, I'm a bit shocked at some of the recent Rockabilly spin-offs.

For example ... what are we trying to channel here?

Size / Schmize. You can be a size 14 and pull it off with grace and sex appeal.
But this is a classic example of a Rockabilly "no-no" ...







I personally think the gal could take a lesson from the "World Famous Bob"...
She's not a size 2, by any means ... but she knocks sex appeal out of the ball park.
I've seen her multiple times on stage at some of New York's finest burlesque shows, and I must say, we could all take a lesson from Bob.

So there you have it. A small initiation into my Rockabilly world ... and hopefully a glimpse into what I'm trying to achieve here with "The Rockabilly Sophisticate."

** And on a side note, I would LOVE to hear about YOUR first Pin-Up idol. ;)

More to come ... Ta Ta for Now!

3 comments:

  1. My "idol" is someone who is not considered a pin-up, but she is in-fact from the same era; Miss Donna Reed. I. LOVED. HER! I remember being about 8 yrs old the first time I saw her on Nick At Night, and she just exuded everything I wanted to be; classy, sweet, poised, smart, loving. After a month or so I asked my Grandma to make me a dress 'like Donna Reed's'. She looked at me and smiled, and the next day I had my very own yellow eyelet sundress. Not too long after I saw Grease and American Graffiti. I knew right then that I needed a slew of poodle skirts and saddle shoes. And who ever the "bad girls" were....I started to like them best.

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  2. I love Donna Reed too!
    And if that's not a classy lady, then I don't know what is.

    This is a great picture of her ...
    Pin-Up style.

    http://www.internetweekly.org/2009/05/news_memorial_day_with_donna_reed.html

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  3. Dan Zukovic's "DARK ARC", a bizarre gothic noir dark comedy called "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different..." in Film Threat, was recently released on DVD and Netflix through Vanguard Cinema (http://www.vanguardcinema.com/darkarc/darkarc.htm), and is currently
    debuting on Cable Video On Demand. The film had it's World Premiere at the Montreal Festival, and it's US Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. Featuring Sarah Strange ("White Noise"), Kurt Max Runte ("X-Men", "Battlestar Gallactica",) and Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy "The Last Big Thing"). Featuring the glam/punk tunes "Dark Fruition", "Ire and Angst" and "F.ByronFitzBaudelaire", and a dark orchestral score by Neil Burnett.

    TRAILER : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPeG4EFZ4ZM

    ***** (Five stars) "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different...something you've never tasted
    before..." Film Threat
    "A black comedy about a very strange love triangle" Seattle Times
    "Consistently stunning images...a bizarre blend of art, sex, and opium, "Dark Arc" plays like a candy-coloured
    version of David Lynch. " IFC News
    "Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is...Don't see this movie sober!" Metroactive Movies
    "Equal parts film noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast. " American Cinematheque

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