With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.— Brian Setzer
Astonishing Rockabilly quotations
The blues appealed to me, but so did rock.
The early rockabilly guitarists like Cliff Gallup and Scotty Moore were just as important to me as the blues guitarists.
Music is music; you can't change rock and say well this is punk rock and this is acid rock or rockabilly.
That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was.
I didn't realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America.
I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten.
For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas.
I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly.
I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song. I won't be known as anything but a country singer.
I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids.
To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better.
McCartney! Haven't met him and haven't played with him.
I would LOVE to. He needs to make a kick-ass rockabilly record.
[Country Music] is the final destination for many punk rockers [.
..] Rockabilly is the mid-point and then [they] end up at Country [...] There's purity to that music and I think that appeals to a lot of punk rock people - the precision, the purity, and the directness of Country Music.
I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do.
We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look.
We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era.
When I first came on the scene, I don't think people knew what to make of the way I dress, my aesthetic and how that ties into my music. It took a lot of explaining. You don't really see females in country music dressed in all black wearing funeral garb with netting on their face. I have a bit of a gothic sense to me in a lot of ways, with a bit of outlaw country, rockabilly and blues. My subject matter is off the cuff a little bit.
Mainly horror movies and exploitation movies and a lot of stuff comes from those press books from those old movies. Lines out of old movies, comic books that we collect, all the old horror comics of the 50s, probably about the only comics that we collect are obscure horror comics, the real sick ones from the 50s. Some stuff comes from there but mainly just old records, old rockabilly records and that stuff, singles mainly, 45s.
As a genre, rockabilly's post-Elvis profile has seldom been lower in the United States. Many labels that produced fresh bass-slappin' sides during the '90's are now out of business.