Americana – Do them foreigners “get it”…

better than we do?

Let’s take a look at Rockabilly around the world.


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Japan

OK, it is mostly the USA and Japan.

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USA (but taken by a Swede)

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Japan

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England

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USA

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Japan (again)

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USA

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USA

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Japan

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USA (or more to the point, ‘Vegas, which is very near to the US)

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Denmark?

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Japan

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US of A, Baaayyyyby!

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EspaƱa

Heck, let’s face it, the best shots are going to come from Tokyo Japan (and Harajuku / Yogoi Park at that), so let’s just get to it.

As Lynt says:

We sat here for a while watching the magic that was the Tokyo Rockabilly Club. So much energy, not so much rhythm but 100% pure style, commitment and showmanship. I do highly recommend spending an afternoon with these people. It will make your day.

Kudos Tokyo Rockabillies!

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But maybe it is not about “Americana” at all. Maybe it’s just about fashion.

Elvis Presley and His Tailor, Nudie, originally uploaded by ozoni11.

Do clothes make the Rockabilly when it comes right down to it?
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5 Responses to “Americana – Do them foreigners “get it”…”

  1. Jallen Dragonhide Says:

    *wiping tears out of eyes*

    I about bust something inside…. LMAO

  2. cha cha Says:

    i think the foreign rockabilly scene is mildly creepy in the fact they are all SO “overly perfect” it kinda becomes a caricature of itself. but i love that they appreciate it.

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  4. tomatofizz Says:

    yeah i’ve seen those tokyo rockabilly dancers and they are awsome they got the style..

  5. Kevbo Says:

    I actually find it flattering in a way that they would ape what is so innately a North American creation. The video is goofy fun.

    There is an interesting clean, precise sheen to Japanese rockabilly. Missing in the images and video I’ve seen elsewhere are all the motor oil and grease stains we’re used to. In their place are the shine of fresh vinyl, perfect glint of new chrome, dash of kawai fixation and an emphasis on pure style over the kind of low-brow rebellion that rockabilly represented here.

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