One, Two, Three O’clock, Four O’clock rock, Five, Six, Seven O’clock, Eight O’clock rock. Nine, Ten, Eleven O’clock, Twelve O’clock rock, We’re gonna rock around the park tonight. ROCKABILLIES INVADE THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH! Running on its 4th year and hosted by a vintage and rockabilly oriented retail store in Los Angeles called My Baby Jo, the event that took place on November 13th was a rockabilly/psychobilly trip to Anaheim in order to enjoy a day of retro fun. It is dubbed Rock Around the Park.
Jet-black pompadours meticulously crafted by fine toothed combs stylishly sitting atop sun-kissed hepcats like a crown in all its majestic pageantry. Draped with flannels, cuffed Levi’s 501 jeans, and some black All-Star Converse, many fans of Morrissey proudly wear their regalia signifying their subculture connection, music preference, or for the simple love the look. But what’s in some clothes and hairstyle?? Is it a uniform strategically arranged to fit the model “greaser” or rockabilly individual? Is it a way to pay homage to music like Morrissey’s? Is it an influence by the crowd one hangs with? As we seek to illuminate a relationship between Latinos and Morrissey, apparel and stylized presentation shall be an aspect to address.
In my quest to further elaborate on this, I ventured to Disneyland on a fine Sunday afternoon to find some answers to my inquiry. As I roamed around the park I actually found it somewhat difficult to approach those who were rockin’ the style. Much of the attire worn by many fans of Morrissey and those who are part of the Rockabilly crowd show resemblance to the working class wear of 20th century England, Marlon Brando in The Wild One, James Dean, the Teddy Boys from England, and of course the Greaser’s from the 50’s among other influences.
The conclusion I came to was that not all rockabilly folks are necessarily Morrissey fans, and just as equally not all Morrissey fans have the rockabilly aesthetic in their attire. So in my scouring of the OC for fans I somewhat have to develop a “Moz-dar” to identify those who follow Morrissey.