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Salon Betty is the raucous and sleazy dark cabaret art rock project formed by singer, songwriter and performance artist Betty X during years of 1994 to 1997. Betty cites the idea as being born in Prague while she was living there during the winter of 1992, from a dream that she had about a lurid and crazy Czech hair salon — A den of decadence and art, ala John Waters and David Lynch.

Salon Betty has been widely credited as being a major influence in the dark cabaret genre. They were the first band in North America to revive the new wave/punk/art movement during the grunge era of the mid-90’s, thus spring-boarding the dark punk cabaret revival and paving the way for current acts of the genre. In fact, Betty X has officially been credited with coining the terms “death lounge” and “gothabilly”.

Without doubt, Salon Betty was the sleaziest, weirdest, most outrageous, and funnest circus to grace the stages of legendary Northwest venues such as Moe’s, The Showbox, The Crocodile, Bumbershoot, Music West and Pride Rally — gaining infamy for crazy stage antics, whipped cream, novelty toys, bubbles, blue baby dolls, blow up dolls, glitter, sausage logs, and half-nude performances in front of Bumbershoot’s “family-oriented” audience.


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  • SourDaisy

    Oh..must have missed it.

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SalonBetty

    Viola! Salon Betty's Last Cigarette now available for download!

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Betty-X

    you can find Salon Betty's music on

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • awoodby

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Where can I find this band's albums, i've just spent 4 hours with not a single song to show for it!!! Can't a guy spend his money nowadays!!! i need more betty!!!!!!

    29 Jul 2009 Reply

    amazing- she can sing blues, jazz, new wave and cabaret and switch to metal and punk.

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • KindaPrincess

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    28 May 2008 Reply
  • Talula-belle

    I milk cows while listening to Salon Betty, and of course I have lots of greasy fries and that French bottled water. Horay!

    14 Apr 2008 Reply
  • xtra_bad_betty

    taking a drag on my last cigarette...I walk these streets every night... velvet violet of your corset makes me think of sex!

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Phibrizoq

    Oh, this is great.

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • fallofbabylon

    Woot, free mp3's. Thanks guys, finally my search is over!

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • xtra_bad_betty

    I love Betty's early music too...

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Phibrizoq

    A shame that Salon Betty's music is so hard to obtain: I've been lucky enough to find two songs in slsk, and hell they rock.

    12 May 2007 Reply
  • praha

    SB releases are out-of-print unfortunately!

    3 Mar 2007 Reply
  • fallofbabylon

    where in the nine hells can I get hold of Salon Betty material?

    8 Feb 2007 Reply
  • bloody_kisses

    Salon Betty the first band Betty X started in Seattle. It's very different dark-cabaret like The Dresden Dolls, and Tom Waits. If you like her vocals check out her new solo project- self titled BETTY X!

    6 Dec 2006 Reply