Tuesday, May 03, 2005

HASIL ADKINS R.I.P.

As many of you are no doubt aware, Hasil Adkins passed away recently at age 67. Although he received plenty of attention and cult stardom thanks to cats like The Cramps covering his songs, he was, in many ways, the quintessential "outsider" musician. An authentic hillbilly, "Haze" toiled for decades in obscurity in his isolated West Virginia home, recording crude one-man-band rockabilly hollers like these would-be dance crazes:
"Let's Slop Tonight" and the classic "The Hunch"
He will be forever remembered for his many fine songs about chopping off girl's heads and hanging them on the wall: "No More Hot Dogs."

2 comments:

mingfrommongo said...

Three great choices for the uninitiated. The world has lost a true original - and those are harder to come by nowadays.

BTW, I also enjoyed The Burka Band.

Phil Th said...

Damn, Haze is gone, no more hot dogs...