Hasil Adkins, Out To Hunch

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Rockabilly was never more bizarre than this.

Having already extolled the virtues of rockabilly one-man-band Adkins in the pages of their Kicks fanzine, Billy Miller and Miriam Linna launched Norton Records in 1986 just so they could release this mind-boggling collection of his home recordings from the '50s and '60s. The meat-loving minstrel would go on to make a number of other weird and wonderful records for the label, but the main building blocks of his myth can be found here: “She Said” (made famous by the Cramps), the would-be dance craze “The Hunch,” the romance-and-decapitation invitation “We Got a Date” and its follow-up, “I Need Your Head (This Ain't No Rock N'Roll Show).” Rockabilly was never more bizarre than this.