A History of Hunch, Part I
Although he won't confirm the exact year (maybe he doesn't really
know) Hasil appears to have been born on April 29th, 1937 in Boone
County, West Virginia. Located in the southern most part of the
state, Haze's region is dominated by coal mines. Hasil's father,
Wid Adkins, dug coal for decades and sternly warned, "Don't you
ever go in those mines."
While Haze was drawn to music by the pure joy of making noise,
music would eventually offer a way out of the mines. Hasil took
to music as a child, turning it into a form of play. By making
sounds out of whatever he could find, ordinary objects like wash
tubs, bottles and jugs became instruments.
A lot of people didn't believe it when Hasil first took to the
stage in the mid-1950's. His crazy gyrations and hepped-up vocal
attack were mind boggling to the fair-goers and other inhabitants
of the biggest small town near Hasil's house... Madison. They did
know it was sort of the same thing that Elvis Presley was doing,
so they dubbed Haze, "Elvis Hasil Adkins."
Hasil's one-man-band approach arose in part from his reckoning that
the other musicians he heard on 78's were playing everything by
themselves. As the one-man-band began to hit his stride, the
hunching-like movements of his sexed-up fans gave birth to a new
dance. In 1957, Haze christened the new dance and the first of its
many offshoot songs, "The Hunch."
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