A one-man musical whirlwind, Hasil "Haze" Adkins epitomized the ethos of do-it-yourself do-it-your-own-way of outsider music. Before teenagers took to their garages in the 1960s, and punks crawled out of the gutters in the 1970s Haze was blazing a trail in West Virginia. Literally a one-man-band Haze blended country, Appalachian blues, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll with bizarre and darkly comic lyrics, to produce a unique sound that would later inspire the The Cramps and is credited as one of the earliest influences on a genre of music that would become known as Psychobilly, that emerged in early 1980s in the UK.
Much of Haze's early recordings were done on a tape recorder in his shack in the the Appalachian mountains, adding to the mythology of the man as being a true outsider musician and the godfather of not only Psychobilly but the whole garage/punk movement that would follow in the decades after Haze first built his own guitar, and stomped his feet on the floorboards of his shack. Haze gained recognition finally when The Cramps recorded his song She Said, which appeared both on their first live album Smell Of Female and their first compilation album ...Off The Bone, both in 1983. Erm... It appeared on their second compilation album Bad Music For Bad People in 1984. The Cramps must have really loved that song.
The Cramps drummer Miriam Linna approached Haze, which resulted in the creation of Norton Records and the release of the compilation album Out To Hunch in 1986. Their collaboration also produced the 1987 album The Wild Man, which was Haze's first professional recording session.
Themes in many of his songs included sex, heartbreak, decapitation, aliens, hot dogs and poultry. He really loved chicken!!!