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September 1, 2013 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Hamper McBee - moonshiner, carnival barker, singer and raconteur

There’s no other way to say it: Hamper was an absolute original. His clothes; his mustache and pompadour; his lusty dedication to booze, cigarettes, and light cussing (“goddamn” and “hell” being foremost in his lexicon); his keen intelligence and creative grace (sincerely) sharing space in his conversation and repertoire with hysterically bizarre, irreverent, and filthy songs and tales from a life spent on the carnival circuit, at the moonshine still, in the Wauhatchie railroad yards, in the back of Sheriff Bill Malone’s patrol car, and as Hamper McBee.

Raw Mash
- from the Folkstreams "Southbound" series. Filmed by Sol Korine.

Hamper sings Jasper Jail

Cabbage Head

At the 1982 Knoxville World Fair


Black Jack Davey

On religion and drinking on Sunday


On racing a Southern Railway train


On Hot Rod Hogan, "only monkey in existence that rides a car in a motordrome."
posted by dubold (6 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thank you for this. Reminded of Jesco White by the "Jasper Jail" narration -- although it appears this guy was far less terrifying than Jesco, and much more talented.
posted by Countess Elena at 2:45 PM on September 1, 2013


Goddammit Flapjax, what's with the sock puppet?
posted by timsteil at 3:56 PM on September 1, 2013


Filmed by Sol Korine.

Harmony's dad, FWIW.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:34 PM on September 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Goddammit Flapjax, what's with the sock puppet?

I consider that a compliment!
posted by dubold at 12:58 AM on September 2, 2013


The "Root Hog or Die" link explains that the author actually came across "Raw Mash" through a screening at Harmony's home. I'd imagine that growing up with stories about Hamper and other characters actually explains a lot about Harmony's filmmaking.
posted by dubold at 1:01 AM on September 2, 2013


I'd imagine that growing up with stories about Hamper and other characters actually explains a lot about Harmony's filmmaking.

I think it really, really does. But more than the characters, there seems to be ample influence on the aesthetic and the tone and the way the story, such as it is, is told. About a minute into Raw Mash, I was like, Ohhhhhhhh. It really does seem like a definite precursor to Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:44 AM on September 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


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