( FREE song download. Click here to get your copy http://www.supernaturalgears.org/vampire-haze.html ) Purple Haze Vampire Video Song – Hexabaloo Productions story behind the scenes of the video and song: I went to a gig at the Boondocks Tavern in Seven Valleys, Hex County, Pennsylvania to see the band drummer James Swalinski was in. Can’t think of the bands name now. This was around 96. I used to play in bands with James back in the day, in the 70’s Strawbridge and Pyramid. He played drums on my very first recordings I did in the late 70’s with the 80-8 one of the first consumer multitrack machines available.
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There was this girl dressed in complete black sitting at the bar drinking this really red dark bloody looking drink that looked like blood. I thought she looks very strange like a Vampire. I walked up to the bar where she was sitting and asked her, “what is that drink your drinking?” She said I’m drinking blood I need it. I laughed. She didn’t. Ha. I wanted to make a Vampire movie at the time with the song Purple Haze by Hendrix. I called my version Purple Haze Vampire. I thought she would be perfect. I asked her if she wanted to be in my music video about the Vampire called “Purple Haze,” with the song Purple Haze which I had gotten permission from Jamie Hendrix to release. I had to get permission from Jamie before I could release my version of the song even though ascap gave permission they said I still had to get her permission. She’s very protective of Jimi’s music. Sent her a tape then called her a few days later to see if she liked it and if she would allow me to release. She said it was the strangest weirdest version of the song she ever heard. She said yes, go ahead and release. When I called her I was so nervous to hear her decision. She said, “I like your version Lenny.” It is very strange, but I like it. It felt so cool to get her permission. We then had a cool interesting conversation about her brother Jimi. I love Jimi’s music.
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The Vampire girl ( I’ve since forgotten her name, if anyone knows who she is in the video let me know ) showed up at the spooky farmhouse I was renting in Rehmeyer’s Hollow. Lots of weird things happened down there when I lived there like crop circles showing up on the hill in front of the house. Some Mennonite girl walking down the middle of the road. She looked like she was in a Trance wearing torn clothing. I’ll get to the extremely bizarre paranormal happenings while living there later. Truly strange things going on in that place.
Robin had built the set. Fog machine and so on. The Vampire girl brought her small son with her. He kept asking me if he could be in the video. Finally I said yes. I gave him an amish hat and my motorcycle jacket and said, here put this on. He then became a true actor. I was surprised. ( Don’t know his name either, that was 21 years ago so he’s grown up now ). I shot many scenes using an old Hi-8 camcorder of the Vampire girl and her son. She said she had been asked to go to Hollywood to be in Vampire movies but never went. I was in a movie when I lived in California called “Hanging Heart,” a Japanese film by a Japanese director. I’ve never seen the movie. No, it wasn’t porn. Never did porn although I was approached by filmmakers to do it. LOL. They wanted me to be in the remake movie “Get Smart,” but I turned it down. Realized I really didn’t want to be a movie star. Ha.
Back to the story. She looks like your classic Vampire. She was very cool. They didn’t have digital then so the video is very grainy which is actually cool for this type of video shoot. I finally put the video together around 2008 about the time Youtube came out. When youtube first came out you could get thousands of views then. I even got around 6 million on a video back then. Youtube is saturated now so it’s hard to get an audience like that now. If you get a chance please watch the video and hear my strange version of Purple Haze. This is the first music video I taped. After this I saw an ad in the paper looking for wedding videographers from Frank King Photography. I never knew such a business existed. I thought I can do that. Instead of applying for the job I started my own Wedding Video business with Robin my wife. We videotaped around 800 weddings in the last 20 years. Eventually a medical issue arose that destroyed the business. But, thank God healthwise that seems to be currently resolved at the moment. The good part is I’m retired now and can pursue my passion of full time recording and motion picture production in my own very strange way. No rules. LOL. – Lenny