Hex Enduction Hour

Label
Sanctuary
Release date
1 Aug 2013
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
111:45

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Classical 5:16 41,563
2 Jawbone + the Air-Rifle 3:43 3,425
3 Hip Priest 7:47 30,765
4 Fortress / Deer Park 6:41 5,352
5 Mere Pseud Mag. Ed 2:47 2,296
6 Winter (Hostel-Maxi) 4:25 5,496
7 Winter 2 4:33 5,646
8 Just Step S'ways 3:22 16,284
9 Who Makes the Nazis? 4:28 18,792
10 Iceland 6:43 14,441
11 And This Day (1) 10:20 14
1 Deer Park (John Peel Session) 4:25 123
2 Who Makes the Nazis? (John Peel Session) 2:55 128
3 I'm Into C.B. (7" Version) 6:31 100
4 Session Musician (Live) 9:12 489
5 Jazzed Up Punk Shit (Live) 4:10 393
6 I'm Into C.B. (Stars On 45 Version) [Live] 3:14 146
7 And This Day (2) 6:14 7
8 Deer Park (Live) 9:35 374
9 And This Day (Revisited) [Live] 5:24 113

About this album

Hex Enduction Hour is a 1982 album by The Fall. It showcased a new two-drummer lineup, and the most accessible music they had yet produced. The music remained raw and noisy, but with a more pronounced melodic sense. The album was partly recorded in Iceland during the group’s 1981 visit, with the remainder being completed in a disused cinema in Hitchin, England.

Mark E. Smith told journalist Sandy Robertson that he had envisaged Hex as being the group’s final album and that he would not have continued in music had this been the case. However, the record received very positive reviews and was the first Fall album to make the official chart, spending 3 weeks in and peaking at #71.

In 1984, Motown Records expressed an interest in signing the band to a new UK division and asked to hear their back catalogue. “Hex” was the only album Smith had to hand. The letter the group received back stated “I see no commercial potential in this band whatsoever”. Smith publicly speculated that this might have had something to do with the lines “Where are the obligatory niggers? / Hey there, fuckface” from album opener “The Classical”.

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