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 42,887
2 Jawbone + the Air-Rifle 3:43 3,839
3 Hip Priest 7:47 31,667
4 Fortress / Deer Park 6:41 5,769
5 Mere Pseud Mag. Ed 2:47 2,607
6 Winter (Hostel-Maxi) 4:25 5,937
7 Winter 2 4:33 6,086
8 Just Step S'ways 3:22 16,898
9 Who Makes the Nazis? 4:28 19,412
10 Iceland 6:43 14,991
11 And This Day (1) 10:20 28
1 Deer Park (John Peel Session) 4:25 131
2 Who Makes the Nazis? (John Peel Session) 2:55 137
3 I'm Into C.B. (7" Version) 6:31 111
4 Session Musician (Live) 9:12 512
5 Jazzed Up Punk Shit (Live) 4:10 403
6 I'm Into C.B. (Stars On 45 Version) [Live] 3:14 189
7 And This Day (2) 6:14 11
8 Deer Park (Live) 9:35 394
9 And This Day (Revisited) [Live] 5:24 143

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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  • MisterJunior

    One of the best albums of the 80s. The bitterness is on full display here, as is Mark E. Smith's genius as a songwriter and lyricist. Hip Priest, Winter and Who Makes the Nazis? are the highlights for me. Love the harmonics only bass on the latter.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    top-album. lOve.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • epic_rain

    This was my introduction to The Fall so I'll always remember it fondly. Probably my favorite album by them.

    11 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Geebert

    Great - just found another Fall album I don't have. Looking forward to hearing this...

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • bubba_ch

    who makes the nazeehs?

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • IWannaBeAdored

    I think this is my favourite Fall record... doesn't mean it's the best but I definitely love the raw guitar sound on this album and the theme.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • SIRIUSACMA

    Hip Priest <З

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • intheskywd68

    I only just noticed that the length of this album is exactly one hour.

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • CrackedWalls

    Their magnum-opus.

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • TescoSwabs

    THE Definitive Fall record, period.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • brndn

    This is cool. I have no idea what the hell he's saying most the time but the music is great.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    "Opinions are like arseholes. Everyone's got one."

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • piribolygo

    no its not

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • lasalmejas

    Greatest record ever made? [2]

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • sainbrol

    my favorite for now

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    (best) (best) (best)

    27 Oct 2009 Reply
  • tomthemod

    be humbled in iceland

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • medlamoo

    He is not appreciated!

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • tomorrowsparty

    I gpt this over two years ago and loved it, but never looked into any more Fall till now. I think this was because Hex is just so amazing I didn't think anything would be able to compare. So far, nothing has.

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
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