Hex Enduction Hour
The Fall Superior Viaduct

Hex Enduction Hour

Track List

  1. The Classical
  2. Jawbone and the Air-Rifle
  3. Hip Priest
  4. Fortress/Deer Park
  5. Mere Pseud Mag. Ed.
  6. Winter (Hostel-Maxi)
  7. Winter 2
  8. Just Step S'Ways
  9. Who Makes the Nazis?
  10. Iceland
  11. And This Day


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Format

12" Vinyl

Publisher

Superior Viaduct
Hex Enduction Hour was originally conceptualized as the death knell for The Fall. Beleaguered by career uncertainty and guided by vague premonitions of collapse, Mark E. Smith declared that one full hour was needed to thoroughly and perhaps finally state his case with The Fall. This framework resulted in a true classic of the post-punk era and an album that gave The Fall their first taste of album chart success, thankfully removing surrender from the equation.

Recorded in haste in both Iceland and England in late 1981, the performances on Hex Enduction Hour are among the band’s most urgent and distinctive. The album begins with the severe provocation of “The Classical” and the terse punk of “Jawbone And The Air-Rifle,” but it’s “Hip Priest” that stands out as Smith’s calling-card theme, a song that would become inextricable from his character (or perception thereof) in the years that followed. The elongated “And This Day” fittingly positions the band as spell-casters, closing the hour by filling every conceivable bit of space with wild, primitive percussion and whimsical electric piano.
About the artist

The Fall

The Fall were an English post-punk group, formed in 1976 in Manchester. They underwent many line-up changes, with vocalist and founder Mark E. Smith as the only constant member.

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