The Fall

Hex Enduction Hour

Superior Viaduct SV115LP
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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.

Superior Viaduct's edition is the first time that Hex Enduction Hour has been available on vinyl in the USA since its initial release in 1982. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour

The Classical The Fall
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle The Fall
Hip Priest The Fall
FortressDeer Park The Fall
Mere Pseud Mag. Ed. The Fall
Winter The Fall
Winter #2 The Fall
Just Step S'ways The Fall
Who Makes the Nazis The Fall
Iceland The Fall
And This Day The Fall

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