ARTIST: The Fall
TITLE: Hex Enduction Hour
YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #71 UK, #2 UK Indie
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Classical
LINEUP: Mark E Smith, Craig Scanlon, Mark Riley, Steve Hanley, Paul Hanley, Karl Burns, Kay Carroll
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Fall change record labels, record in Iceland,
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Mark E. Smith and the Fall toured Iceland in 1981, and recorded some tracks up there. That set the tone for this album, which is yet another collection of the early Fall, this time with two drummers and a percussionist.
Like normal, the lyrics are dense and somewhat impenetrable, especially if you don’t have the lyric sheet and are just trying to hear Smith recite his songs. Most of them are observations on like he saw in the UK, mainly from posers and pretenders. He doesn’t usually have a lot of kind things to say a lot of the time to others.
A couple of tracks are a bit overlong. The ending track was 10:18 and cut down by half from its original running time. Yet another, “Iceland” was recorded off the cuff. Most of these songs work in their own way, though.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Motown Records was interested in signing the Fall a couple of years later, and they heard this album, and decided against it. Well, it’s NOT commercial, of course.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Live cuts, singles, BBC sessions. The ususal.
GRADE: B+: A couple of overlong songs reduce the value of this album for me.