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Hex Enduction Hour Import

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  • Audio CD (28 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Resurgence (UK)
  • ASIN: B00001R3NF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 Steps S'ways
  9. Who Makes the Nazis
  10. Iceland
  11. And This Day'

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By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Featuring both the greatest pop, rock, avant garde and "scratch-core". Ever. The guitars sratch and scrawl, generally destroying braincells at a marvellous rate of knots. Its hard not to marvel at the drumming set-up, two drummers pounding away, especially on "who makes the nazis?".Most albums make calls to disenfranchised youth, here, the fall make several calling cries to very, very strange youth. Any album starting with a blatantly funky, scratching, migrane inducing song like "the classical" is a genuine classic. But then it only gets better, everything, from detestable intellectuals, fascists, TV-show hosts, hunters, and the population-in-general get a good kicking from mark E smith and chums. Every song is a continuation, de-construction and departure from the last, the only waste being "and this day". If you only get one fall album, get this.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2003
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Written at the height of their powers, and featuring the vintage line-up of Scanlon, Hanley(s), Riley, Burns and Smith, this is the best Fall album bar none. For sheer proliferation of ideas both lyrically and musically there is nothing better before or since. One example is "Iceland", recorded live in a disused cinema in Reykjavik when the band simply started playing along to a simple two-note piano figure and Smith invites us to "roll up for the Underpants Show, there is not much time to go". Absolutely marvellous.
The story goes that this was played to the Motown (yep, Motown) executive as an example of the band's work prior to them agreeing a record deal - they heard the first 30 seconds of "The Classical" and decided that The Fall wouldn't sit too well alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops.
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'Hex Enduction Hour' is one of the great Fall albums, along with 'Dragnet', 'Grotesque', 'Slates', 'This Nation's Saving Grace', 'Extricate', 'Shiftwork' and 'The Unutterable'. It was the peak of the period in which Marc'Lard'Riley was in the band.
It opens with 'The Classical', covered badly by Pavement on 'Major League', a spleen-venting mesh of drums and bass and chiming bent sinister guitars. Famous for the line "Where are the obligatory niggers?", the song courts controversy as 'Rock'n'Roll Nigger' or 'The National Front Disco'. "I never felt better in my life" is the bizarre repetition at the peak of the song. This is such a great song, it would be worth to buy it for this alone.
'Jawbone & the air rifle' tells a bizarre horror-story, while 'Who Makes the Nazi's' invokes fascism, kazoos and a line about having "cobweb eyes". Viewers of 'The Silence of the Lambs' will have noticed the use of 'Hip Priest' in Jame Gumb's house. Smith gets "the same dirty clean shirt out of the wardrobe" and an evil drum beat takes over:"Hip Hip Hip!!!". The band get all jangly on 'Just Step Sideways', Norman Mailer is referenced on 'Deer Park' and 'And this day' makes 'Music Scene' from 'Live at the Witch Trials' seem like a two-min-pop-single.
'Hex Enduction Hour' is great, but you will still need the compilations 'Hip Priests & Kamerads' and 'In the Palace of Swords Reversed'. Avoid the terrible 'Room to Live'- though the live album 'In a Hole' is rather great, especially 'Backdrop'. A key album from one of the greatest bands of all time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk, Poetic and Powerful 22 Nov. 2000
By Michael Pinto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps one of the best examples of punk ever created, and yet this album really goes far beyond the genre. Even though it was recorded in the early 80's this collection of songs sounds like it was done yesterday. The song writing here is poetry, and the track "Winter" paints some wonderful pictures. One of my favorites "The Classical" which has a raw energy that few bands have captured before or since. Also featured is "Hip Priest" which has become a trademark for Mark E. Smith, who deserves a bit more credit. You can hear the roots of this album in so many places today - ranging from hip hop to industrial. You will never see the Fall mentioned in those silly VH1 specials, but rest assured this record belongs next to the best of all time.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and today on the vitamin B... 26 Jan. 2001
By Davdi Sutom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of my favorite Fall records. This one is highly focused throughout, and the chemistry between the instruments is uncanny and highly effective, especially on songs like Hip Priest and Fortress/Deer Park. No one but the Fall could make sense out of songs like that.
Highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Affront to Good Taste 20 Aug. 2004
By Erik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is quite possibly The Fall's best album. It is not for the faint of heart. The Fall's m.o. is summed up in a line from one of their early singles: "Repetition, repetition, repetition." The Fall eschew melodies in favor of crude riffs played ad nauseam. Mark E. Smith doesn't sing; he declaims. If you like punk rock, this album is a must-have for its energy, intelligence, and abrasiveness. One astounding song follows another. Smith struggles to be heard above the din of the band, which, incidentally, is in top form. "Deer Park" and "And This Day" are among the band's most bracingly obnoxious songs ever. "Winter" sounds downright lyrical in comparison. Every song here is a gem. Scabrous, contrarian, intransigent, and unmistakable, The Fall sound like a force of nature here. Anyone who delights in noisy rebellion will love this album.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kraut-rock and VU filtered through the Fall 18 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the band's most important releases, this has a more experimental aspect than the previous SLATES ep. Songs like the 2-part "Winter," "Hip Priest," and "Iceland/Island" are rhythmic and long in a kind of Can way (Mark was a big fan) while "Deer Park" has keyboards via the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray." This is not to say the songs are inferior. On the contrary, the songs are excellent because they still sound original and like The Fall . The two-drummer lineup works very well on the opener "The Classical," and there is some really catchy material in "Just Step Sideways" and "Who Makes the Nazis?" Problems? Yeah, a 10+ minute problem in the final song, the atrocious "And This Day." Everything else is great, and it beats the hell out of most of this "indie-rock" the kids like these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hip, hip, hip, hip, hip.... 4 Sept. 2004
By Paul H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Fall are one of those bands that have never been imitated, no matter how many comparisons other bands garner to The Fall are made. Really, Pavement ripping off The Fall? Please! That's about as annoying as saying that early Spoon ripped off the Pixies. In fact, The Fall are like the Pixies in that everybody's been influenced by them, but nobody's ever copied them. Why? Because only The Fall can be The Fall, and Hex Enduction Hour is ample proof. Never before or since on record has such tightly controlled chaos been produced. The guitars and percussion are all over the place, but they never threaten to fall apart. The whole record is one loud racket of dissonance and strange danceability with Mark E. Smith ranting about whatever has his pants in a bundle. It's an arctyple post-punk record, one that delivers everything anyone ever wanted out of the genre. Really, can you argue against "Just Step S'ways," "The Classical," "Jawbone And The Air-Rifle," and "Fortress/Deer Park"? What about the irony of "Hip Priest" where Smith rants against what will probably become most of The Fall's fanbase? Oh, you need this, and it makes a perfect starting point in The Fall's off-putting discography.
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