The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour (Beggars Banquet) 1982


Here’s a post from my friend Doc. Shocking Fall obsessive that he is. I own three Fall records this one, Extricate and the A-sides compilation. I think that’s all anyone ever needs. Doc would disagree. Over to you  Doc E. Smith!

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And Doc was asked to do something on The Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour album. Well enough days have passed and no one has blinked so here it is.

Perhaps I need to give a little of myself first. Some would say I am old but I don’t see it that way. However I have been listening to The Fall for 30 years. I bought their first 7” from Rocking Horse Records when it was a tiny shop under the stairs in the arcade. I have, hold, own, possess more stuff by this gruppe than any other bar one. I have had the pleasure of seeing them live 3 times now, including when they toured this beast down here. I can not be subjective about this album let alone objective, so go do the dishes or shoot wild pigs if that bothers you. It might be the greatest rock album released. I rate it with VU & Nico, Highway 61 and Funhouse.

It is 1 hour of music from 1982 of which 15 minutes were recorded in Iceland and the rest in England. It has a double drummer line up to give a solid groove. It’s got shards of guitars and keyboard dropping in and out to keep most of us on our toes. It’s got enough raw hatred and vitriol leaking out to keep most people’s attention. It is not rock music or pop music or dance music or the blues or classical (although it has a killer opening song called The Classical), etc. It is around these days as a single cd or a dble cd with bonus stuff (as you do these days). No filler material and with that length of time once you have been around it once you are ready to go again and not get bored.

OK to put it another way. It’s possibly the sound of my god perhaps talking to me. It’s a big noise that is not always easy on the ears. It talks to me in various ways none of them clear. One minute in and I’m put in my place with “hey fuck face” then I realise it is on the money.

It’s the black monolith of 2001 and I’m the ape-man not yet realising what this thing means to me. You need it even if you haven’t realised it yet.

In a physical sense it’s Osmium. So try to get into it and see how far you get. I’m still working on it.

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2 Responses to “The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour (Beggars Banquet) 1982”

  1. niggaz! fuckface fuckface… THE CLASSICAL

  2. Thanks for posting it without any editing. Rading it back now I would have expressed things differently. However creation is a tricky business and you have to know when to let go.
    Oh “Shocking Fall obsessive” hah just because I am old enough to own all the vinyl and am now worked on the expanded cd reissues… hey there are 30 years of live recordings to hunt down. One guy sends me a dic with 30+ different gigs on it then a little while later another sends a disc with 50+ gigs (^ very few double ups). Trust me I have a way to go before I can stand next to the true Fall obsessives. And know you do need more than that but perhaps not everything..:)

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