The Fall

Hey! Luciani

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Fading in on a swell of sound suddenly punctuated by a harpsichord melody, "Hey! Luciani" is another one of the late-'80s Fall singles that sounds initially strange in its bright warmth, but turns out to be a perfect little pop winner while not compromising what was core about the group. Ian Broudie's production certainly brings out the more winning sides of the band, while Mark E. Smith's lyric is one of his most conventional, easily delivered, and almost fun sounding, even when he comes up with lines like "They said you were peasant stock." The full-band performance has more than a little tinge of what Brix Smith would do in the Adult Net, but there's some good, solid thwack in the drums and, especially on the instrumental break, some classically scrabbly Fall guitar from the indefatigable Craig Scanlon. It might have seemed a long way from the Fall's beginnings, but it was still Smith's show all the way, even with Brix adding some sparkling backing vocals at the end.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1987 Big Time
458489 A-Sides 1990 Beggars Banquet 3:34
Backdrop 2001 Resurgence / Resurgent Music 3:55
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats 2004 Beggars Banquet 3:34
Singles 1978-2016 2017 Cherry Red 3:33