HEX

Hex was a brief collaboration between Steve Kilbey and Donnette Thayer, formerly of Game Theory. They released 2 albums. Read more about Donnette Thayer and Hex on Shadow Cabinet.

HEX (1989)

Hex - Hex Front Cover

Tracks

  Media

1.Diviner (4:43)
2.Hermaphrodite (2:14)  
3.Ethereal Message (5:43) / /
4.Mercury Towers (5:03)
5.Out Of The Pink Sky (2:48)
6.Fire Island (5:11)
7.In The Net (6:43) /
8.Silvermine (2:09)
9.Elizabeth Green (5:10)
10.An Arrangement (1:12)  

» Lyrics «

Credits

Donnette Thayer - Voice and a few instruments
Steve Kilbey - All other instruments

Produced by Steve Kilbey
All songs written by S. Kilbey and D. Thayer except tracks 2, 5, 8 & 10 by S. Kilbey
All songs published by Funzalo Music/First Warning Music (BMI)
Recorded Winter 1988/89
Some of this album was engineered at New Breed Studios, N.Y., by Andy Ebbenbach
The rest was engineered at Gambit Studios, N.Y., by Bryce Goggin
Drums on 'Elizabeth Green' played by Andy
Photography by Carol Fondé
Art Direction by John Foy

Releases

Vinyl Inner Groove Messages
First Warning FW 001-1
    Both Sides: "SNOW ANGEL VS THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS"
Demon FIEND 156
    Side 1: ORDINARY OBJECTS LIKE ...
    Side 2: ... WANDS AND DIVINING RODS

Notes

First Warning LP inner sleeve includes this Hex write-up:

Hex is neither a group nor an album, but rather the dynamic union of singer/songwriter Donnette Thayer (formerly of Game Theory) and producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steve Kilbey (bassist and principal vocalist for The Church). The music is rich and seductive, a bewitching mix of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments, capped with alluring lyrics. Call it post-psychedelic rock 'n' roll, future-folk, melodic prose and poetry or musical moods for ultra-moderns, Hex is an indescribably enticing album that will enchant you.

LP promo copies included a press kit.

LP inner sleeve/CD booklet includes two prose/poems (roll over or tap a title to see the poem):

Photo of Donnette in the CD booklet

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VAST HALOS (1990)

Hex - Vast Halos Cover

Tracks

  Media

1.Monarch (3:23)
2.Shelter (4:42)
3.March (5:26)  
4.Centaur (2:26)
5.Antelope (6:00)
6.Hollywood In Winter (5:12)
7.Orpheus Circuit (3:40)
8.Aquamarine (4:44)  
9.Hell (4:04)  
10.Vast Halos (4:09)

» Lyrics «

Credits

Donnette Thayer - organic sounds
Steve Kilbey - electrical impulse control
Jim McGrath - pounding, shaking and apple eating

Produced by Steve Kilbey.
Recorded in the fifth sleeper, Winter 1989/90
Cover photo image by Kim Stringfellow
All songs Steve Kilbey and Donnette Thayer
Published by Funzalo Music/FW Music (BMI)

Releases

Notes

A press release for Vast Halos was issued by Rykodisc.

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MARCH (1990)

Hex - March 12inch Cover

Tracks

Side 1:

  1. March (Fort Apache Version) (4:32)
  2. March (Fifth Sleeper Mix) (5:40)
  3. March (Album Version) (5:42)

Side 2:

  1. Antelope (Album Version) (6:00)
  2. Antelope (Unreleased Instrumental) (6:08)

Releases



 

COMPILATIONS FEATURING TRACKS BY HEX

TUNE UP ALBUM NETWORK (1989)

Includes Ethereal Message


CERTAIN DAMAGE! VOLUME 30 (1990)

Certain Damage! Volume 30 Cover

Tracks

  1. Merry Go Round (3:29) - Replacements
  2. Annie's Gone (3:33) - Redd Kross
  3. Adios Mexico (2:42) - Texas Tornados
  4. Hippychick (3:14) - Soho
  5. Been Caught Stealin' (3:33) - Jane's Addiction
  6. Wartime (5:46) - Wartime
  7. Commercial Rain (4:43) - Inspiral Carpets
  8. Celebrate (3:30) - An Emotional Fish
  9. Night Comes In (4:54) - Oyster Band with June Tabor
  10. Peppermint Rock (3:40) - French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson
  11. PSA: R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for the National Wildlife Federation (0:20)
  12. Sebebu (5:38) - Aster Aweke
  13. Never Leaving Eden Again (4:28) - Water Walk
  14. March (5:26) - Hex
  15. Heaven (3:29) - Into Paradise
  16. Voodoo Chile (5:33) - David Torn
  17. Scratching The Whole (3:18) - Bootsauce
  18. Insane (4:01) - Criminal Nation

Releases

Notes

Includes this paragraph about Hex:

For those who escaped the spell that was Hex's debut LP, Steve Kilbey (Church vocalist/bassist) and Donnette Thayer (formerly of Game Theory) have reunited to produce a second LP, Vast Halos. If "March" is indicative of what we have to look forward to, prepare for the never-ending wonderment of Thayer's silken voice swirling atop Kilbey's lush arrangements, all sewed seamlessly together with a beautiful chorus and a velvet-crushing drum beat. Surely a magical union made in Old Salem witch country.


RYKODISC: SEPTEMBER SONGS - 1990 (1990)

Rykodisc September Songs - 1990 Disc

Tracks

  1. Night Comes (4:55) - June Tabor and The Oyster Band
  2. All Tomorrows Parties (3:58) - June Tabor and The Oyster Band
  3. March (5:39) - Hex
  4. Hollywood In Winter (5:25) - Hex
  5. Growin Up (3:28) - David Bowie
  6. Lone Wolf #3 (0:20) - Timberwolf
  7. #4 For Gaia (4:56) - Mickey Hart
  8. Cougar Run (3:32) - Mickey Hart
  9. Social Fools (3:41) - Devo
  10. Mongoloid (3:32) - Devo
  11. Lone Wolf #1 (0:37) - Timberwolf
  12. Empty Seat Beside Me (3:28) - Chris Wall
  13. I Wish John Stetson Made A Heart (3:32) - Chris Wall
  14. Baby Blue [live] (3:39) - Badfinger
  15. Day After Day [live] (3:08) - Badfinger
  16. Leave It (3:41) - McGear
  17. It Don't Come Easy (3:07) - Ringo Starr
  18. The Weight (5:48) - Ringo Starr

Releases


DR. DEATH'S VOL. 4: THE MARVELS OF INSECT LIFE, INSTRUMENTAL COMPANION (1990)

Dr. Death's Vol. 4: The Marvels of Insect Life, Instrumental Companion Cover   Dr. Death's Vol. 4: The Marvels of Insect Life, Instrumental Companion Cover

Includes Antelope (Instrumental)


POST-GROUNDHOG'S DAY SPECTACULAR (1991)

Rykodisc Post-Groundhog's Day Spectacular Cover  

Tracks

  1. Valentine (4:29) - Nils Lofgren
  2. Red Wooden Beads (3:00) - John & Mary
  3. Rags Of Flowers (live) (3:18) - John & Mary
  4. Mississippi (3:17) - June Tabor & The Oyster Band
  5. Shelter (Acoustic) (4:17) - Hex
  6. Seinn Oi (Sing!) (3:51) - Martin Swan
  7. Bratach Bana (White Banners) (4:52) - Martin Swan
  8. Breakaway (2:45) - The Barking Tribe
  9. White Man's Mind (3:07) - The Barking Tribe
  10. I Fought The Law (4:06) - The Oyster Band
  11. Navajo Rug (3:02) - Jerry Jeff Walker
  12. Detour (3:35) - Jerry Jeff Walker
  13. Superstitious Blues (4:00) - Country Joe McDonald
  14. Cocaine (Rock) (3:49) - Country Joe McDonald
  15. Soba Song (2:58) - 3 Mustaphas 3
  16. a) Burke E Kripe Ne Vater Tone; b) Kalaxhojne (4:08) - 3 Mustaphas 3
  17. Take Me Back to Jamaica (3:55) - Jolly Boys
  18. Woman Smarter (3:09) - Jolly Boys

Releases

Notes

Includes this brief paragraph about the Hex song:

The original version of this song appears on Vast Halos, studio crafted by Donnette Thayer and Steve Kilbey. This exclusive acoustic version was recorded with Hex, the seven piece band.


STEAL THIS DISC 3 (1991)

Steal This Disc 3 Cover

Tracks

  1. Seinn O! (Sing!) (3:49) - Mouth Music
  2. Walkin' Nerve (3:57) - Nils Lofgren
  3. Love Or Confusion (2:56) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  4. Red Wooden Beads (3:03) - John & Mary
  5. Flowers In The Snow (3:14) - Jerry Jeff Walker
  6. Grey Skies (edit) (5:01) - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
  7. Croc Gossip (2:14) - Michael Case Kissel
  8. In France (3:05) - Frank Zappa
  9. Sometimes (3:02) - Badfinger
  10. Honey Don't (2:39) - Ringo Starr
  11. Ripe Tomato (3:23) - The Jolly Boys
  12. Breakaway (2:45) - Barking Tribe
  13. Uglatto (2:01) - Devo
  14. Benga Taxi (3:12) - 3 Mustaphas 3
  15. To Where I Am Now (3:57) - Marty Willson-Piper
  16. Centaur (2:42) - Hex
  17. Something To Shoot (3:37) - Chris Wall
  18. Cocaine (Rock) (3:50) - Country Joe McDonald
  19. Meant For You (3:22) - Evan Johns & His H-Bombs
  20. Norton (2:39) - Mike McGear
  21. Heroes/Helden (3:41) - David Bowie
  22. Rattlesnake Round-Up (Reprise) (2:56) - Kaiser & Kuriokhin
  23. Finisterre (3:43) - June Tabor & The Oyster Band

Releases

Notes

Includes this write-up on Hex:

Yet another effort from yet another member of The Church. Those lads must never sleep without having at least one new song run through their dreams. Wherever Steve Kilbey and his Hexmate Donnette Thayer find their inspiration, it is sure to be a guarded place, dappled in moonlight, mists swirling around the spiny rock-hard truths. Vast Halos is the second outing for Hex, a tantalizing and mesmerizing mix of ethereal music, eastern influences, along with the "rock and roll thing."


AFTERSHOCKS (1991?)

Aftershocks Cover

Includes:

  1. Interview (0:35) 
  2. In The Net (Dance Mix - Remixed by Bruce Goggin) (4:19)
  3. Antelope (Instrumental Unreleased) (6:10)
  4. Ethereal Message (Radio Edit) (3:32)
  5. Diviner (LP track) (4:43)

Releases

Notes

Donnette's comments are from an interview with Michael Thurston, courtesy of "OFF THE BEATEN TRACK."

Contains this quote from The Hard Report by Steve Kilbey about Donnette Thayer: "If I was a woman, I'd like to sing like that."


 

OTHER MEDIA FEATURING TRACKS BY HEX

TARNATION (2003)

Tarnation Movie Poster

The Hex track "Diviner" is heard in this Australian documentary by filmmaker Jonathan Caouette about growing up with his schizophrenic mother. On the DVD the song begins at the start of Chapter 8 ("1992"), 43 minutes and 42 seconds into the film, and runs about 3 and 1/2 minutes. It includes snippets of Jonathan singing along to the song.

See full movie details at the Internet Movie Database.