This Leaden Pall

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This Leaden Pall
This Leaden Pall cover.jpg
Studio album by Half Man Half Biscuit
Released 25 October 1993
Recorded Bus Stop Studios, Leigh
Genre Indie rock
Length 53:14
Label Probe Plus Probe 36
Producer Half Man Half Biscuit and Geoff Davies
Half Man Half Biscuit chronology
McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt
(1991)McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt1991
This Leaden Pall
Some Call It Godcore
(1995)Some Call It Godcore1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

This Leaden Pall is the fourth album by UK rock band Half Man Half Biscuit, released in 1993.

The album cover features a bleak overdeveloped picture of the now demolished Hale Wood pub in Halewood, Merseyside. In 2001 it was voted the 93rd best LP sleeve of all time in Q magazine.[2]

Anecdotally, lead singer Nigel Blackwell has referred to the album as their Closer.

At the time of its release, NME writer Johnny Cigarettes gave the album a 6/10 review, describing "Running Order Squabble Fest" as "a mini-epic of Spinal Tap proportions" and Blackwell as "the only rival to Vic Reeves in making cultural ephemera unfeasibly funny".[3] The same publication revisited the album in 1999, with John Robinson stating that it "understood just as much as OK Computer the bravery needed to accomplish modern living".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "M-6-ster"
  2. "4AD3DCD"
  3. "Running Order Squabble Fest"
  4. "Whiteness Thy Name Is Meltonian"
  5. "This Leaden Pall"
  6. "Turned up Clocked on Laid Off"
  7. "Improv Workshop Mimeshow Gobshite"
  8. "13 Eurogoths Floating in the Dead Sea"
  9. "Whit Week Malarkey"
  10. "Doreen"
  11. "Quality Janitor"
  12. "Floreat Inertia"
  13. "Malayan Jelutong"
  14. "Numanoid Hang-glide"
  15. "Footprints"


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. This Leaden Pall at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Mickey (19 March 2001). "The 100 best album covers ever". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ Cigarettes, Johnny (1993). "Half Man Half Biscuit - This Leaden Pall". NME. 18 December 1993.
  4. ^ Robinson, John (1999). "Respect Overdue! Half Man Half Biscuit - This Leaden Pall". NME. 27 February 1999. p. 32.