According to Deke Leonard in Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics: The legend of Man a rock 'n' roll band
- the book he named after a Man album - "The Four Corners Of Hell" is "a post-industrial lullaby with a menacing rhythm" and was inspired by a hotel in the Irish Republic.
When asked how it got its name, they were told: "It's at a crossroads with a pub on every corner. At closing-time all the drunks meet in the middle and fight", which was all the inspiration Deke needed to write the song. Although the band liked it, their record company didn't, unfortunately, and its turbulent origins aside, in a live session on BBC Radio for The John Peel Show
it was made to sound "quite cosy". According to the Peel Sessions archives list maintained by the BBC, this version was recorded on May 24, 1973, produced by Bernie Andrews at Langham 1 studio with Deke on guitar and vocal, Brian Breeze on guitar, Paul Burton on bass, and Keith Hodge on drums.
The album version runs to 3 minutes 58 seconds.
Alexander Baron - London, England