Marillion (British progressive rock band)

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Marillion are a British neo prog band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-prog band of the 1980s.

Marillion released their debut single "Market Square Heroes" in 1982, followed by their first album Script for a Jester's Tear in 1983. They have released 20 studio albums in total. The band's history is generally regarded in two distinct eras, separated by the departure of original lead singer Fish in late 1988 and the arrival of his replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989. Marillion achieved eight Top 10 UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a No. 1 album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood. The album also produced two UK Top 10 singles in "Kayleigh" (No. 2) and "Lavender" (No. 5), while the follow-up album, 1987's Clutching at Straws (the last studio album with Fish), included another UK Top 10 single "Incommunicado" (No. 6). Altogether, during the Fish era, Marillion scored 11 Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart. "Kayleigh" also entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Marillion's first album with Hogarth, 1989's Seasons End, was another Top 10 hit, and albums continued to chart well until their departure from EMI Records following the release of their 1996 live album Made Again and the dissipation of the band's mainstream popularity in the late 1990s; save for a resurgence in the mid- to late-2000s, they have essentially been a cult act since then. Since the arrival of Hogarth, Marillion have achieved a further 12 Top 40 hit singles in the UK, including 2004's "You're Gone" from the album Marbles, which charted at No. 7 and is the biggest hit of the Hogarth era. In 2016, the album Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) returned them to the UK Albums Chart Top 10 for the first time since 1994's Brave. Their most recent album, 2022's An Hour Before It's Dark, entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 2, their highest chart position since Clutching at Straws in 1987. Marillion continue to tour internationally, becoming ranked 38th in Classic Rock's "50 Best Live Acts of All Time" in 2008.

Despite unpopularity in the mainstream media and a consistently unfashionable status within the British music industry, Marillion have maintained a very loyal international fanbase, becoming widely acknowledged as playing a pioneering role in the development of crowdfunding and fan-funded music. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

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1983Script for a Jester’s TearMarillion4.1520
1985Misplaced ChildhoodMarillion4.2525
1987Clutching at StrawsMarillion4.1518
1989Seasons EndMarillion512
1991Holidays in EdenMarillion4.258
1995Afraid of SunlightMarillion46
1997This Strange EngineMarillion4.56
2007Somewhere ElseMarillion3.754
2008Happiness Is the RoadMarillion4.210
2009Less Is MoreMarillion4.53
2012Sounds That Can’t Be MadeMarillion4.56
2016Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R)Marillion58
2019With Friends From the OrchestraMarillion44
2022An Hour Before It’s DarkMarillion48

Album + Compilation

1988B’Sides ThemselvesMarillion4.53
19921982 ~ 1992: A Singles CollectionMarillion34
1993Music Collection by EMIMarillion1
1996Essential CollectionMarillion41
1997The Best of Both WorldsMarillion2
1998Kayleigh: The Essential CollectionMarillion1 (first issue)Marillion2
2000The Singles ‘82–88’Marillion52 (second issue)Marillion1
2002The Singles, Vol 2: ‘89–95’Marillion52
2003Warm Wet CirclesMarillion1
2003The Best of MarillionMarillion1 (third issue)Marillion1
2005A Handful of MarblesMarillion1
2011Misplaced Childhood / Script for a Jester’s TearMarillion1
2012Greatest Hits on CD&DVDMarillion1
2014A Collection of Recycled GiftsMarillion2
2014Best SoundsMarillion2

Album + Compilation + Live

1997Real to Reel / Brief EncounterMarillion3
2003View From the Balcony: A Marillion Front Row Club SamplerMarillion2
2004Curtain CallMarillion1
2008Early StagesMarillion51
2013Early Stages: The HighlightsMarillion1

Album + Live

1983Recital of the ScriptMarillion55
1984Real to ReelMarillion7
1988The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra)Marillion8
1992Live at the BorderlineMarillion1
1993Live in CaracasMarillion1
1993Live in GlasgowMarillion3
1995Live From LoreleyMarillion4
1996Made AgainMarillion4
1998Piston BrokeMarillion1
1999Unplugged at the WallsMarillion2
2000Shot in the DarkMarillion2
2001Christmas 2000: A Piss‐Up in a BreweryMarillion1
2002FRC-001: Ludwigshalle, Dieburg, Germany. 9 November 1998Marillion1
2002FRC-002: Academy, Manchester, England. 18 November 1999Marillion1
2002FRC-004: The Borderline, London, England. 9 May 1992Marillion1
2002FRC-005: Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland. 4 December 1989Marillion1
2002Anorak in the UK LiveMarillion2
2002FRC-003: Luxor, Arnhem, Netherlands. 23 June 1995Marillion1
2002FRC‐007: Salle de fêtes Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland. 19 October 1991Marillion1
2002FRC-008: Le Spectrum, Montréal, Canada. 6 September 1997Marillion1
2002FRC-009: Forum, London, England. 28 April 1996Marillion1
2002Brave Live 2002Marillion51
2003FRC‐010: Moles Club, Bath, England. 12 December 1990Marillion1
2003FRC‐011: Bass Brewery Museum, Burton‐on‐Trent, England. 17 November 2000Marillion1
2003Before First LightMarillion1
2003FRC‐012: Sala Bikini, Barcelona, Spain. 12 December 2000Marillion1
2003FRC-013: Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 29 September 1995Marillion1
2003FRC-014: The Ritz, Roseville MI, USA. 22 February 1990Marillion1
2003FRC-016: Ateneu Popular de Nou Barris, Barcelona, Spain. 10 January 1998Marillion2
2003FRC‐017: 013, Tilburg, Netherlands. 13 October 2001Marillion1
2004FRC‐018: E‐Werk, Köln, Germany. 2 September 1992Marillion2
2004FRC-019: Civic, Wolverhampton, England. 4 November 1998Marillion1
2004FRC-015B: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. 03 February 1986Marillion51
2004FRC-015C: Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy. 26 January 1988Marillion51
2004FRC-015A: Rundsporthalle, Baunatal, Germany. 01 October 1983Marillion1
2004FRC-020: Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. 27 & 28 May 1994Marillion1
2004FRC-021: Dingwalls, London, UK. 28 February 2001Marillion1
2004FRC‐022: Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands. 29 May 1997Marillion1
2004FRC‐023: Civic Centre, Aylesbury, England. 30 April 2004Marillion1
2005FRC-024: Élysée Montmartre, Paris, France. 18 November 1998Marillion1
2005FRC‐026: Zodiac, Oxford, England. 25 July 1999Marillion1
2005Popular MusicMarillion2
2005FRC-025: Capitol, Mannheim, Germany. 4 December 1999Marillion1
2005FRC-027: Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England. 17 September 1995Marillion1
2005FRC‐028: Olympia, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5 October 1992Marillion1
2005FRC-029: Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 8 October 2004Marillion1
2005Marbles LiveMarillion2
2005Marbles by the SeaMarillion51
2005FRC-030: PC69, Bielefeld, Germany. 20 March 1994Marillion1
2005Christmas 2005: Merry Xmas to Our FlockMarillion1
2005Wish You Were HereMarillion1
2006FRC‐031: The Rave, Milwaukee, WI, USA. 20 September 1997Marillion1
2006FRC-032: Richmond Live Festival, Richmond, England. 3 August 2002Marillion1
2006FRC‐033: Wembley Arena, London, England. 5 September 1992Marillion1

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