Marillion (British progressive rock)

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Marillion /məˈrɪljən/ are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and are credited with creating a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s. They have sold more than 15 million albums.

Marillion's recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of eighteen albums, generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original frontman Fish in late 1988, and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a number one album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood, and during the period the band were fronted by Fish they scored eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart. They are best known for the 1985 singles "Kayleigh" and "Lavender", which reached number two and number five respectively. The first album released with Hogarth, 1989's Seasons End, was another Top Ten hit, and albums continued to chart well until their departure from EMI 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. Marillion have achieved a further twelve Top 40 hit singles in the UK with Hogarth, including 2004's "You're Gone", which charted at No. 7 and is the biggest hit of his tenure. The band continue to tour internationally, and were ranked 38th in Classic Rock's "50 Best Live Acts of All Time" in 2008.

Marillion are widely considered to have been one of the first mainstream acts to have fully recognised and tapped the potential for commercial musicians to interact with their fans via the internet, starting in around 1996, and are nowadays often characterised as a rock & roll 'Web Cottage Industry'. The history of the band's use of the Internet is described by Michael Lewis in the book Next: The Future Just Happened as an example of how the Internet is shifting power away from established elites, such as multinational record labels and record producers. The band are renowned for having an extremely dedicated following (often self-termed 'Freaks'), with some fans regularly travelling significant distances to attend single gigs, driven in large part by the close fan base involvement which the band cultivate via their website, podcasts, biennial conventions and regular fanclub publications. The release of their 2001 album Anoraknophobia, which was funded by their fans through advance orders instead of by the band signing to a record company, gained significant attention and was called "a unique funding campaign" by the BBC. Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis described Marillion as "the undisputed pioneers" of fan-funded music.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1983 He Knows You Know 2
1983 Garden Party 2
1984 Punch and Judy 3
1984 Assassing 4
1985 Kayleigh 4
1985 Lavender 3
1985 Heart of Lothian 2
1985 Kayleigh 1
1986 Lady Nina 1
1986 Welcome to the “Garden Party”: Live 1
1987 Incommunicado 3
1987 Warm Wet Circles 2
1987 Sugar Mice 2
1988 Freaks 1
1989 Hooks in You 2
1989 Uninvited Guest 2
1990 Easter 1
1991 Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven) 2
1991 No One Can 6
1991 Dry Land 3
1992 Sympathy 2
1994 The Great Escape 1
1994 The Hollow Man 2
1994 Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury 2
1995 Beautiful 2
1997 Man of a Thousand Faces 1
1997 Eighty Days 1
1998 These Chains 1
2001 Between You and Me / Map of the World 1
2004 You’re Gone 3
2004 Don’t Hurt Yourself 3
2007 See It Like a Baby 2
2007 Thankyou Whoever You Are 1
2007 Thankyou Whoever You Are / Most Toys 2
2014 The Carol of the Bells 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Embryonic (Rarities 1980–82) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Acoustic 4 1
2007 Somewhere Else (sampler) 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Brief Encounter 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 The Making of Brave 1
1998 Christmas 1998: Happy Christmas Everybody 1
1999 Christmas 1999: 1
2001 Refracted! The Making of Afraid of Sunlight 1
2001 Another DAT at the Office: The Making of This Strange Engine 1
2001 A Verry Barry Christmas 1
2002 Fallout: The Making of Radiation 1
2002 Caught in the Net: The Making of 1
2002 Christmas 2002: Santa and His Elvis 1
2003 Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion 1
2006 Unzipped: The Making of Anoraknophobia 1
2008 Christmas 2008: Pudding on the Ritz 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Interview With Fish 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Crash Course: An Introduction to Marillion 1
2005 A Handful of Marbles 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1991 1986-06-21: Tell Me a Story, Mannheim, Germany 1
2005 FRC-026: Zodiac, Oxford, England. 25 July 1999 2
2006 FRC-031: The Rave, Milwaukee, Wi, USA. 20 September 1997 1
2007 Something Else 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Tales From the Engine Room 2
2004 Remixomatosis 1

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