Marillion is an English group formed in Aylesbury in 1979 by Mick Pointer and Doug Irvine. Quickly joined by Brian Jelliman, Steve Rothery. "Fish", singer and master of thought from the original group (real name Derek William Dick) will not arrive until a year later.
A group that can boast of having sold around 15 million albums worldwide. They will place no less than 8 albums in the Top10 albums across the Channel between 1983 and 1994, including a N° 1 in 1985.
The group is also reputed to be one of the first to connect with fans over the Internet. The name of the group would be a reference to JRR Tolkien's book "The Silmarillion". Silmarillion which was the name of the group originally but which will become Marillion thereafter to avoid possible lawsuits for plagiarism.
After having released some demos which will only find a relative echo, the first real single from the group "Market square heroes" was released in 1982. Followed in 1983 by their first album "Script for a Jester’s tear". Album which turns out to be a real success notably thanks to titles like "Garden party". The machine is this time launched.
New successes in 1984 with the release of the more electronic sound album "Fugazi". Which will mainly come from “Punch and Judy” and “Assassing”.
And the ultimate consecration came a year later in 1985 when the album "Misplaced childhood" was released. Dark album about drugs, alcoholism, prostitution, rebirth and redemption. And which however will offer them their best score in terms of sales, as paradoxical as it may seem. The title "Kayleigh" will be the flagship single and will be the only title of the group to enter the American Billboard Hot 100.
Two years passed before the album "Clutching at straws" was released in 1987, an album which once again dealt with serious subjects. It will be the last album where “Fish” will be present, the latter preferring to embark on a solo career following multiple disagreements with manager John Arnisson. Album with lesser success but success nonetheless. Especially thanks to titles like "Incommunicado", the magnificent "Sugar mice" and "Warm wet circles".
"Fish" is then replaced by Steve Hogarth, ex The Europeans and from a much more new-wave current, from where a rather striking contrast compared to "Fish". Hogarth made his first steps in 1989 on the album "Seasons end" and his arrival did not seem to destabilize fans from the start because the album was a success.
1991 saw the release of the album "Holidays in Eden" but its pop side divided and destabilized the fans. The penalty was immediate : the album produced no major hit.
The next album "Brave" only came out in 1994 (it took the group no less than 18 months to realize it ...!), Again with relative success. "Afraid of sunlight" in 1995 will not do much better despite the rather particularly glowing reviews.
Other albums will be released later but the group will no longer find the same level of inspiration that was theirs in the 80s.
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Discography (among others ...) :
Market square heroes 1982
He knows you know 1983
Garden party 1983
Punch & Judy 1984
Heart of Lothian 1985
Lady Nina 1986
Sugar mice 1987
Warm wet circles 1987
Hooks in you 1989
The uninvited guest 1989
Cover My Eyes (Pain & Heaven) 1991
No one can 1991
Dry land 1991
The great escape 1994
The hollow man 1994
These chains 1998
1982 ... the beginnings of "Fish" and his friends. A style, a voice recognizable among all, the foundations are laid
1983 ... a rise in power from the second title which opens the doors of American Charts to them. Rather auspicious for the continuation of the events ...
1983 ... the title that will really reveal them to the general public. A BIG year 1983 which propels them to the front of the stage and for a little while !
1984 ... an obvious sound evolution where the rock side increases. Where the general level of the group goes up very short !
1984 ... unfortunately, despite all their efforts, the group does not manage to pass the upper level in terms of success. They will have to be a little more patient ...
1985 ... the group finally reaches its best level. Here they simply sign their first global mega hit and the biggest success of their entire discography. HU-GE !
1985 ... they follow directly with a magnificent Intimist title which shows all their versatility and above all another facet of their talent
1985 ... the year 1985 will undoubtedly remain the year of the great takeoff. A year that allowed them to show the full extent of their talent. And talent, there is in this group, it's clear !
1986 ... a very pretty Lady Nina but who will unfortunately know her hour of glory only across the Atlantic. It's already that !
1987 ... a global mega hit every 2 years. Certainly, some do better but we will be largely satisfied with it. MAS-TER-FUL !
1987 ... the WONDER. An absolutely sumptuous title which once again shows the full potential of the group in this area. And there are, it's clear. MA-GIC !
1987 ... this one is not bad either ! A HUGE year 1987 with a group at its peak and 3 huge hits including 1 mega. Who says better ?
1988 ... the transition phase between two singers and two eras. A page that turns and another story begins ...
1989 ... ah, that, to change, it changes ! It beats slightly stronger than before, it's clear. Sensitive ears refrain !
1989 ... come on, let's calm down. We suspected that they were not going to be able to continue on such a pace. And my faith, this title has something to please !
1990 ... the group signs here a magnificent ballad, one more. Who has nothing to do with others but who is incredibly effective !
1991 ... an obvious quality but a style that destabilizes the fans. Anyway, the sales scores are still high ...
1991 ... it is clear that between the Marillion before and after, there are not many similarities. Yes, one and of size : talent !
1991 ... a BIG year 1991 which saw them line up 3 very large titles. A group that renews himself with disconcerting ease !
1992 ... when the group plays in the luxury cover. They deliver here a sumptuous cover of the title of Rare Bird and dating from 1969
1994 ... decidedly, the Intimist register becomes their field of predilection. Another sumptuous and highly inspired title. MA-GIC again !
1994 ... and it continues ! A year under the sign of sweetness and finesse and decidedly, they excel. Completely outside the standards of the time ...
1995 ... the last notorious hit of the decade. Again in the 'With emotions' register. They excel there, why change it !
1998 ... come on, one last ballad to end the decade in style. An adventure that is not about to stop. See you in the next decade ...
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