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British band that survived the short-lived progressive rock revival of the early 1980s and went on to enjoy remarkable success in the charts (for a band labelled progressive rock). Formed in 1978 in Aylesbury, England, they took their name from a book by Tolkien. The band were signed by EMI and earned a strong following due to their constant touring. Their first single was called "Market Square Heroes" and it was a minor hit in 1982. They released their first album, "Script for a Jester's Tear", in 1983. The music press dismissed them as clones of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, but the gothic album gave them a top twenty hit single, "Garden Party".
The band that recorded the second album, "Fugazi", was as follows: Scottish singer Fish (b. 1958), guitarist Steve Rothery (b. 1959), keyboardist Mark Kelly (b. 1961), drummer Ian Mosley (b. 1953) and bass guitarist Pete Trewavas (b. 1959). This was the line-up that was to gain the greatest commercial success. "Fugazi" (1984) produced two more hit singles: "Punch and Judy" and "Assassin".
The band then went to the Hansa Ton Studios in Berlin (where U2 would later record "Achtung Baby") and recorded their most successful album, "Misplaced Childhood". It was to become the band's only chart topping album. The single "Kayleigh" reached the no.2 position on the chart in 1985 and "Lavender" also made the top 5. Marillion's fourth studio album was "Clutching at Straws", which reached the no.2 position on the album chart and produced another big hit single for the band, "Incommunicado".
Fish left Marillion in 1988 for a solo career and the band replaced him with Steve Hogarth. They continued to have hit singles until 1995, but with their style constantly changing from album to album and no radio airplay, their fanbase dwindled.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous