It did continue the group's commercial success, however; lead single " Incommunicado " charted at No. Fish has also stated in interviews since that he believes this was the best album he made with the band. It was also included in Q magazine's "50 Best Recordings of the Year". He was making a fantastic amount of money while we were working our asses off. Then I found a bit of paper proposing an American tour. That was when I knew that, if I stayed with the band, I'd probably end up a raging alcoholic and be found overdosed and dying in a big house in Oxford with Irish wolfhounds at the bottom of my bed.
Fish gave the band a choice to continue with either him or the manager. They sided with the manager and Fish left for a solo career. Fish would later disclose in the liner notes to the 2-CD reissue of Clutching at Straws that he and his former bandmates had met up and discussed the demise of the band and renewed their friendship, and had come to the consensus that an excessive touring schedule and too much pressure from the band's management led to the rift.
Although reportedly now on good personal terms, both camps had always made it very clear that the oft-speculated-upon reunion would never happen. However, when Fish headlined the 'Hobble on the Cobbles' free concert in Aylesbury's Market Square on 26 August , the attraction of playing their debut single in its spiritual home proved strong enough to overcome any lingering bad feeling between the former band members, and Kelly, Mosley, Rothery, and Trewavas replaced Fish's backing band for an emotional encore of "Market Square Heroes".
In a press interview following the event, Fish denied this would lead to a full reunion, saying that: " Hogarth does a great job with the band. We forged different paths over the 19 years.
After the split, the band found Steve Hogarth, the former keyboardist and sometime vocalist of The Europeans. Hogarth stepped into a difficult situation, as the group had already recorded some demos of the next studio album, which eventually would have become Seasons End. Hogarth was a significant contrast to Fish, coming from a new wave musical background instead of progressive rock. He had also never owned a Marillion album before joining the band.
After Fish left the group taking his lyrics with him , Hogarth set to work crafting new lyrics to existing songs with lyricist and author John Helmer.
The demo sessions of the songs from Seasons End with Fish vocals and lyrics can be found on the bonus disc of the remastered version of Clutching at Straws , while the lyrics found their way into various Fish solo albums such as his first solo album, Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors , some snippets on his second, Internal Exile and even a line or two found its way to his third album, Suits.
Hogarth's second album with the band, Holidays in Eden , was the first he wrote in partnership with them and includes the song "Dry Land", which Hogarth had written and recorded in his earlier duo, How We Live.
As quoted from Steve Hogarth, " Holidays in Eden was to become Marillion's "pop"est album ever, and was greeted with delight by many, and dismay by some of the hardcore fans". Holidays in Eden was followed by Brave , a dark and richly complex concept album that took the band 18 months to release. The album also marked the start of the band's longtime relationship with producer Dave Meegan.
An independent film based on the album, which featured the band, was also released. Once again, it received little promotion, no mainstream radio airplay and its sales were disappointing for the band. Despite this, it was one of their most critically acclaimed albums and was included in Q ' s 50 Best Albums of The song inspired an effort to recover both Campbell's body and the "Bluebird K7," the boat which Campbell crashed in, from the water.
What followed was a string of albums and events that saw Marillion struggling to find their place in the music business. This Strange Engine was released in with little promotion from their new label Castle Records , and the band could not afford to make tour stops in the United States.
The band's tenth album Radiation saw them taking a different approach and was received by fans with mixed reactions. The band were still unhappy with their record label situation.
The band decided that they would try a radical experiment by asking their fans if they would help fund the recording of the next album by pre-ordering it before recording even started.
The result was over 12, pre-orders which raised enough money to record and release Anoraknophobia in This allowed Marillion to retain all the rights to their music while enjoying commercial distribution. By this time the band had also parted company with their long-time manager, saving 20 per cent of the band's income. The success of Anoraknophobia allowed the band to start recording their next album, but they decided to leverage their fanbase once again to help raise money towards marketing and promotion of a new album.
The band put up the album for pre-order in mid-production. This time fans responded by pre-ordering 18, copies. Marbles was released in with a 2-CD version that is only available at Marillion's website — a 'thank-you' gesture to the over 18, fans who pre-ordered it, and as even a further thanks to the fans, their names were credited in the sleeve notes this 'thank you' to the fans also occurred with the previous album, Anoraknophobia.
Marbles also became the band's most critically acclaimed album since Afraid of Sunlight , prompting many positive reviews in the press. Aware that it was unlikely to gain much mainstream radio airplay, the band released the single in three separate formats and encouraged fans to buy a copy of each to get the single into the UK Top Ten. The single reached No. The second single from the album, "Don't Hurt Yourself", reached No.
Following this, they released a download-only single, "The Damage live ", recorded at the band's sell-out gig at the London Astoria. All of this succeeded in putting the band back in the public consciousness, making the campaign a success.
Marillion continued to tour throughout playing several summer festivals and embarking on acoustic tours of both Europe and the United States, followed up by the "Not Quite Christmas Tour" of Europe throughout the end of A new DVD, Colours and Sound , was released in Feb , documenting the creation, promotion, release, and subsequent European tour in support of the album Marbles. The success of the album was further underscored by that of the download-only single "See it Like a Baby", making UK No.
In July the band posted a contest for fans to create a music video for the soon-to-be released single "Whatever is Wrong with You", and post it on YouTube.
Happiness Is the Road , released in October , again featured a pre-order "deluxe edition" with a list of the fans who bought in advance, and a more straightforward regular release. It is another double album, with one disc based on a concept and the second containing the other songs that aren't a part of the theme. Before the album's release, on 9 September , Marillion pre-released their album via p2p networks themselves.
Upon attempting to play the downloaded files, users were shown a video from the band explaining why they had taken this route. Downloaders were then able to opt to purchase the album at a user-defined price or select to receive DRM-free files for free, in exchange for an email address.
The band explained that although they do not support piracy, they realised their music would inevitably be distributed online anyway, and wanted to attempt to engage with p2p users and make the best of the situation. The band's sixteenth studio album released 2 October was an acoustic album featuring new arrangements of previously released tracks except one, the new track: "It's Not Your Fault" entitled Less Is More. Two versions of the album were released: A 2-disc 'deluxe' version that included a DVD with 'making-of' features and sound-check recordings and a single CD jewel case version.
The 'deluxe' version also included a page book that incorporated lyrics, artwork and, as was the case with Anoraknophobia , Marbles and Happiness is the Road , the names of people who pre-ordered the album. As with several of their previous releases, the recording of the album was to be funded by fan pre-orders, this time through direct-to-fan website PledgeMusic. The album was released on 23 September   debuting at number 4 in the official UK charts of 30 September , their highest placing since Clutching at Straws nearly three decades earlier.
The bulk of the funds for the memorial were raised at a gig held at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on the evening of the unveiling which Marillion headlined, alongside Howard Jones, John Otway and the Dung Beatles, all of whom have close association to Aylesbury and in particular, the Friars.
Marillion's music has changed stylistically throughout their career. The band themselves stated that each new album tends to represent a reaction to the preceding one, and for this reason their output is difficult to 'pigeonhole'. The additional track '80 Days' was added for the retail release, and does not appear on the original Racket Records release. But what made this tour unique was that for the first time ever, a band's fans directly financed a tour.
It all began when Mark [Kelly] posted to the internet in January that a North American tour in support of This Strange Engine was not likely, mainly due to financial reasons. As a way of returning the favour to all those who shelled out and put their money where their mouths and hearts are, we've released an entire concert from start to finish without edits. These CDs were sent to everyone who donated to and helped with the fund.
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