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Marillion are a British Rock group formed in Aylesbury in 1979, whose 13 album career is generally regarded as comprising two eras, delineated by the departure of frontman Fish and arrival of Steve Hogarth in 1988. The core lineup of Steve Rothery (the only original member), Pete Trewavas, Mark Kelly and Ian Mosley has been unchanged since 1984. The band has enjoyed critical and commercial success with a string of UK top 10 hits spanning their career and even an entry into the Guinness book of records.
The band's music has developed stylistically over their career and avoids easy pigeonholing, though it has been variously (although perhaps unhelpfully) described as Rock, epic rock, classic rock, art rock, progressive rock and neo-progressive rock. The Fish Era
The band was formed as Silmarillion after J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Silmarillion in 1979. The band name was shortened to Marillion in 1980, reportedly following the threat of legal action from the Tolkien estate. The early works of Marillion contained Fish's poetic and introspective lyrics, melded with a complex and subtle musical tapestry to create a sound that reflected the bands influences, notably early Genesis, Van der Graaf Generator and Yes. The group released its first single, "Market Square Heroes", in 1982, with an epic song "Grendel" on the B-side of the 12" version. Following the single, the band released their first full length album in 1983.
The music on their debut album Script for a Jester's Tear, (1983) was borne out of the intensive gigging of the previous years. Although it had some obvious progressive rock stylings, it also had a darker edge, reflecting the bedsit squalor suggested by the cover. By hardcore prog-rock fans is still considered their best output ......
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