Originally, they were named Silmarillion, after the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. When Rothery joined, they changed the name. They decided to drop part of the name every time someone left (eventually getting down to "Lion"), but later decided against it. (thanks, Luis Aurelio - Lagos de Moreno, Mexico)
Their original vocalist was Fish, whose real name is Derek Dick. He got his nickname from taking marathon baths when he was a teenager. Fish lives on a farm in Scotland, where he has his own recording studio called The Funny Farm.
Hogarth was formerly the singer for an English band called How We Live.
Ian Mosely used to be Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett's drummer.
Their biggest hit was "Kayleigh," in 1984.
In 1997, the band toured the US solely on money raised by it's fan club. Online, they raised over $50,000 for the tour.
They hold the unofficial world record for the fastest pressing of a DVD of a live performance. They played a show on a Friday night during a fan weekend, and fan's could pick up their copy before they left Sunday morning.
Their fan club is called The Web, after a single from their first album, Script for a Jester's Tear. Their online fan club members are called Freaks, after a B-side from their second album.
They have their own recording studio, called the Racket Club. (thanks, Andy - Indiana, PA, for all above)
They were originally asked to do the soundtrack to the first Highlander movie, but their agent wouldn't let them work on a side project until their current album was finished. Queen got the job instead. (thanks, Andy - Indiana, PA)
In 2004, Drum magazine named Ian Mosely one of the 10 most influential progressive drummers of all time, joining names like Neil Peart. (thanks, Tom - Olympia, WA USA, WA)
For their album Marillion.com, a request was sent out before the album was released asking for photos from the fans to be included on the album cover. 732 fan faces appear on the final sleeve. (thanks, Andy - Eatontown, NJ)