Marillion Artistfacts

  • 1979-
    Steve RotheryGuitar
    Mark KellyKeyboards
    Pete TrewavasBass
    Ian MoselyDrums
    Steve HogarthVocals1988-
  • 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. >>
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  • 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. >>
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  • 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. >>
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  • In 2004, Drum magazine named Ian Mosely one of the 10 most influential progressive drummers of all time, joining names like Neil Peart. >>
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  • For their album, 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. >>
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Comments: 9

  • François from From Somewhere ElseI have to strongly disagree with Thorsten from Heidelberg. The best thing that happened to Marillion was Fish quitting. The other members much have been finding it difficult to keep from crying with joy when Fish put the ultimatum to them. They took him up on it, and rightly so! Steve Hogarth has a much better voice and is much more lyrical. Song such as Afraid of Sunlight and The Hollow Man speak for themselves. I always thought Fish sounded extremely frustrated. Have you listened to any of the Fish solo material? I have, most of it (I gave up because most of it is rubbish). Only one song comes close to what Marillion has done since he left. The longevity of Marillion with Hogarth speaks for itself.
  • Olivia from Philadelphia, PaMy sister was almost named after this song. I love the song! I used to think that Kayleigh and Lavender were the same song...
  • Charlene from San Diego, CaI named my cat Kayleigh after the song. Although I now have a 4-year-old son, my cat Kayleigh was my first "baby." I love Marillion and love the song Kayleigh. I find it interesting that I have never met anyone who has ever even heard of Marillion. Thanks to Dave Stewart for introducing me to some of the best music ever created!
  • David Hughes from Alfreton, Englandkayleigh was marillions biggest hit .But it was from the"misplaced childhood" album from1985,not 1984.Fugazi was the 1984 album,with singles assassin and punch and judy.
  • Jim from Mansfield, EnglandA few inaccuaracies regarding Fish:

    At no time did hwe even consider replacing Peter Gabriel in Genesis. The first post-Gabriel album, 'A Trick of the Tail' was released in 1976 at which time Fish was working for the Forrestry Comission. Shortly after, he met Peter Gabriel after a gig in Edinburgh which inspired him to begin singing.

    He didn't join Marillion until 1980 (in the 'Market Sqaure Heroes' biography, by Mick Wall, Fish actually mentions that the day he left Scotland to drive to Aylesbury in order to join Marillion was the day John Lennon was murdered.0 Prior to Fish joining, original bassist Doug Irvine was providing vocals and sang on a couple of demos that are available.
  • Thorsten from Heidelberg, GermanyDid you know Fish was tried out as lead singer for Genesis after Peter Gabriel left.
    They checked out a whole bunch of vocalists only to find out their drummer surpasses them all. So Phil Collins got the job.
  • Thorsten from Heidelberg, GermanyRecent Marillion CD´s (with Steve Hogarth as lead singer) failed to create the divinely woven emotional and musical atmosphere that is characteristic for their old masterpieces like 'Script for a jester´s tear' and 'Fugazi'.
  • Dan from Special TowneBeautiful is truly the most most beautiful song I have ever heard.
  • Rebecca from Cityofbrotherlylove, ScIn 1986, I named my daughter Kayleigh after the song ;)
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