In our 2013 interview with Wayne Hussey
, we asked him to name his favorite Sisters of Mercy song, and he cited this one. Talking about how the song came together, he said: "Andrew [Eldritch] and I worked at different times of the day in the studio. I would work during the day, which is why poor old Dave [producer David M. Allen] was absolutely exhausted by the end of it: because he was trying to work with both of us. 'Marian' was something I came up with in the studio and there I wrote the whole song, music and the backing track. I wrote 'Black Planet' the same day, actually. Then Andrew came in in the evening: 'Oh, I don't like that.' I was, like, whatever. I went off. I came back in the morning and there were finished vocals on both of them. That was how it was working on the album."
Hussey adds that when he listened to the song about 25 years later, he was struck by the "weird alchemy" on the guitars, which held up very well. "It sounds really spacious, but very full," he said.