Marillion / Fish – Fugazi
Posted on Sep 18th, 2010 by Alan @ 5:16 pm

Over a quarter of a century between these two performances, and two completely different interpretations of the song.

For what it’s worth I’m in a tiny minority of Marillion fans who think that the Fugazi album is one of their very best (only beaten by “Afraid Of Sunlight” and “Brave” in my opinion). It finished the annual fans’ poll second bottom last year, with only the execrable “Radiation” behind it. I’d definitely put that down near the bottom too, with a couple of their most recent albums (“Somewhere Else” and “Less Is More”) down there with it. Am I falling out of love with the band I’ve followed since I was a kid? Maybe… or maybe the pattern that they’ve been in for 20 years of alternating a stunning album with a shocker will continue. Sandwiched in between those two was “Happiness Is The Road”, which other than a couple of weak tracks was excellent.

I’m really looking forward to Fish’s next album too – his last one, “13th Star”, was his best solo album for a number of years, and once he’s finished his current acting gig (shooting a feature film called “Electric Man”) I hope he gets back in the studio.

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Posted on Mar 18th, 2008 by Alan @ 10:57 am

Oh to be a headline writer. Top story in today’s Super Soaraway Sun is how veteran-rocker-Fish-out-of-Marillion-real-name-Derek-Dick was inspired by a fine pert set of baps on page 3 to write a song about Zoe, from London, 25.

Zoe | Page 3 | Inspires song by Fish | The Sun

Click the link above (NSFW, obviously!) to see the aforementioned baps, and the link below to listen to sound clips from the 13th Star album including “Zoe 25” – and obviously to buy as much or as little of the album as you like. I’ll add a streaming version of the whole track to this post when I get home this evening.

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Fish – Open Water
Posted on Oct 4th, 2007 by Alan @ 3:30 pm


I got Fish’s new album 13th Star two or three weeks ago, and wanted to post something from it straight away, but decided to wait until I was further through the site rebuild first – I’d always been reluctant to post new releases, but now that the files are in an embedded streaming player rather than being available for download I’ve relaxed that rule.

13th Star is a really top class albu, Fish is right at the top of his game and this one is up there with Sunsets On Empire as one of the finest things he’s done since going solo. The album was jointly written with his bass player Steve Vantsis, and as a result it’s a very rhythmic record. There’s not a weak track on it, my favourite tracks are probably “Zoe 25” and “Arc Of The Curve” (the first runs almost seamlessly into the second, although they both work well in isolation) – but as those two tracks aren’t truly representative of the album I’ve chosen a track from side 2 (showing my age now!) which is a more typical taste of the album.

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The album is only available direct from Fish’s web shop at the moment, but a retail release (without the companion DVD) is planned for early next year.

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Fish – Credo
Posted on Jul 31st, 2007 by Alan @ 3:29 pm


I read an interview with Fish in the Sun (no, I don’t buy the Sun, honest, someone scanned it and uploaded it to a Fish fans’ Yahoo group) where he was talking about the break-up of his relationship with a tidy young piece he was going to marry. Apparently one of the issues between them was starting a family. All credit to the guy for not being ashamed to admit in a national paper that “she was desperate you know but I couldn’t have any… that was after picking up a virus in Egypt which attacked my baws”. A typically Scottish way of viewing one of life’s setbacks!

Fish’s solo material has been a bit of a mix really. When it’s good it’s very very good, and when it’s bad it’s still okay. Except for his album of cover versions, Songs From The Mirror, which is… erm… bad. Shockingly bad.

This track’s off his second solo record way back in 1991. When we dragged my mate Steve (who’s more a fan of gay 80s pop than anything you’d find in my CD rack) along kicking and screaming to a Fish gig last year, he ended up singing along with this. I’m sure you will too.

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There’s a new album coming out in a month or two which from the rough edits posted on MySpace sounds pretty promising. If you can’t wait for it come out pay Fish’s website a visit now and stock up on his older material.

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