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April 2021 - Updated Happiness is the Road with additional info about what inspired the album.

Updated the Introduction slightly. It's mostly the same apart from some self-congratulatory guff, so if you've read it before, it's not necessarily going to tell you anything particularly revelatory. If you're new, you might be interested to find out why the site exists.

Updated The Bell in the Sea with some additional background info. Updated the strange tale of this site and the sex kidnapper.

Continued with the improvement to navigation for mobile and underlying html. All entries have now been updated. Additionally small improvements to the text have been made.

Updated Out of this World with current Bluebird info.

Discovered an interesting Blogger 'feature' when testing a new background that means that custom backgrounds only render as tiny tiles rather than the 1800 by 1600 px image it is. Not only did it mean the new background looked pants, I also couldn't revert to the old one. Nice one, Blogger!

This Strange Engine (WFftO version)

Introduction: For the version of This Strange Engine on the With Friends from the Orchestra album, an additional line was added. The line had long been included on the lyric sheets, but wasn't actually in the song.

According to
h on the Corona Diaries podcast, the musical section was felt to be too long, and therefore the line had been excised.

With Friends from the Orchestra - Introduction

Introduction: With Friends from the Orchestra is the nineteenth Marillion album, the fifteenth with Steve Hogarth.

It was announced on 30th September 2019 in a news article titled We have a confession to make that the band had secretly recorded an album that would come out in mid October, followed by a short European tour.

Fuck Everyone And Run - Introduction

Introduction: Fuck Everyone And Run (F.E.A.R.) is the eighteenth Marillion album, the fourteenth with Steve Hogarth. The album title and promotional artwork was revealed on the 7th April 2016.

The word 'Fuck' is rendered as 'F***', but Lucy Jordache confirmed the correct title of the album is Fuck Everyone And Run.

It was originally planned that FEAR should be released on the 09th September 2016. It was pointed out that 9(th)+9(Sept)=18(th album), however, this was later pushed back to 23rd September 2016.

El Dorado

Introduction: In a pre-release PR piece from label earMUSIC, the song was described as follows, "El Dorado examines the notions of political entitlement and the modern challenges for the UK".

In an interview for Prog magazine, h described the track as follows, "It's really about a sense of foreboding and a feeling that everything is going to change in this country. I was trying to paint a picture of someone mowing their lawn in a quiet garden as a storm comes towards them. It's an ecological storm, a financial storm, it's a humanitarian storm. It’s a feeling that there is a sort of watershed coming. I don’t know what it is, but there is just a foreboding. If there is a central theme to the record, it's that and the fact that we brought this about on ourselves and a sense of shame. El Dorado is for me about the fact that there’s a sense of shame over the migrant crisis. It’s about the way that this country has responded to the refugees spilling over from Syria, which is a war that we’ve stoked the fire in, even if we haven’t created it."

Living in F E A R

Introduction: In an interview for the Web UK magazine, h said, "I heard all these statistics about how people in Canada don't really bother locking their door but if you go over the border into the USA, everyone's got a gun by their bed, they're so terrified of crime. They're all shooting each other by mistake with these guns they've got by their beds, or shooting their children by mistake. Completely batty.

The Leavers

Introduction: In an interview for Prog magazine, h said, "The Leavers is a totally different animal. I wrote it really as a response to the corrosive effect that travel has on you. When you're in a touring band, or even more so in a touring band's crew, you’re hardly ever home, you wake up in a new city every day. There's a repetitive thing of the process of putting a show together, perform a show, you take it down, get on the bus, go to sleep and go again. For crew that's the life. When you get home if you’re off, you’re not being paid and you feel like you’re unemployed. It's also about how these gypsy, thrill-seeking people seem to arrive, do their thing and then are gone. You can't trust them because they'll forget you as soon as they're gone."

White Paper

Introduction: In an interview for Prog magazine, h said, "It's about several things. It's a sort of sister story to The Leavers in some respects. It's about trying to settle into domestic life, about wanting to live passionately and in the moment. There's also the thing about slowly coming to terms with the fact that you're getting old, and you better get used to the fact that what you are railing against is very beautiful and natural.

There's a line in the song of 'I used to be centre stage, time I should act my age', and that really is what this song is about. It's about at one time feeling you were the most important person in the equation, and having to come to terms with the fact that you'd better stand at the side and watch something beautiful going on, rather than try and occupy that space yourself, with your own ego."

The New Kings

Introduction: In a pre-release PR piece from label earMUSIC, the song was described as follows, "The New Kings looks at the ravening beast that modern capitalism seems to have evolved into."

In an interview for Prog magazine,
h said, "This is really a song about how the old systems of democracy have become overwhelmed and compromised by money and corporations. Along with the fact that the division between rich and poor is widening all the time. [...] There’s also a healthy sprinkling of tax evasion and a kind of overall loss of faith in what this country represents to me."

Sounds That Can't Be Made - Introduction

Introduction: 2012's Sounds That Can’t Be Made was the seventeenth Marillion album, the thirteenth with Steve Hogarth. A CD and DVD version of the album is available in luxurious hard slipcase form, featuring a book containing the names of pre-ordering fans.

The album had a difficult conception, with the band reportedly nearly splitting when a writing session in Portugal coincided with a period of serious illness for Steve Hogarth's partner and son, meaning the vocalist was unable to contribute. After some time off from writing, they recommenced at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios where the writing was unforced, and the songs started to flow. However, the delay to recording eventually resulting in the band compiling the later additions while on their US tour for the album – hardly ideal.