Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – Marillion

There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it.

Maybe you will find a new favorite.



In an interview I was working on last week, the author mentioned the band Marillion. I had not heard that name since the early 90s.

Marillion was an obscure band in North America. I remember picking up one of their albums in a used record shop during my college days. They had elements of new wave/progressive rock sprinkled with a hint of Genesis.

The original lead singer was replaced after their fourth album, Clutching at Straws, which was incidentally the last album I bought, but not for that reason. I don’t remember why I abandoned them, but when I looked them up for this post, I was surprised to see they continued to release albums, the last one was just this year.

Bands change. Bands that span decades can’t remain the same, and you either follow the evolution or you don’t. Marillion ended for me after Clutching at Straws. It’s how I remember them.

I couldn’t resist using the video, because of the outfits and hair. If you were in that crowd, let me know!

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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5 thoughts on “Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – Marillion

  1. I think Marillion were much more prog than new wave. As you say, there is a bit of early Genesis about them, but I don’t hear anything that makes me think of Spandau Ballet. For me they were never the same after Fish left the band – they missed his songwriting as well as his stage presence as a front man. Kayleigh is probably their high point.

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      • It was their best, I think, though they made several other good ones.

        That sounds a good idea. You’ve mentioned one in your post and I can think of a couple of others. May be worth a little more thought 😊

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