Thankyou, thankyouverymuch. Popping my cherry with my first post!
I can remember it as clear as can be (how could I forget!) I was 25 years young. 2007. A late starter, yes, but a starter nonetheless. I'd caught up with an old friend from the uni days, we used to have a band that would terrorize the ears of the local fraternity. One of our favourite things to do was to hit the local record stores for 2nd hand gems and obscure stuff that hasn't been converted to CD. Mainly hard rock and metal.
It's all besides the point but... this time we had caught up after years apart, hugged, jammed around a bit, then gone out for a nostalgia trip to CD stores. My friend purchased the remaster of Script and played it for me on the way home in the car. I had no idea who the hell Marillion was!! No clue whatsoever. Totally fresh ears. (Ain't that the best way sometimes?!)
My mate played me song 4. The keys got louder and louder...
Garden Party was the first song I ever heard! Heck, I wasn't even into prog of any kind. The band was unbelievable to my ears, but those lyrics, my God those lyrics!!
The liner notes on the remaster were great!! They really help you get into the listening experience.
Theatrical, dramatical, I got it right away. You could tell it was uncool and unhip right off the bat. Then I got a look at the band members. Looked like a regular bunch of guys (but boy, can they play!)
I don't know what more to say. His lyrics have helped me through some dark times, thrown me into some dark places as well!
I still am yet to see a Marillion/Fish t-shirt on the streets. I have never met a Marillion/Fish fan!!! Half a dozen years! Besides that original friend of mine (who really isn't quite as into it as myself - I'd say he has a passing interest) who played me GP, I am yet to hear Marillion/Fish on the radio. My brother has Kayleigh on a compilation but that's it.
I thank my lucky stars all the time that I somehow came across this music. It does make you realize, the majority are pretty simple folk who think a Bon Jovi song is the deepest music out there. Fish has never gone to well and used love as a selling tool like Jovi. Fish writes from the heart, you can tell he's well read and the listener can always find a little nugget years later to jar them loose. You have to respect that. That's what keeps this music relevant to my ears.
I see Fish as holding up a mirror to his audience. We see and hear ourselves in the music.
Well... Good day to you all.
Oh BTW I hate to say I have favourites, but the lost album is perhaps my choice. Princes on Exile St. Voice in the crowd, Sunset Hill, Tic-tac-toe. Story from a thin wall. Even though they are shoddy demos, they can bring tears to my eyes, which I think is pretty powerful stuff considering the audio quality. (Does anyone know what the proposed album title was going to be?? Was it going to be called Vigil in a wilderness of mirrors??)
Sorry to ramble, good day.