Fear of the Unknown

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For the song by Siouxsie and the Banshees, see Fear (of the Unknown).
Fear of the Unknown
The artwork for Fear of the Unknown.
Studio album by Martin Briley
Released 1981
Genre Pop rock
Language English
Label Mercury
Producer Allan Blazek, Martin Briley
Martin Briley chronology
Fear of the Unknown
One Night with a Stranger

Fear of the Unknown was the debut solo album by British musician Martin Briley. It was released in 1981 on Mercury Records. Though most of the album features the same brand of pop that he would play throughout his solo career, the title track is a final salute to Briley's progressive rock background, featuring menacing distorted vocals and paranoiac violin riffs reminiscent of King Crimson.

Fear of the Unknown is more self-contained than most of Briley's solo albums, being the only one on which he played all the guitars himself, and the only one which he co-produced.


The artwork for Fear of the Unknown was painted by Norman Walker. Briley himself had a lot of input on the artwork, having studied graphic design, and wanted the album to have a photo-realistic cover. [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and arranged by Martin Briley.

  1. "Slipping Away" - 3:22
  2. "The Man I Feel" - 4:02
  3. "I Feel Like a Milkshake" - 3:53
  4. "First to Know" - 3:06
  5. "Heart of Life" - 5:00
  6. "A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing" - 3:12
  7. "I Don't Feel Better" - 3:12
  8. "More of the Same" - 2:56
  9. "One Step Behind" - 5:49
  10. "Fear of the Unknown" - 3:57


  • Martin Briley - lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
  • Robert Brissette - bass, backing vocals
  • Graham Preskett - piano, violin
  • Tommy Mandel - synthesizers
  • Eric Parker - drums
  • Eric Troyer - backing vocals

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