Fugazi (album)

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Fugazi
Studio album by Marillion
Released 12 March 1984
Recorded Manor Studio, Sarm East, Eel Pie and Maison Rouge Studios, London, November 1983 - February 1984
Genre Progressive rock, neo-progressive rock
Length 45:57
Label UK EMI
USA Capitol
Producer Nick Tauber
Marillion chronology
Script for a Jester's Tear
(1983)
Fugazi
(1984)
Real to Reel
(1984)
Singles from Fugazi
  1. "Punch And Judy"
    Released: 30 January 1984
  2. "Assassing"
    Released: 30 April 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Music Street Journal (favourable) [2]

Fugazi is the second studio album of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion. It was released in 1984 and was the first album with Ian Mosley on drums. It reached no. 5 on the UK album charts, stayed on the chart for a total of 20 weeks and contained the UK top 40 singles "Punch And Judy" (no. 29) and "Assassing" (no. 22).[3]

A 2-CD remastered version with additional B-sides and demos was released in 1998.

The album is so titled because it was produced under difficult circumstances, with the band employing and ejecting a number of drummers in quick succession following the departure of Mick Pointer, before finally settling on Mosley.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Assassing" – 7:02 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  2. "Punch and Judy" – 3:21 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mover)
  3. "Jigsaw" – 6:49 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  4. "Emerald Lies" – 5:08 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley)

Side two[edit]

  1. "She Chameleon" – 6:52 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  2. "Incubus" – 8:30 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  3. "Fugazi" – 8:12 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley)

Remastered CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Cinderella Search" (12" version) – 5:31 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley)
  2. "Assassing" (Alternate Mix) – 7:40 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  3. "Three Boats Down from the Candy" (1984 Re-recording) – 4:00 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Minnett)
  4. "Punch and Judy" (Demo) – 3:50 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mover)
  5. "She Chameleon" (Demo) – 6:34 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)
  6. "Emerald Lies" (Demo) – 5:32 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley)
  7. "Incubus" (Demo) – 8:09 (Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas)

All individual writing credits taken from the 1998 remastered version; the original 1984 version credited "Marillion" collectively.

Formats and re-issues[edit]

The album was originally released on cassette, vinyl LP and 12" Picture Disc. The album was released on CD sometime afterwards. In 1998, as part of a series of Marillion's first eight studio albums, EMI re-released Fugazi with remastered sound and a second disc containing bonus material, listed above. The remastered edition was later also made available without the bonus disc.

A new 180-gram vinyl pressing was released in February 2012 by EMI. It was identical to the original vinyl release from 1984.

Personnel[edit]

  • Fish – Voice
  • Steve Rothery - Yamaha SG2000, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Roland GR303/505 Guitar Synth, Fender Stratocaster, Ovation Acoustic, Roland JC120 Combo, Marshall 50W MV Combo, Mesa Boogie, Roland 501 Chorus/Echo, Boss Effects Pedals
  • Mark Kelly - Bosendorfer Grand Piano, PPG Wave 2.2, Roland Jupiter 8, Minimoog, Emulator, Yamaha DX7, Yamaha GS1, Korg CX3, Church Organ (Recorded at Angel Studios, London)
  • Pete Trewavas - Aria and Fender basses, Trace Elliott and Peavey Amplification
  • Ian Mosley - Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Simmons Drums
  • Linda Pyke - Backing vocal on "Incubus"
  • Chris Karen - Additional Percussion

Trivia[edit]

  • The 1984 re-recorded version of "Market Square Heroes" that was released on the reverse of the "Punch and Judy" single appears instead on the re-mastered edition of Script for a Jester's Tear as "Market Square Heroes (Alternative Version)."
  • The line "What do you call assassins, who accuse assassins anyway, my friend?", from the end of "Assassing" is quoted verbatim in the PC game Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2.

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Ultimate Classic Rock, Eduardo Rivadavia claimed Fugazi "proved just as diverse, ambitious, even preposterous (in the best possible prog-rock sense) as Script. They matched epic, complex musicianship with oblique wordplay to perfection on the likes of Assassing, Jigsaw, Incubus, and the title track — all of which would become perennial concert favorites for years to come. If anything, the new album was, at once, more polished (in terms of both production standards and song arrangements) and a tad less consistent than its predecessor, unquestionably falling short of heightened expectations on the somewhat less-than-stellar Emerald Lies and certainly the subpar She Chameleon."[4]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1984 UK Album Chart 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Franck, John (2011). "Fugazi - Marillion | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Turner, Josh (2011). "Music Street Journal - Music News & Reviews". musicstreetjournal.com. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ David Roberts British Hit Singles and Albums, Guinness World Records Limited
  4. ^ "30 Years Ago: Marillion Release 'Fugazi'". Ultimate Classic Rock. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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