Fugazi (album)

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Studio album by Marillion
Released 12 March 1984
Recorded November 1983 – February 1984
Studio Various
Length 45:56
Label EMI
Producer Nick Tauber
Marillion chronology
Script for a Jester's Tear
Real to Reel
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]

Fugazi is the second studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1984. Produced by Nick Tauber, it was recorded between November 1983 and February 1984 at various studios and was the first to feature current drummer Ian Mosley, following the dismissal of the band's original drummer Mick Pointer. Built upon the success of its predecessor, the album hit the UK Top 5[2] and went Gold.[3]

Cover artwork[edit]

Cover artwork was created by Mark Wilkinson.


As Marillion used ten different studios to record the album and the line-up had undergone a change, Fugazi proved to be a slightly incoherent follow-up to Script for a Jester's Tear, that was noticed in the retrospective review by John Franck of AllMusic. Nevertheless, he awarded the album a 4 star rating, singling out such songs as "Assassing", "Incubus", and "Fugazi".[1]

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]

Fugazi reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart, spending there totally 20 weeks.[2] It was certified Gold by the BPI on 9 July 1985 for sales in excess of 100.000 copies.[3] The album produced two singles which became minor hits, "Punch and Judy" (UK no. 29) and "Assassing" (UK no. 22).[5]

Formats and reissues[edit]

The album initially was released on LP[nb 1], 12" picture disc and cassette. The first CD edition[nb 2] appeared sometime afterwards. As part of a series of Marillion's first eight studio albums, EMI Records re-released Fugazi in 1998 with 24-bit digital remastered sound and a second disc containing bonus tracks[nb 3]. The remastered version was also made available without the bonus disc in 2000. A new 180g heavy weight vinyl pressing identical to the original 1984 edition[nb 4] was issued in 2012.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fish, Mark Kelly, Steve Rothery, Pete Trewavas, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Assassing"     7:03
2. "Punch & Judy"   Fish, Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas, Jonathan Mover 3:22
3. "Jigsaw"     6:51
4. "Emerald Lies"   Fish, Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas, Ian Mosley 5:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "She Chameleon"     6:55
6. "Incubus"     8:32
7. "Fugazi"   Fish, Kelly, Rothery, Trewavas, Mosley 8:03
Total length:
  • All individual writing credits are from the 1998 remastered edition[nb 3]. According to the original 1984 version[nb 1], all songs were written by the whole band; all lyrics are credited to Fish.


  • 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
Additional musicians
  • Linda Pyke – backing vocal (on "Incubus")
  • Chris Karen – additional percussion
Technical personnel


Chart (1984) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 29
German Albums (Official Top 100)[8] 42
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 5
"Punch and Judy"
Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 29
Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 22


Region Certification
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Gold


  1. ^ a b EMI: EMC 2400851
  2. ^ EMI: CDP 7 46027 2
  3. ^ a b EMI: 7243 4 93369 2 6, 493 3692
  4. ^ EMI: 50999 621806 1 0, VEMC 2900851
  1. ^ a b Franck, John. Marillion: "Fugazi" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Marillion - Fugazi". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "British album certifications – Marillion – Fugazi". British Phonographic Industry. 
  4. ^ "30 Years Ago: Marillion Release 'Fugazi'". Ultimate Classic Rock. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Marillion". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fugazi". The Official Marillion Website. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ "1983-03-20 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1984-02-11" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 March 2015.

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