Assassing

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"Assassing"
Marillion-assassing.jpg
Single by Marillion
from the album Fugazi
B-side "Cinderella Search"
Released 30 April 1984 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl record, 12" vinyl record
Recorded December 1983
Genre Neo-progressive rock
Length 7:02 (single version = 3:39)
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas
Producer(s) Nick Tauber
Marillion singles chronology
"Punch and Judy"
(1984)
"Assassing"
(1984)
"Kayleigh"
(1985)
"Punch and Judy"
(1984)
"Assassing"
(1984)
"Kayleigh"
(1985)
Audio sample

"Assassing" is a song by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion. It was the second single from their second studio album, Fugazi (1984). The single reached no. 22 on the UK singles charts in May 1984.[1] The 7" single's title track is a heavily edited version of the first track on Fugazi, with a length of 03:39 as opposed to the album version with 07:01. The B-side is the non-album track "Cinderella Search".

The lyrics of the song, which feature a narrator-character describing himself as an assassin, appear to concern character assassination. The lyrics are full of metaphors alluding to verbal fighting, for example, "unsheath the blade within the voice." The lyrics are generally interpreted as a reference to the verbal arguments that preceded band founder and drummer Mick Pointer's departure from the band.

The international 12" version contains both the full album version and the edited version of the title track; the latter is missing from the UK release. The b-side also appears in a significantly longer version.

As with all Marillion albums and singles of the Fish period, the cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson.

A CD replica of the single was also part of a collectors box-set released in July 2000 which contained Marillion's first twelve singles and was re-issued as a 3-CD set in 2009 (see The Singles '82–'88).

Track listing[edit]

7" versions[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Assassing" [Edited version] – 3:39

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Cinderella Search" [Edited version] – 4:19

12" versions[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Assassing" [Full version] – 7:01

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Cinderella Search" [Full version] – 5:24
  2. "Assassing" [Edited version] – 3:38 (not on UK version)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-30.