Fugazi (album)

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Fugazi
Marillion - Fugazi.jpg
Studio album by Marillion
Released 12 March 1984[1]
Recorded November 1983 – February 1984
Studio
Genre Progressive rock, neo-progressive rock, pop rock, art rock
Length 45:56
Label EMI
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[2]

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[3] and went Gold.[4]

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[2]

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.’"[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Fugazi reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart, spending there a total of 20 weeks.[3] It was certified Gold by the BPI on 9 July 1985 for sales in excess of 100.000 copies.[4] The album produced two singles which became minor hits, "Punch and Judy" (UK no. 29) and "Assassing" (UK no. 22).[6]

Formats and reissues[edit]

The album was initially released on LP[nb 1], 12" picture disc and cassette.[7] The first CD issue[nb 2] appeared sometime afterwards.

As part of a series of Marillion's first eight studio albums, EMI Records re-released Fugazi on 23 February 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 and again in 2005 as a Japanese mini-LP replica[nb 4].

A new 180g heavy weight vinyl pressing identical to the original 1984 edition[nb 5] was released in 2012.[7]

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:
45:56
  • 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.

Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1984) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 29
German Albums (Official Top 100)[9] 42
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 5
"Punch and Judy"
Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 29
"Assassing"
Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b EMI: EMC 2400851
  2. ^ EMI: CDP 7 46027 2
  3. ^ a b EMI: 7243 4 93369 2 6, 493 3692
  4. ^ Toshiba-EMI: TOCP-67785
  5. ^ EMI: 50999 621806 1 0, VEMC 2900851
Citations
  1. ^ "Fugazi". Fish-TheCompany.Com: Official Site. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Franck, John. Marillion: "Fugazi" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Marillion - Fugazi". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "British album certifications – Marillion – Fugazi". British Phonographic Industry. 
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (12 March 2014), "30 years ago: Marillion release ‘Fugazi’", Ultimate Classic Rock, retrieved 2 April 2015 
  6. ^ "Marillion". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Fugazi". The Official Marillion Website. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Marillion – Fugazi". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  11. ^ "1983-03-20 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1984-02-11" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 March 2015.

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