Fugazi - The Argument (CD, Album)


It was released from their third studio album "Misplaced Childhood", but it doesn't appear on that original album. This is one of the poppiest tracks of the band. But, it still works pretty well in the context. The tenth track "White Feather" is from "Misplaced Childhood". It's really a very energetic and dynamic song. Two minutes of Album) neo-prog to wind down a lovely work of art.

It's a great song to close that album. It was also released as a 7" single and 7" picture disc with "Warm Wet Circles" as the A side and a live version of "White Russian" as the B side. This is a nice track opened with soft guitar fills.

It's an easily accessible track. The twelfth track "Kayleigh" is from "Misplaced Childhood". This is maybe the most recognizable Marillion's tune. It's one of the most accessible tracks on that album with again nice lyrics and beautiful soloing by Rothery. The thirteenth track "Freaks" was released on their single "Lavender", in and it was the B side of that Marillion's single.

It was released on their third studio album "Misplaced Childhood", but it doesn't appear on that original album. It was also released as a separated single in This is really a funny Fish's romp. It's a song with very powerful lyrics and with a clear political message with references to the Northern Ireland conflict, at the time. This is one of their best pieces and one of their successful hits performed with excellent and speedy guitar solos.

Rothery is an underrated guitarist, really. Conclusion: "Warm Wet Circles" is a fine compilation album from Marillion that comprises tracks from three of their studio albums released in Fish's era plus two non-album's tracks. However, it doesn't have any track from their second studio album "Fugazi", which is, in my humble opinion, a bit strange thing. For a band that only released four studio albums in Fish's era, that is, at least, somewhat, a bit surprising. It's true that "Fugazi" is in general considered their weakest of those four albums, and is my less favourite too, but it still is undoubtedly, a great album too, really.

Anyway, in my humble opinion, that fact doesn't weaken the general quality of this compilation album, really. It contains some of the best tracks of Marillion released in those days. So, it remains, for me, a very interesting and nice compilation that serves perfectly well as an introduction to the music of Marillion in that era.

Still, it can never replace all those albums. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. The band built their reputation the old-fashioned way by gigging extensively, but their profile was also raised by some clever manipulation of the music press, especially journals such as Sounds, in which Fish often interviewed his proposition that the band were "prog with attitude", a new force for the post-punk era.

This profile landed them a record deal with EMI records, and, inthey released an EP Market Square Heroes, which, it is fair to say, had more than a passing resemblance to the Genesis classic, The Knife. Also appearing was a monster prog track called Grendel. However, it was the release in of their debut long player, Script For A Jester's Tear, which brought them to the wider attention of the rock world.

The band's progress and workload were relentless after this point. They proved themselves to be somewhat merciless in the pursuit of musical and commercial success by ditching Pointer, who was felt to be sub-standard, and replacing him eventually with, after what the band described as their "Spinal Tap" period for drumming, Ian Mosley, formerly of The Steve Hackett Band. Pointer went on to jointly form Arena, a classic neo outfit who still record today, and still tours his Script era version of Marillion.

The difference Mosley made, though, both live and in the studio, was palpable. Misplaced Childhood was a massive hit, reaching number 1 in the UK charts inand responsible for huge hit singles in Kayleigh, Lavender, and Heart of Lothian. By this time, Fish had ditched his trademark face paint, - the music and his sheer personality were a tour de force in them By this time, Fish had ditched his trademark face paint, - the music and his sheer personality were a tour de force in themselves, with no need any longer for gimmicks or theatrics.

This spell of activity culminated in a huge open-air gig in front of tens of thousands at Milton Keynes Bowl, supported by, amongst others, Jethro Tull, themselves no strangers to large concerts. Clutching At Straws was released inand was an altogether darker affair, inspired by colossal drink and drug use by Fish, in particular, and discussing the many complex personal issues that brought.

The relentless touring continued, and EMI were eager for the band to release a quick follow up. The pressure of this was too much, and inFish left the band to embark on Album) solo career which, it is fair to say, had mixed success. The Hogarth Years For many acts, losing such a charismatic and important frontman and lyricist would spell the death knell.

Not, however, for Marillion. It is a little-known irony that Fish, when appearing on a BBC personality programme discussing his favourite music tracks, had actually played a Europeans single whilst still with Marillion. It is a testament to this inspired choice that the band have recorded and toured constantly, with latterly increasing success again, with the self-same line-up for at the time of updating this biography 28 years, an incredible achievement. The debut album released by the line-up was Season's End, released in Much of the music had been recorded prior to Hogarth's arrival, and it showed.

It charted, though, at a respectable number 7 in the UK. The follow up, Holidays in Eden, was, perhaps understandably, criticised by fans and the press alike, as a misplaced attempt to create a commercial rock album driven by the desire to have hits.

Whilst it did not bomb, also reaching number 7 in the charts, it certainly did not sell in the numbers of its predecessors, and the band found themselves playing to admittedly ultra-loyal fans attending mid-size venues of 3, such as Wolverhampton Civic Hall, rather than the larger arenas of the late Fish era. The band fought back, though, releasing in three years after Holidays the seminal concept album, Brave. The lyrics behind the music were inspired by a story Hogarth heard on local radio concerning a young lady who had committed suicide by leaping from Bristol Suspension Bridge.

Although obviously dark and brooding almost throughout, the album was a statement of intent by a band determined to plough their own furrow in the music world. In later years, the album has been critically praised, and it also spawned a rather arty film of the same name. EMI, though, dropped the band, and the final album released with the label at the time was Afraid of Sunlight, released in It only reached number 16 in the UK charts, and sold relatively poorly.

It was not much compensation when, upon reviewing the album on release, Q Magazine pronounced boldly that if any other band than Marillion had released this work, it would be a monster hit worldwide. At this time, prog had a bad name again, and the band suffered because of it. Further, more than one member of the band has wondered what would have been had they renamed themselves upon Hogarth's joining.

There has been some wonderful recognition of the storytelling and emotional music inherent in the album when the family of Donald Campbell, famously killed in an accident on Coniston Water in a speed record attempt, following the discovery of his body inasked the band to perform Out of this World, a track from the album inspired by Campbell, at a memorial service.

Marillion signed for Castle Records, and went on to record three albums with them, these being This Strange Engine, Radiation, and Marillion. The band, though, became increasingly unhappy with the poor marketing strategy, and lack of understanding of the music, by their record company, and they parted ways, with no real prospect of a new deal anywhere else in prospect. Once again, the band found themselves on the cusp of disaster. Disaster was averted, as Marillion set the template for all the crowd funded, internet based, music recording that is so widespread in the second decade of the millennium.

Put simply, they asked their fans, still incredibly loyal, to fund the recording of Anoraknophobia before even a note had been recorded. This incredibly far sighted decision was not just the beginning of a return to relative commercial success, but also the template for many other more niche acts to follow. Marbles, released ina very well received album with genuine classic progressive tracks, had its marketing funded by the fans, but also had a double cd not commercially available to those who pre-ordered.

Again, it was a tremendous success, and the band even enjoyed a return to the top ten singles charts with You're Gone, even if an appearance on Top of the Pops was denied them. At the time of writing this biography inthe band have released five more albums, all with increasing commercial success, and continuing to use the fanbase as the model for funds and publicity, together with a more sympathetic press tiring of overtly rubbish commercial pop music.

Inthe album F. It caught the zeitgeist of the times extremely well, that of a tired world increasingly bewildered by greed, corruption, poverty, the loss of traditional England, and an inability by the country's and world's politicians to deal with such issues effectively. It peaked at number 4 in the UK charts, having been funded by a Pledge Music campaign, and in October the band achieved a lifetime ambition of playing live at London's Royal Albert Fugazi - The Argument (CD.

Tickets sold out within three minutes of being on sale. Marillion can be said to epitomise the tradition of progressive rock, playing, at times, incredibly complex music, but with an attitude and ethos wholly grounded alongside their fanatical fanbase. People reading this biography should not be fooled, or put off, by the neo-prog label attributed to them on this site.

Marillion are far more than that, and they proclaim it very proudly. Steve Lazenby Lazland - read more. The term comes as the point of the story—he doesn't want to do drugs or drink, so therefore the writer has an edge over those who do—a straight edge.

Some of the other members of Minor Threat, Jeff Nelson in particular, took exception to what they saw as MacKaye's imperious attitude on the song.

All I'm saying is there are three things, that are like so important to the whole world that I don't happen to find much importance in, whether it's fucking, or whether it's playing golf, because of that, I feel I can't keep up Minor Threat's song "Guilty of Being White" led to some accusations of racism [ by whom? He claims that his experiences attending Wilson High School, whose student population was 70 percent black, inspired the song.

There, many students bullied MacKaye and his friends. In an interview, MacKaye stated that he was offended that some perceived racist overtones in the lyrics, saying, "To me, at the time and now, it seemed clear it's an anti-racist song. Of course, it didn't occur to me at the time I wrote it that anybody outside of my twenty or thirty friends who I was singing to would ever have to actually ponder the lyrics or even consider them.

In the time between the release of the band's second seven-inch EP and the Out of Step record, the band briefly split when guitarist Lyle Preslar moved to Illinois to attend college for a semester at Northwestern University. Preslar was a member of Big Black for a few tempestuous rehearsals. The group recorded three untitled songs, which would be released posthumously as Dischord's 50th release. In Marchat the urging of Bad Brains' H.

The reunited band featured an expanded lineup: Steve Hansgen joined as the band's bassist and Baker switched to second guitar. The band also inserted an overdubbed spoken section into the instrumental break before the last chorus with MacKaye stating, "This is not a set of rules, I'm not telling you what to do According to Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins' Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capitalthis argument was over exactly what would be said in the message that Nelson wanted MacKaye to record, stating essentially what he said without knowing it was being recorded.

An ideological door had already been opened, however, and bysome straight-edge punks, such as followers of the band SS Decontrolwere swatting beers out of people's hands at clubs.

Minor Threat broke up in A contributing factor was disagreement over musical direction. MacKaye was allegedly skipping rehearsal sessions towards the end of the band's career, and he wrote the lyrics to the songs on the Salad Days EP in the studio. That was quite a contrast with the earlier recordings, as he had written and co-written the music for much of the band's early material.

Minor Threat, which had returned to being a four-piece group with the departure of Hansgen, played its final show on September 23,at the Lansburgh Cultural Center in Washington, D. In a meaningful way, Minor Threat ended their final set with "Last Song", a tune whose name was also the original title of the band's song "Salad Days". Following the breakup, MacKaye stated that he did not "check out" on hardcorebut in fact hardcore "checked out".

Explaining this, he stated that at a Minutemen show, a fan struck MacKaye's younger brother Alec in the face, and he punched the fan back, then realizing that the violence was "stupid," and that he saw his role in the stupidity.

MacKaye claimed that immediately after this he decided to leave the hardcore scene. SinceBaker has been a member of Bad Religion. Preslar was briefly a member of Glenn Danzig 's Samhainand his playing appears on a few songs on the band's first record. Nelson played less-frantic alternative rock with Three and The High-Back Chairs before retiring from live performance. He runs his own label, Adult Swim Records, distributed by Dischord, and is a graphic artist and a political activist in Toledo, Ohio.

The band's own Dischord Records released material by many bands from the Washington, D. Released on April 19,through Dischord RecordsRepeater did not initially reach the Billboard charts or become a commercial success. But the band spent most of and touring heavily behind Repeaterperforming concerts between March and Juneroutinely selling out 1,plus capacity venues throughout the world.

By summerthe album sold more thancopies, a large number for a label that relied on minimal promotion. Major labels began to court Fugazi, but the band stayed with Dischord. It was critically well received and featured an alternative rock sound that predated significant releases such as Nirvana 's Nevermind and Pearl Jam 's Tenwhich unexpectedly broke the genre into the mainstream.

Niceley had become a chef and had to reluctantly turn down the job, so the band decided to produce the record itself. Six months before its release Dischord had more thanpre-orders for the album. Fugazi recorded its third album, In on the Kill Takerin the fall of with Steve Albini in Chicago, but the results were deemed unsatisfactory and the band rerecorded the album with Niceley and Don Zientara.

With the breakthrough of alternative rock in the early s, In on the Kill Taker ; released on June 30,became the group's first record to enter the Billboard album charts, receiving critical praise from SpinTIME magazine and Rolling Stoneand becoming the band's breakthrough album.

By the In on the Kill Taker tour, the group began to sell out large auditoriums and arenas and receive more lucrative major label offers. During its sold-out 3-night stint at New York City's Roseland Ballroom in Septembermusic mogul and Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun met with the band backstage in an attempt to sign them. Fugazi declined. Fugazi began writing the material for Red Medicine in lateafter touring in support of In on the Kill Taker.

The band worked with Zientara but chose not to work with Niceley again. Fugazi opted to retreat from the in-your-face production values of In on the Kill Taker and instead worked to create an ambient sound that displayed greater range and depth. To achieve this, the band handled production duties itself, and in doing so, became more confident with in-studio experimentation. Red Medicine took Fugazi a step further toward art rock. The band began an extensive worldwide tour in support of the album, playing shows between March and November After the grueling worldwide tour the band completed in support of Red MedicineFugazi took an extended break and also began writing material for a follow-up release.

By March Fugazi had once again returned to Inner Ear Studios with Zientara to begin recording what became End Hitswith the intention of taking a more relaxed approach to recording and a longer amount of time to experiment with different songs and techniques in the studio.

The group ultimately spent 7 months recording the album. Due to the title, rumors began circulating at the time that it was to be their last release. Critical reaction to End Hits was mixed. Many critics praised its heavier tracks, while others questioned the inclusion of the group's longer, more experimental songs. Fugazi began work on The Argument in This process saw the group taking more time than usual to write and demo material. Each member brought his own riffs and ideas to the band, jammed on them, and then began piecing the songs together into various configurations before deciding on the final versions.

The band once again worked with Zientara. During the recording process a considerable amount of time was spent finalizing each song's production, in particular the album's drum tracks, in an effort to give it a unique feel.

We used a lot of different cymbals, snares, and ways of miking. Arion Berger of Rolling Stone called the album "bracing" and "intellectual" [20] and Chris True of AllMusic "spine-tingling and ear-shattering all at once", writing, "the band has raised the bar for themselves and others once again.

It performed only 32 shows in and Fugazi went on what it has called an "indefinite hiatus" after the conclusion of its UK tour following three sold-out nights at the London Forum on November 2—4, Since Fugazi went on hiatus inrumors began circulating about a reunion, with some insinuating that the band may get back together to headline the Coachella Festival. While the band has confirmed that it has been offered large sums of money to reunite and headline festivals, such as Coachella, it has so far declined the offers.

In MarchMacKaye reiterated that Fugazi has "been offered insane amounts of money to play reunions, but it's not going to be money that brings us back together, we would only play music together if we wanted to play music together and time allowed it".

In Novemberwhen asked by The A. Club about the possibility of a reunion and a follow up to 's The ArgumentLally said, " The Argument was a great record that we should try and top. It'll take some time to come together and everything. To do that, we'd have to, the way the four of us are, we would take quite some time, I think, reassociating ourselves musically, and then just letting it come about naturally, because it would have to be a natural thing.

So we'll just see. In AugustDischord announced an official release for First Demoan album featuring 11 demo songs recorded in January MacKaye insisted in a interview that Fugazi is not, in fact, broken up. While he admits any future public performance will have to contend with various confounding factors, the members have occasionally played music together, privately, since their hiatus.

We have a great time together, go out to dinner, and we'll play some music together. So unfortunately, it is where it is. But there does seem to be a lack of time to allow it to happen, because the four of us would have to spend a lot of time together to figure out, 'Should we play old songs? It would be different if we got back together. In the hiatus, the members undertook side projects, with MacKaye forming the duo The Evens with drummer and singer Amy Farina formerly of the Warmers.

Canty has been doing a variety of Fugazi - The Argument (CD scores and playing bass in the trio Garland Of Hours alongside frequent Fugazi guest contributors Jerry Busher and Amy Domingues, Album) has played bass live with Mary Timony. They will release their album in February on Dischord Records. Picciotto currently works as a record producer most notably with Blonde Redhead and The Blood Brothersand he has performed alongside members of The Ex at the Jazz festival in WelsAustria.

In JulyMinneapolis based record label Doomtree released an album of mash-ups between Fugazi and east coast veteran rap crew the Wu-Tang Clan. The album is titled 13 Chambers, group name Wugazi. However, Fugazi itself did not have any involvement with the release.

I mean, it's enjoyable, and I do appreciate it for the fact that somebody enjoys our music enough to bring it into that. But, you know, I don't know. But I'm afraid that is my opinion on it. It's like, get better samples of our stuff, do better work. The album includes 22 instrumental tracks, which sample songs from Fugazi's discography.

But, the album was authorized for release by MacKaye, with the proceeds going to charity. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on February 22, Between andFugazi played over concerts in all 50 US states and all over the world.

Over of these shows were recorded by the band's sound engineers. Beginning in and continuing intoFugazi launched a 30 CD Live Series that featured concerts from various points in their career, which were made available for sale via Dischord Records.

There doesn't have to be the idea that this is the great, golden document. It's all there, and it's not cleaned up. You get what you get. Each concert page also includes flyers, photographs and ticket stubs.

As a career-spanning archival project, the Fugazi Live Series has few equals, putting the band in the company of acts like the Grateful DeadPhish and Pearl Jamthree notable examples of other artists with such a large volume of concerts available for purchase. Fugazi's style has been described as post-hardcore[50] art punk[51] [52] alternative rock[53] and experimental rock. Fugazi combined punk with funk and reggae beats, irregular stop-start song structures, and heavy riffs inspired by popular rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Queenbands that the punk community of the time largely disdained.

Picciotto became the group's second guitarist when he realized MacKaye's typically chunky, low-end riffs and Lally's dub -influenced basslines allowed him to focus on high-pitched parts. In both vocal and guitar roles, Picciotto assumed the role of a foil to MacKaye; employing a Rickenbacker guitar for its scratchy single-coil sound in order to "cut through MacKaye's chunky chording like a laser beam.

Generally, MacKaye's lyrics and singing are more direct and anthemic MacKaye admits that he loves audience sing-alongs and writes songs with shout-able sloganswhile Picciotto usually favors a more abstract, oblique approach. Later, Fugazi more fully integrated elements of punk rock, hardcore, soul and noise with an inventively syncopated rhythm section.

Notable is MacKaye and Picciotto's inventive, interlocking guitar playing, which often defies the traditional notion of " lead " and " rhythm " guitars. They often feature unusual and dissonant chords and progressions filtered through a hardcore punk lens. Each of Fugazi's albums since Repeater have featured an instrumental. By the time of 's Red Medicine bassist Joe Lally also began contributing vocals to the band and the group was implementing many of their broader influences into the overall sound.

And not just from the last few years. Some of them predate us by decades, and most of them wouldn't be punk. I would hope any musician would be inspired by a lot of different kinds of music. On their first tours, Fugazi worked out its DIY ethic by trial and error.

Their decisions were partly motivated by pragmatic considerations that were essentially a punk rock version of simple living : for example, selling merchandise on tour would require a full-time merchandise salesperson who would require lodging, food, and other costs, so Fugazi decided to simplify their touring by not selling merchandise. The band was also motivated by moral or ethical considerations: for example, Fugazi's members regarded pricey admission for rock concerts as tantamount to price gouging a performer's most loyal fans.

Unlike some similar, independent rock contemporaries, Fugazi's performances and tours were always profitable, due to the group's popularity, low business overhead costs, and MacKaye's keen sense of audience response in given regions. Many times the band performed sold-out shows multiple consecutive nights at the same venue. Fugazi's early tours earned it a strong word-of-mouth reputation, both for its powerful performances, and also for the band's eagerness to play in unusual venues.

The group sought out alternatives to traditional rock clubs partly to relieve the boredom of touring, but also hoping to show fans that there are other options to traditional ways of doing things. As Picciotto said, "You find the Elks Lodgeyou find the guy who's got a space in the back of his pizzeria, you find the guy who has a gallery.

Kids will do that stuff because they want to make stuff happen. Michael Azerrad quotes Mackaye, "See, [slam dancers] have one form of communication: violence

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