Marion

1) Marion is a rock band, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. They became synonymous with the britpop music scene, appearing on the Britpop Now BBC television special. Influenced by local stars like Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Smiths, they were hailed as possible successors to The Smiths but never achieved the success predicted for them. The band consisted of vocalist Jaime Harding, guitarists Phil Cunningham and Tony Grantham, Murad Moussa on drums and Nick Gilbert on bass. ...show more

1) Marion is a rock band, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. They became synonymous with the britpop music scene, appearing on the Britpop Now BBC television special. Influenced by local stars like Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Smiths, they were hailed as possible successors to The Smiths but never achieved the success predicted for them. The band consisted of vocalist Jaime Harding, guitarists Phil Cunningham and Tony Grantham, Murad Moussa on drums and Nick Gilbert on bass.

Offering an original, quite hard edged take on the britpop theme, Marion's closest brush with commercial success came in early 1996 when their debut album, This World And Body, reached #10 in the UK album charts. But packed though the album was with potential singles, the individual releases made little headway, with Sleep becoming the band's highest charting single at #17 in March 1996. Jaime Harding's well documented drug addiction quickly began to get in the way of the band's promising career. Marion did release a second album in 1998 (The Program) but this was not widely acclaimed, and sold poorly.

In the two short years since the band's first long-player, the britpop ship had sailed and left them behind. The band split up in 1999, with Cunningham later becoming a touring guitarist for Electronic and a member of New Order. Harding recorded a series of demos that later became known as the Sister EP with Wayne Ward, and these circulated over the internet while never gaining an official release. At the beginning of 2006, Jaime Harding and Phil Cunningham started working together again, writing new songs, and planning to put together a band for a gig in Bath in early April. ...show less

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