11. Apr, 2020

Mal Foster - Life Stories No.8

Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear

The band, Marillion, in my most humble opinion, is the greatest act to ever rock this earth. I discovered them in October 1982 when visiting the lovely Amanda who was my girlfriend at the time. She was studying maths at the University of Kent at Canterbury. The night before, the band had played live on campus and Amanda’s room-mate had bought a 12’ inch single which I found on her bed. The record was ‘Market Square Heroes’ with the classic ‘Grendel’ on the reverse. Amanda and I couldn't stop playing it and Marillion's music eventually became synonymous with our developing relationship.

At the time, the band was headed by the charismatic frontman, Fish. When he left the band in 1989, everyone was devastated. We needn’t have worried though, the new man, Steve Hogarth came along and helped reinvent the band and they are still going very strong today. Another track from the Steve H era will be posted later. 

When I got back from Canterbury, I scurried along eagerly to the Our Price record shop in the town centre to purchase the single, but Alas, they had sold out. Fortunately, Marillion’s debut album, 'Script for a Jester’s Tear’ was riding high in the charts and was available, I remember feeling like the cat that had got the cream when I carried it home. The album is still regarded by the music press as a classic!

‘Script for a Jester’s Tear’ is the title track from the album. Hear it on YOUTUBE