The Marillion Fish singer on his favorite music albums | Music | Entertainment
DAVID BOWIE: Hunky Dory (EMI)
I was never a big Bowie fan as a kid and was always too big to wear glam-rock outfits but his songs were catchy. When I joined Marillion and moved to Aylesbury where Bowie first took off, we would go to this cafe and the guy would bombard us with his music.
I really appreciated the quality of the song on this album.
GENESIS: Selling England by the Pound (EMI)
I was raised on prog rock and that’s when the band I loved suddenly released a hit single so I could tell people, ‘I told you they were good .” I remember listening to it on an eight-track player in my dad’s Volvo.
PINK FLOYD: Dark of the Moon (EMI)
An album that I have played all my life. I always like to toss a glass of wine at two in the morning and listen to it on vinyl. As teenagers at parties, when the alarm bells rang, that’s when you made up your mind. The roller coaster structure was a huge source of inspiration.
JONI MITCHELL as Hejira (Warner Asylum)
I discovered Joni in the early 1980s when I started writing. My fondest memories of this are listening to a Walkman walking around Berlin. The poetry, the images and the grief were magical.
YES: Yessongs (Rhino)
The first band I really liked when I was about 12. What everyone forgot about some progressive rock bands was the fantastic groove underlying the music. It was the work of art I got into first, and then Jon Anderson’s high-pitched voice. My desert island disc.
JOHN MARTYN: Solid Air (Universal Island)
A relaxed but powerful late-night album. May You Never is one of the greatest songs of all time. Martyn then introduced me to Nick Drake. I love when an album pushes you to listen to something else.
Fish went solo and is currently on tour. fish-thecompany.com