Friday, June 03, 2005

MP3: Marion / Sleep / The Collector / I Stopped Dancing (video)

Okay time for a band i've been looking forward to talking about. To me, Marion will always be the great forgotten band of the Britpop era. Despite some absolutely fantastic songs they were beset by problems and so never really made it. They formed in Manchester in 1993, and after releasing their first few singles (including Violent Men) on Rough Trade, signed with London ready for the release of their debut, This World And Body, in 1996. That album contained the singles Sleep, Let's All Go Together, Time and Toys For Boys.

Sleep is the first MP3 below, and just as I believe Marion are the great forgotten britpop band, I think Sleep must be the great forgotten Britpop single. There's something about the way the band manage to channel Morrisseyisms into a harder, more driving rock sound without really seeming a pastiche that really sets them apart from the Gene's of the world, and I think this song really exemplifies that. The line 'somebody told me that you really loved me, and i fell asleep almost instantly' is surely the greatest line Morrissey never wrote.

The second song here is called The Collector and was a b-side on the re-released Sleep single, and was chosen merely because its a damn good pop song. Following the small success of their first album Marion toured a bit, and then (and here's the fatal flaw) took just over 2 years to release their second album, The Program. Despite being a lot better than the first and featuring some nice jangly Johnny Marr production, the album completely bombed, not helped by the fact that the record company didn't spend a penny on promotion and that the britpop scene was just about over. Singer Jaime Harding's recurring heroin problems added to the eventual breakup of the band a year or so later.

Since then a few songs have leaked out which are supposedly demos by Harding, but not much else despite rumours. However apparently Jaime re-appeared at a recent show by some of his ex-bandmates and sang a few songs, so hopefully there's something in the pipeline. Personally I feel that the band should have been a lot bigger, and the fact that I inexplicably didn't notice until very recently how similar Jaime's vocals are to Brandon Flowers of the Killers shows that they clearly had a sound that could have been successful. Anyway the final file for your downloading pleasure is a video performance of I Stopped Dancing (from their first record) as seen on a really rather awful 1995 Damon Albarn presented tv show called 'Britpop Now!', which also featured the horrors of Echobelly and Powder. Definitely painful viewing at times, and even the Marion clip doesn't escape that completely. Check out the fringe flopping guitarist. Now that's indie. Anyway hope people like the songs and make the effort to track down their records, cos its really worth the effort!

Download: Sleep - MP3 2.89mb (rapidshare)
Download: The Collector - MP3 3.09mb (rapidshare)
Download: I Stopped Dancing - AVI 19.4mb (rapidshare)

For more info on Marion check out this fanlisting, this fansite or this yahoo group.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do i actually DL thefile? the link brings me to another site and there I reach a dead end

2:36 pm, June 04, 2005  
Blogger marianne said...

Scroll to the bottom and click the button that says "free".. then it'll take you to a site where after waiting a while will let you download the file.

Oh and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! for that video file. I watched that show, but with me being stupid I didn't know Marion back then so zapped to another channel when they came on. Only to fall in love with their music a few months later and regretting not seeing it ever since...
Oh and cheers for the link to my site..

2:41 pm, June 04, 2005  
Blogger porcupiny said...

Thanks so much for that video file, Marion was one of my first concerts (in 1998) and I will never forget them! The rest of your blog is very cool, keep up the good work!

6:34 pm, June 04, 2005  
Blogger Jamie Summers said...

no problem, glad people like the stuff i put up. i'm sure i'll put some more marion stuff up in the future. they certainly were a great band.


8:52 pm, June 04, 2005  
Blogger Chris Brown said...

I've got the first Marion album. I wasn't hugely impressed with it, to be honest, but 'Sleep' was a fine single. Is the single version different?

I was always a bit distracted by the fact that the bass player looked like Bruno Brookes.

11:24 am, June 12, 2005  
Blogger Jamie Summers said...

They released Sleep twice, once as a single a while before the album, and then they re-recorded it for the album and released it as a single afterwards. The lyrics are slightly different, as is the arrangement/performance. To my ears the re-recorded version sounds a lot better, much sharper performance wise, but that could be because i'm used to it far more than the original.

12:17 pm, June 12, 2005  
Blogger herman said...

Marion is great!

And you've got a nice weblog. Keep up the good work!

7:10 pm, June 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marion should have been a big band.

I had the opportunity to attend one of their gig in Paris (in 1995, I think) and they were really great: one of the best concet i have ever seen!

3:12 pm, March 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha. I used to play with Phil, Jamie and Tony in some dodgy bands in Macc. I do enjoy thier music. In fact I used to wash dishes with Phil and Jamie.

3:14 am, March 20, 2006  
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