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Born Apr 25, 1958, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Derek William Dick (aka Seafood) was the dramatic lead vocalist for prog rock-band Marillion until starting a solo job in 1988. Marillion was created as an instrumental music group in 1979 by guitarist Steve Rothery (b. November 25, 1959; Brampton, Britain), drummer Mick Pointer, bassist Doug Irvine, and key pad participant Brian Jelliman. Irvine started performing in 1980 around the group’s 1st demos, but a 12 months later Marillion asked Fish to become listed on as vocalist, and he assumed the frontman placement you start with their 1983 debut recording, Script for the Jester’s Rip. His solid Peter Gabriel-inspired vocals enforced critics’ accusations that Marillion owed a lot more than just a large debts to Genesis, but six even more albums implemented. Musical issues between Fish as well as the music group triggered him to keep after 1988’s Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra). He was changed by Steve Hogarth (b. May 14, 1956; Kendal, Britain), a vocalist quite equivalent in audio and design to Seafood himself. In 1989, Seafood caused Peter Hammill on Hammill’s Fall of the home of Usher task, but was after that changed by Andy Bell. His debut single record, Vigil within a Wilderness of Mirrors, made an appearance one year afterwards and continuing the theatrical flair of Marillion’s quasi-concept albums. After 1991’s Internal Exile as well as the 1993 addresses record Songs in the Mirror, he transferred from EMI to Dick Bros. The Acoustic Program CD made an appearance in 1994, and something year later Seafood released a dual record (released individually), Yin and Yang. Sunsets on Empire was released in 1997, accompanied by the well-received Raingods With Zippos on Chocolate Frog Information in 1999. Through the brand-new millennium Fish provides continued launching CDs in the Delicious chocolate Frog label, including 2002’s Fellini Times, 2003’s Sashimi double-CD established recorded reside in Poland, and 2004’s Field of Crows. Fish released 13th Superstar in 2007 and embarked on a UNITED STATES tour the next year.

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Height 1.95 m
Music Groups Marillion
Albums Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors, Internal Exile, A Feast of Consequences, Raingods with Zippos, Sunsets on Empire, Fellini Days, 13th Star, Songs from the Mirror, Field of Crows, Return to Childhood, Suits, Misplaced Childhood, Clutching at Straws, Script for a Jester's Tear, Kettle of Fish, Blind to the Beautiful, Yin and Yang, Bouillabaisse, Farewell to Childhood, Communion, The Complete BBC Sessions

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1 Spittalrig Farm (Studio), Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland (near Edinburgh) [March 2003]
2 His favorite songs are "I Can See For Miles" by The Who, "Chuck E's In Love" by Rickie Lee Jones, "Wonderous Stories" by Yes, "Stand By Me" by John Lennon, "Lady Eleanor" by Lindisfarne, "Reelin' In The Years" by Steely Dan, "My Brother Jake" by Free, "Stay With Me" by The Faces, "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh and "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
3 The lyrics of his final album with Marillion, "Clutching at Straws", featured many references to his dependency on alcohol and drugs.
4 A close friend of Sad Cafe and Mike & The Mechanics singer Paul M. Young from the early 1980s until his death in 2000.
5 Met singer Heather Findlay in December 2005 and they became engaged to be married. However, the wedding was cancelled in May 2007, ten weeks before it was due to happen.
6 Claims that his dream backing would be John Martyn on lead guitar, Lowell George on rhythm guitar, Jon Lord on keyboards, Phil Collins on drums and Chris Squire on bass.
7 Marillion were voted the Best New Band of 1982 by readers of rock magazine Sounds.
8 Marillion's 1985 album "Misplaced Childhood" came fourth in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]
9 The physical abuse of women is a recurring theme in his songwriting, with examples such as "Punch and Judy" (from Marillion's 1984 album "Fugazi"), "Lady Nina" (the B-side of "Kayleigh"), "Blue Angel" (from Marillion's 1985 album "Misplaced Childhood") and "Family Business" (from his first solo album, "Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors").
10 On his 1993 album "Songs From The Mirror", he covered songs by the Moody Blues, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Argent, Sandy Denny, Genesis, T. Rex and David Bowie, all favourite artists from his youth.
11 He is a member of the Anti Nazi League and wrote the song "White Russian" (from Marillion's "Clutching at Straws" album) as a condemnation of the growth of anti-Semitism he encountered in Austria during a tour with the band in 1986.
12 He joined the Scottish National Party in 1989.
13 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
14 His bandmates in Marillion were guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bass guitarist Pete Trewavas and drummer Ian Mosley.
15 Fish wrote the song "Kayleigh" about his former girlfriend, Kay, although some of the lyrics refer to what happened in other relationships.
16 Marillion, with Fish at the helm, twice made history on the BBC Top of the Pops (1964) programme. Firstly, the top ten countdown was uniquely stopped to introduce the band's performance of "Kayleigh" and when he came to perform "Lavender" he dressed in a drummer boy's jacket (a reference to the front sleeve of the "Misplaced Childhood" album) and wrote the lyrics of the song on a giant paper pad for the audience to sing along.
17 Sang on the pop track "Say It With Pride" which celebrated Scotland's participation in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
18 Supporter of Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh, Scotland.
19 He auditioned for a part in Die Another Day (2002).
20 Daughter, Tara Rowena (born 1 January 1991) with ex-wife Tamara.



1987 2014 writer: "Lavender"
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009 writer: "Kayleigh" - as Dick
Skins 2009 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Nighty Night 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top Ten TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Late Night Shopping 2001 writer: "Kayleigh"
Chasing the Deer 1994 "Fortunes of War"
Live from Loreley 1987 Video documentary writer: "Slàinte Mhath", "Assassing", "Script for a Jester's Tear", "Incubus", "Sugar Mice", "Hotel Hobbies", "Warm Wet Circles", "That Time of the Night", "Pseudo Silk Kimono", "Kayleigh", "Lavender", "Bitter Suite", "Heart of Lothian", "The Last Straw", "Incommunicado"
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Marillion: Recital of the Script 1983 Video writer: "Script for a Jester's Tear", "Garden Party", "Chelsea Monday", "He Knows You Know", "Forgotten Sons", "Market Square Heroes"



Electric Man 2012 Uncle Jimmy
The Jacket 2005 Jimmy Fleischer
Quite Ugly One Morning 2004 TV Movie Finlay Price
9 Dead Gay Guys 2002 Old Nick
Taggart 2000 TV Series Dougie Todd
Rebus 2000 TV Series Barry Judd
The Bill 1998 TV Series David Lawson
The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star 1998 TV Series Derek Trout
Chasing the Deer 1994 Angus Cameron
Jute City 1991 TV Series Ferguson
Zorro 1991 TV Series Daniel Nielson



Pointless Celebrities 2016 TV Series Himself
When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album 2016 Documentary Himself
Polska 2015 Documentary
Preparing the Feast 2013 Video documentary Himself
GMTV 2008 TV Series Himself
Return to Childhood 2006 Video Himself
The Weakest Link 2005 TV Series Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001-2004 TV Series Himself
Marillion: The EMI Singles Collection 2002 Video documentary Himself / Lead vocals
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Top of the Pops 2 2001 TV Series Himself
SAS Band: The Show 2000 Video Himself
Barend en Van Dorp 1999 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1983-1990 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1989 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The Comic Strip Presents... 1988 TV Series Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Three - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
The Roxy 1987 TV Series Himself
Live from Loreley 1987 Video documentary Himself - vocals
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1983-1985 TV Series Himself - Singer
Wogan 1985 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1984 TV Series Himself
Oxford Road Show 1983-1984 TV Series Himself
Marillion: Recital of the Script 1983 Video Himself (Marillion - vocal)

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Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself

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1 [on Scottish independence] I've got my own personal feelings on it but I live up here and I've lived up here since 1988, so sometimes I'll object a little bit to some of the celebrities that are going all out, "Better Together" - it's like, "You don't live up here". Having Mick Jagger and David Bowie turn round and say "Oh it's better together", I don't even think they pay the majority of their taxes in this country.
2 With a real name of Derek William Dick, it became very necessary to find a nickname as quickly as possible.
3 It will come as no surprise to fans of my music, and to most people who know me, that I have been an advocate for independence for a very long time and as such my views have not changed in recent months. I have listened to the debates and arguments with interest and an open mind and have considered both sides of the equations on offer. I personally believe that Scotland as a nation can make it on its own, although I do not envisage it being an easy ride in the formative years.
4 The business has changed so much and I would hate to be in a young band trying to start out now. The demand to compromise is very high.
5 I was wary of being drawn to someone in the industry. But I've been in the situation before where I've gone out with people not involved in music and they've not understood my career.
6 Tara is very independent and never uses my name to open doors. She has done it all herself and now she is more popular than me. I took her to see Queen when she was about 16, we were sat around a table with Brian May and Roger Taylor and she wasn't fazed at all. In fact they were fascinated by her and she is going to the Guns N' Roses concert backstage and I haven't even been asked.
7 I am 1.95 mtrs tall. They go "Ah, we know what you can play, we have this big killer who goes about beating people up. You are 6 foot 5, you are Scottish. You are a drunk or you are a criminal". Stereotyped! I am a nice guy.
8 'Incubus' is probably my all time favourite from my seven years with the band.
9 We're not really a fashion band. We're not a chart band, we're very much an albums band, and I think because you could say the style that Marillion play transcends a lot of different types of styles, it upsets people because they can't categorise us. (Speaking in 1984)
10 I left the band after 7 years and 4 great studio albums with no regrets and a sense of pride and accomplishment.
11 As much as I like Peter's (Peter Gabriel) work and having met him a few times over the years the idea of a collaboration wouldn't work. Personality wise we are very different and I think I may be too "loud" for him! He prefers to work with more "left field" performers and having experienced working with Peter Hammill on his "House of Usher" project in the early stages, having two vocals that sound "similar" doesn't work as well as you may think. Saying that I don't really think we are that similar these days. Perhaps in the early 80's but not now. Hairstyles yes! Vocally no!
12 It is so easy to make music and albums these days and there are far too many that should never be made. There are too many bands and musicians that forget to switch on the bullshit filters in the studio. It's resulted in a lot of substandard and mediocre albums all vying for attention and saturating the market and making it more difficult for people to discover the gems.
13 The thing with demo tapes and the continual experience in studios and examining your writing is that the crap would be filtered out and through advice, criticism and self examination you could maybe create a piece of gold. Now you just buy a few hundred pounds worth of computer software, get a few of your musician mates around and hey presto! you have an album to press!
14 Making an album is the easiest part. The difficulty is getting your music heard and promoting your material into the wider world. And that's more difficult and more expensive than ever. Having a Facebook/ Myspace/ web site doesn't mean everyone visits it! You still have to promote it in the big world.
15 I like the idea of the internet and it has most definitely meant that I have been able to continue my career in an alternative way to the old record company set ups. However the double edged sword is that this freedom is available to all including those that make albums that should never see the light of day!
16 It's a rapidly changing music business these days and I don't really feel I belong to it. I just do my own thing and am grateful that I have a highly supportive fan base who have followed me for a long time and enable me to continue to make albums.
17 In all honesty, I am 50 years old, I smoke, drink, have a 'colourful' history, have sung at nearly 1,700 gigs over 27 years and have conducted three times as many interviews. It's like standing on the M1 and expecting not to be hit by a car.
18 By 1987 we were over-playing live because the manager was on 20 per cent of the gross. He was making a fantastic amount of money while we were working our asses off. Then I found a bit of paper proposing an American tour. At the end of the day the band would have needed a £14,000 loan from EMI as tour support to do it. That was when I knew that, if I stayed with the band, I'd probably end up a raging alcoholic and be found overdosed and dying in a big house in Oxford with Irish wolfhounds at the bottom of my bed.
19 "The people who are buying chart records are kids, and I am not talking about teenagers." (Speaking in 2003)
20 One of the problems nowadays is that in the corporate music environment that we live in, people don't want to get involved in politics or controversial issues because it might lead to a loss in sales.
21 I really enjoy making music, but I think that when it gets to a certain commercial level it just becomes far less enjoyable.
22 I saw Duran Duran in their heyday and they blew me away. They were genuine stars with great music and a great production.
23 When you start in a band you're comparing yourself to other bands, 'they sell so many more records' and the rest of it, but after your first or second album all you're concerned with is basically your own creativity, your own tours. I mean obviously you take an interest in what other people are doing but you just chart your own path.
24 What I find really disgusting is that the most powerful comment on the Falklands War, Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, didn't reach as many people as it should have. You know why? Because everybody was told it was so unhip to like anything by the Floyd.
25 Who writes when they are happy? If you are really happy, having a magical night making love by the side of a Swiss lake you don't stop midway through and say: 'excuse me, I'm feeling so happy I have to stop and write a lyric'. You wait until the whole thing falls apart and then you think back to what it was like.
26 At 21 I wanted the fame, but what does fame give you? You get the best table at the restaurant, but there are more waiters hanging around looking for bigger tips.
27 You get infected with the cynicism, the negativity, and the apathy that exists in Britain. It's really starting to get to me now.
28 I can't get any coverage. I'm over 25 years old, bald, a stone overweight and therefore I'm not relevant. We are getting airplay all over mainland Europe, but I can't get played in the island I come from with my own native language.
29 There came a lot of pressure upon us. They wanted Kayleigh part II. Because Misplaced Childhood was a big album. And Clutching at Straws had not sold quite as many as Misplaced. And everybody wanted us to break America. I just feel a bit uncomfortable when I am under pressure like that.
30 'Kayleigh' was a way of saying sorry. I had a lot of relationships that basically I'd wrecked because I was obsessed with the career and where I wanted to go. I was very, very selfish and I just wanted to be the famous singer but I was starting to become aware of the sacrifices that I was making, and I think that Kay was one of those sacrifices. 'Kayleigh' was not just about one person; it was about three or four different people. The 'stilettos in the snow' was something that happened in Galashiels, when I can remember we were both really drunk and, you know, dancing under a street light, and 'dawn escapes from moonwashed college halls' was part of the Cambridge thing.
31 Going through parks listening to Joni Mitchell, Lavender is the little boy's dream about you can walk through the park and bump into the lady of your dreams that you're going to fall instantaneously in love with.
32 I've got used to signing autographs for 13 year old Kayleighs.

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