Top Ten Reasons Why Marillion Are Better Than Oasis

As if you really needed to know…

Yes, it’s another stupid list. Deal with it.

  1. Marillion have made more that two good albums
  2. Marillion have five creative band members, and have kept the same lineup for 19 years
  3. Even ex-members of Marillion have made made great solo albums – how many classic records has Bonehead made since leaving Oasis?
  4. The Guardian Music blog does not include pointless blogs about Marillion every week.
  5. You cannot blame Marillion for the phenomenon of landfill indie
  6. Nobody would consider calling Steve Hogarth “Monkey Boy”
  7. Marillion are far more than a glorified tribute to the bands they were accused of ripping off at the start of their career.
  8. Marillion have never released an album accompanied by deafening hype, which then turned out to be complete rubbish.
  9. Let’s just not talk about Oasis’ contribution towards the profitability of Bolivian marching powder industry…
  10. Even Richard Dawkins thinks Steve Rothery is God, only Noel Gallagher thinks Noel Gallagher is God.
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10 Responses to Top Ten Reasons Why Marillion Are Better Than Oasis

  1. good list, although “Marillion didn’t enable Alan Mcgee to spout absolute garbage in the media and be taken seriously” should be in there.

  2. Serdar says:

    “You cannot blame Marillion for the phenomenon of landfill indie” — nope. For that, I blame Nirvana.

  3. Tim Hall says:

    Nirvana are responsible for US corporate ‘alternative’ rock – Oasis are responsible for their even duller UK counterparts.

  4. NRT says:

    1. No problem with lists. Ranked lists, on the other hand….

    2. “Marillion have made more that two good albums” – One of Oasis’ is exceptional, though.

    3. “Marillion have five creative band members, and have kept the same lineup for 19 years” – true, but I don’t see that as a reason why Band A is ‘better’ than Band B. I’d be perfectly happy with a hypothetical band featuring an inspired individual and an endless succession of session musicians – I don’t agree that continuity and collaboration are automatically better.

    4. Marillion have never released an album accompanied by deafening hype, which then turned out to be complete rubbish. – Oh yes they have! ‘Somewhere Else’ was thoroughly hyped within the fan comunity, and was subsequently… disappointing.

    5. Which still leaves plenty of reasons why I agree with you.

  5. Tim Hall says:

    Perhaps I should have made it clear that this post is supposed to be extremely tongue-in-cheek. It’s already been pointed out on the #Freaks IRC channel that two of the ten are factually incorrect (and I won’t say which two)

  6. Weety says:

    Nice one Tim…….I just read that attempted advert for Oasis’ new one from Mr McGoo – feckin’ hell, he talks literally out of his tradesman’s!!!!

  7. Tom says:

    NRT: with regards to #4, what album among any artists’ fans is NOT going to be accompanied by deafening hype between themselves? Is that not what fans do, chatter away between themselves about upcoming albums? If they were all fearing the next album, they wouldn’t be much fans, would they? I still think it’s a pretty decent album, regardless of having a few dull tracks. Skip “Most Toys” and “Last Century” and substitute b-sides “Say The Word” and “Circular Ride” and you have a much stronger listen. It was still far from “rubbish” even with the original songs left in – just a let down after Marbles.

    “Landfill indie.” I like that, must find a use for that in a sentence today.

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  9. Krystal says:

    In all seriousness, it doesn’t take much to be better than Oasis.