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“Johnny Marr-endorsed, overlooked Britpop heroes.” - Q Magazine’s ‘Track Of The Day’, August 2014

Marion were an English alternative indie group, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Jaime Harding (singer) became friends with Joe Moss (the ex-manager of The Smiths and huge music fan). Joe assisted Jaime in the creation of a new group which Jaime already knew he wanted to call Marion. Joe taught Jaime the history of all kinds of music going back as far as 1920s blues, which he had previously done for Johnny Marr at the start of The Smiths.

Joe Moss helped Jaime find and inspire musicians including Anthony Grantham, Phil Cunningham and Murad Mousa who he had attended school with. Once the group was formed, a 5 piece of Jaime Harding (singing), Anthony Grantham (guitar), Phil Cunningham (guitar), Julian Philips (bass), Murad Mousa (drums), Joe immediately found a permanent rehearsal space for Marion in the basement of the Night & Day Cafe on Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It took 9 months of 6/7 days a week writing and rehearsing for the band to be ready to play London gigs and attract a major record company deal.
After releasing the debut single ‘Violent Men’ on Rough Trade Records, a bidding war began between the major record labels, with Marion eventually signing to London Records and Island Music Publishing in October 1994. In March 1995, Julian left the group, replaced by Nick Gilbert who featured on all other Marion recordings.

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