Live pour la BBC Four en 1995. Marion are an English rock band, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire. They became synonymous with the Britpop music scene, appearing on the Britpop Now BBC television special. Influenced by local stars like Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Smiths, they were hailed as possible successors to The Smiths but never achieved the success predicted for them, falling prey to the so-called "Curse of Morrissey" — Morrissey's praise and support for young bands were said to be fatal. Unfortunately, Harding's well documented drug addiction got in the way of a very promising career and they split up in 1999.
In 2006 Jaime Harding and Phil Cunningham recruited a new set of musicians and reformed the band and are currently working on new material having played their first live gig together as Marion in more than 7 years on 1 April 2006 in Bath. They followed this up with sold-out shows in Manchester and London in September 2006.