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A Long Overdue Update



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Thanks to everyone who still visits this site, and apologies for the lack of updates.  I started this site back in 1998, so it will be celebrating it’s 25th birthday next year, which I can’t quite believe.  It still gets 500 ‘unique’ visits every month, and I’m still astounded that I’m finding ‘new’ Europeans & How We Live stuff all the time.  That backlog of ‘new stuff’ has mounted up somewhat, as life (happily) gets in the way still.  That said, I’ve been spurred on to do some updates after a recent shout out on Steve Hogarth & Ant Short’s ‘The Corona Diaries’ podcast (Chapter 123: Follow me into the Rainbow Room).  So, I’ve started by giving the Gigography page a thorough update – with lots of new gig photos, adverts, ticket stubs, posters and recollections.  My long term plan is to drag the site into the 2020s, by updating the hosting and formatting to show the collection off better.  However, I do like the charm of the ‘old school’ html pages – it gives it more of a ‘photocopied A4 fanzine’ feel.  So whilst I can still shoehorn it as add-ons to the original site, I shall.  I still have lots of pages I’ve half-started, so look out for the following soon:  An in-depth look at the band’s equipment, a comprehensive chronology of studio recordings (including details of lots of unreleased tracks), a mini-interview with Andy Qunta about a track from the late 1980s featuring both Steve & Ferg, more rare Articles, updates to the Discography with better scans, and details of Colin, Ferg & Geoff’s pre-Europeans band ‘Scotch.  That should keep me busy!





‘The Production Team’




New to the site are interviews with David Lord and Warne Livesey, the producer and engineer of Recurring Dreams and Dry Land.  A fascinating insight into how they worked with Europeans and How We Live to commit their unique sound to tape!  Enjoy!


Still on my ‘to do’ list is an Equipment Page, detailing all the instruments used on stage and in the studio!

Also coming soon... A page on the recent Esoteric / Cherry Red reissue of the How We Live – Dry Land CD.





New Lead Singer since 1989





Steve Hogarth joined Marillion 25 years ago!  Time flies eh!  I’ve put together a page inventively called New Singer all about how Steve came to join the band, with quotes from all those involved, plus lots of photos, many of which have been in hiding since 1989!  Hope you enjoy it. 





Dutch Europeans Recollections 1984



Steve & Colin 1988


I’m on a roll, and finally getting round to adding more pages to the site.  Next up is a big update, courtesy of Dutch Europeans fan, Inge Kuijt.  There is a page of her recollections, including a couple of articles written for Dutch and French Marillion fanzines.  These include a great photo (see left) of Colin and Steve taken in London in 1988, towards the end of How We Live’s days!  I have also updated the Gigs pages with the full sets of concert photos from Delft, Amsterdam, Folkestone & Cologne in 1984!  Many thanks to Inge for access to her archive!






Euros Newsletters




Wow, two new updates within a month!  At last, the Europeans Newsletters are now available on the Articles page.  In the days before the internet, these photocopied A4 sheets were posted out to fans that had subscribed to the mail-out list.  I’ve added 22 new pages!  All four band members would often write a short piece, plus musing from Mark at Eccentric!  Enjoy...








Europeans Down Under



It has been a while, but a new page at last.  Europeans Down Under takes a look at Euros and How We Live releases from Australia and New Zealand. 

More pages coming someday soon, including:







Big Update to Gigography Page



Check out the Gigography page, where you’ll find lots of updates.  Nick Atkins (former Europeans soundman) has been able to fill in a lot details about early gigs.  More to come too!.  Also a number of new adverts, posters, flyers and photos (including a great set of shots taken at Leicester Polytechnic in 1982 by Thomas Oldfield.)





The Red Bucket Tapes



New for the site is ‘The Red Bucket Tapes a page about Europeans and How We Live songs as used by Marillion and h’.  Using interviews from this site, and references from across the web, it’s a detailed look at the original songs, and what they became.


Hooks in You Video Shoot



Hooks in You Video Shoot

Next up from the archives is a page dedicated to Steve Hogarth's introduction to Marillion fans - the Hooks in You video shoot at Brixton Academy in August 1989.  Featuring recollections from the band, rare photos & a small Q&A transcript from the show itself.


Steve's First Marillion Gig - 20 years ago!



In June 1989, Steve Hogarth made his live debut with Marillion at a tiny pub in Stoke Row, Oxfordshire.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this gig, take a look at The Crooked Billet page that collects together interview material and archive photos from that special show.


Euros & Harlow Memorabilia at 2009 Marillion Weekend



At this year's Marillion Weekend events in Holland & Canada, there was a welcome return of the 'Marillion Museum.'  As in previous years, this included items of memorabilia donated by the band, including instruments, stage clothes, photographs and more.  The display this year included a number of interesting Harlow & Europeans items.  Thanks to John Attewell (aka Jakefish) for the photographs:


Marillion Museum


Crazy 7" single in Picture Sleeve

Harry De Mazzio 7" promo single

Band Members, Eye & logo Promo shot

Orange Band Promo Shot

Alternate 'Street' band shot (Handstand)

Contact Sheet of band shots dated 5/8/77



Signed & framed Animal Song 12" print.

1982 A&M Animal Song Promo Photograph

Recurring Dreams Illustrated Lyrics Booklet

A number of 'Steve onstage' photographs


Early-Steve Marillion

Steve's midi gloves / cricket bat / guitar

1989 Band Photograph

Multi-track used for demos

Plus various stage clothes...


There is also a YouTube clip of the Museum at  I have updated the Harlow page, adding these new pictures, plus also a new scan of the Harry De Mazzio 7" single, signed by Steve Hoggarth back in 1978!


10th Anniversary Round Up



This website was started back in 1999, so to celebrate I have added a massive 10th Anniversary Round Up page of all things Europeans & How We Live, including news from Steve Hogarth & Geoff Dugmore, more YouTube clips, links to various interviews, recollections from Sound Engineer / Tour Manager Paul Owen, plus new scans etc...  I have lots more to put up on the site this year, so keep checking back for updates.


Europeans on BBC 6 Music



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On Tuesday 5 Feb 2008, Chris Hawkins played 30 mins of Europeans on his late night BBC 6 music show!  The six live tracks were: Typical, Spirit of Youth, Going to Work, Falling, Joining Dots & AEIOU, all from the 1984 Sight & Sound show at Chippenham Goldiggers.  The show was available on the 'listen again' feature via the BBC website, but only for a week.  NOW BACK ONLINE – Click here to download the mp3 of the show (52.6MB)  Click here to see the tracklisting from the BBC6 music site


Europeans on YouTube



I have put a couple of Europeans clips on YouTube, the Recognition Promo clip and Acid Rain live on French TV.  I will post more in the future.  Full details, and links are on the Video page.

Older News items from 2002 to 2007 have also been archived to their own page.


Click here to see archived 'News' Items from 2002 and 2007

Click here to see archived 'News' Items from 2000 and 2001



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