Video Killed The Radio Star: Marillion – Garden Party


This week’s music video comes from another of my favourite 80s bands – Marillion (they are still active but I have to admit they fell off my radar a couple of albums after Scots singer Fish left the band back in the late 80s).

This is their video for Garden Party, which was the second single from their 1982 debut album, the brilliant Script For A Jester’s Tear.

The song is an attack on the class system, snobs and elitism and the video takes the concept a step further. Sort of a cross between Lord Of The Flies and a Dennis Wheatley novel, it features the band members as working-class schoolboys who disrupt a posh garden party at a country house.

Initially they simply make fun of the upper-class guests but then they start to sabotage the party, at first with harmless schoolboy pranks – before revealing a more sinister and demonic side to their characters.

A great song with some clearly cheap and cheerful music video production but surprisingly effective and entertaining for all that – and it’s always good to see the hooray Henrys and Henriettas get a doing…

Enjoy! (Don’t forget to click the HQ button to get the best sound and vision quality.)

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