It may or may not have been Mark Kelly, AKA Mad Jack, AKA the bald guy on keyboards. But somebody in the band came up with the idea to finance their next album entirely by pre-orders. A simple, daring, risky and above all revolutionary idea. For the first time, Marillion would be their own boss. There would be no more pressure from labels to go into whatever kind of music or to finish anything in time. And above all, Marillion would be the sole owners of their own music. All it required was a leap of faith from the fans. But would they, after a string of disappointing albums, still be willing to support this once-great band?
2001 - Anoraknophobia
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Of course they were. The pre-order model was a tremendous success, and Anoraknophobia came *only* a half a year overdue. The confusing title is actually a statement; we're a bunch of anoraks, and we're not afraid of it anymore.