Episode 65

Published on:

26th Jul 2021

Chapter 65. A Chastity Belt of solid Gaffa tape.

It would be fair to say it took us a little while to find our collective oeuvre this week. What with the heat, and the excitement of ‘freedom day’ getting down to the business of recording a public service podcast was a little protracted.

But like the pair of old pros that we are, we settled into a discussion about 1996. That particular year turned out to be quite a full-on period for the band, both individually and collectively. What with label changes, live albums, aborted musicals and moments of genius (well, ice-cream genius) it was quite a ride.

On top of that, it was a fun-packed few days of diary as well - talc, top hats, bath robes, insomnia and meeting the son of THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN THE WORLD.

By the time the tape had been rolling for nearly an hour I am not sure we had made much actual progress, but Ant reckons I had digressed beautifully. Hmm...

Hugs 'til you're purple,

h x

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About the Podcast

The Corona Diaries
Steve Hogarth
Lead singer of Marillion, father, hippy, punk, soul singer, progressive rockstar (wtf!), defender of the faith, voice of reason in a world gone crazy...

...and now podcaster.

Join me as I talk about my life and what is rambling around in my head.

Along the way I will focus on some of the stories that have shaped my career and my life, as well as reading from my diaries and offering my take on the wider world.

Stay safe,


P.S I began this journey just as CoVid-19 took hold and changed our lives, possibly forever, so it seems apt to reference that in the naming of the podcast.
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About your hosts

Steve Hogarth

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Lead singer/songwriter Marillion since 1989. 14 studio albums. Previously with How We Live and The Europeans in the 80's.
Teller of stories from an incident-prone life, citizen of the world, lover of all peoples, imperfect human being, voice of reason in a world gone crazy.

Anthony Short

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I have been tinkering with audio since my mid-teens, recording songs & producing content for friends.

Post university I embraced the world of retail, firstly in supermarkets and later in & around the music instrument industry.

After 20 years or so, I took a sideways step into podcasting and began a venture called ashortstories, which helps in the development & production of podcasts for anyone that has a story to tell.