DOUBLE ENTENDRE

The story of Brave’s double end­ing.

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Marillion’s sixth al­bum re­mains the dark­est of their ca­reer, and of the 1990s. but there was one un­ex­pected comedic influence that shaped at least part of it: monty Python.

the vinyl ver­sion of the al­bum fea­tures a ‘se­cret’ end­ing. where the orig­i­nal record pulled it­self out of the dark­ness with the up­lift­ing al­bum closer made again, a hid­den sec­ond groove fea­tured an al­ter­na­tive end­ing with six min­utes of lap­ping wa­ter sounds, sug­gest­ing the main char­ac­ter had jumped from the bridge.

“that was my idea,” says mark Kelly. “and like all good ideas, it was stolen. i’d had a copy the monty Python match­ing tie and hand­ker­chief when i was a kid, which had a double groove – you put the nee­dle down and you didn’t know which jokes you were go­ing to get.”

the band en­listed the tal­ents of ge­orge ‘Porky’ Peck­ham, the leg­endary record­ing en­gi­neer who was fa­mous for etch­ing mes­sages into the run-out grooves of the al­bums he had worked on. Peck­ham had in fact cut the double end­ing on the monty Python al­bum.

“ba­si­cally, he had to cut it by hand,” says Kelly. “he’d cut one slightly wider groove with one end­ing, then cut in the al­ter­na­tive end­ing in the spi­ral be­tween it.”

and which end­ing does Kelly pre­fer? “oh, i do like the orig­i­nal end­ing, the one where she sur­vives. i like what hap­pens mu­si­cally with the other end­ing, but it might be a bit too dark af­ter you’ve sat through all this doom and gloom.”

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