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Veep writer Will Smith gives us a look at his record collection

Bookish and wordy, this Jersey boy turned The Thick Of It/Veep writer-comedian found a world of imagination in Marillion and became a rebel without a cause thanks to Dire Straits…

For me, prog starts with Marillion. Growing up in St Clement, Jersey, Clutching At Straws was my first Marillion record. I saw Lavender on Top Of The Pops and Fish had just lost his voice so instead of miming, he got the audience to sing. I was hugely into comedy at the time and I couldn’t believe there was a band with someone in them who looked so much like Mel Smith.


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