Marion are an English rock band, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire. They became connected to the Britpop music scene, appearing on the Britpop Now BBC television special. Influenced by local stars like Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Smiths, they were hailed as possible successors to The Smiths, but never achieved the success predicted for them, falling prey to the so-called "curse of Morrissey" (by which Morrissey's praise and support for young bands are said to be fatal). They split up in 1999.
In 2006, Harding and Phil Cunningham recruited a new set of musicians and reformed the band. They started working on new material, having played their first live gig together as Marion in more than seven years on April 1, 2006 in Bath. They followed this up with sold-out shows in Manchester and London in September 2006.
As of September 2011, Marion have reformed again - with Jaime and Phil joined by Tony Grantham and Julian Phillips from the original line-up.