109 episodes

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,

h

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.

The Corona Diaries Steve Hogarth

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    • 4.9 • 207 Ratings

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,

h

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.

    Chapter 107. You can’t leave that sofa there mate.

    Chapter 107. You can’t leave that sofa there mate.

    Before we get down to business a big shout out to all of the Purples in general, and a couple of the Purples in particular.
    Firstly I have to say thank you for all the kind messages wishing me all the best for my birthday, you are very sweet as well as being bloody gorgeous.
    Secondly to Justin Beaney, and Peter Davies for wading into the whole Somewhere Else discussion with some juicy follow-up comments and observations. Ant and I had quite a rare ol' time riffing away on your questions - the weekend question is worth the cost of entry on its own.
    And whilst I am name dropping, thanks to Andy R for the Berlin memories and the inspiration for the Crooncast.
    Next stop Sweden...!
    h
    P.S And now I know what a side-chain really does.
    https://www.marillion.com/shop/corona/index.htm (TCD Merch Store)
    https://www.patreon.com/coronadiaries (Become Purple and support the show)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook01.htm (The Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook02.htm (The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014)
    https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamGenius/ (Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/stevehogarthonline/ (Instagram)
    http://www.stevehogarth.com/ (Website)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Chapter 106. That Tim B has a proper glow about him.

    Chapter 106. That Tim B has a proper glow about him.

    Chapter 106 has a real sense of climax, a feeling of crescendo if you prefer, as we build up themes from the Somewhere Else episodes to the pitch of fever.
    Firstly I take name-dropping to a whole new level, this is out-of-the-park stuff and you will know exactly what I mean when the moment arrives.
    Secondly, if you thought the Pugwash-inspired oceangoing crooncast was good, then look out... This week's, mention of Amazonian poison-dart frogs may well have inspired my Magnum Opus.
    And finally, this may be the best example of the post-diary chat being clearly undertaken by two blokes who hadn't actually read the diary entries in question, as we go on to repeat everything I had read out loud a moment earlier.
    Love'n'buffalo (they're bison really), and keep on croakin'
    h
    https://www.marillion.com/shop/corona/index.htm (TCD Merch Store)
    https://www.patreon.com/coronadiaries (Become Purple and support the show)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook01.htm (The Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook02.htm (The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014)
    https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamGenius/ (Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/stevehogarthonline/ (Instagram)
    http://www.stevehogarth.com/ (Website)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chapter 105. Channelling your inner Zammo...

    Chapter 105. Channelling your inner Zammo...

    We have had some rum old episode titles on TCD but I think this one - concocted during our ship-to-shore chat from "Cruise to the Edge" in the Caribbean - might take the cake.
    Ant and I were remembering a TV show from my youth called Grange Hill and at one point there was a storyline involving heroin addiction.
    Anyway the character involved ended up fronting a campaign against substance abuse, and the catchphrase was ‘just say no’ (in fact I think it ended up being a single??). So when I dropped that into conversation Ant immediately picked up on the fact that the character in Grange Hill was called Zammo and we were off…
    TBH I don’t understand how these things tend to happen on TCD, but I think we should just embrace the fact that we both seem to be dwellers of the left field (even when there isn't a field for hundreds of miles...).
    Love from the high seas... (they're low actually)
    h x
    P.S Aah Haaargh!
    https://www.marillion.com/shop/corona/index.htm (TCD Merch Store)
    https://www.patreon.com/coronadiaries (Become Purple and support the show)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook01.htm (The Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook02.htm (The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014)
    https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamGenius/ (Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/stevehogarthonline/ (Instagram)
    http://www.stevehogarth.com/ (Website)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chapter 104. Carry on and we're all f*cked

    Chapter 104. Carry on and we're all f*cked

    Where else could you go for in-depth album chat, geo-political analysis, piano resellers and the best of Sid and Babs.
    We turn our attention to Somewhere Else for 104 and begin a gentle stroll through the grounds of that particular project, before moving onto the Main House (probably via the servants entrance) over the next few episodes.
    Somewhere Else of course was the one that kicked off the arrangement that brought Mike into the Production Chair, and so this is the beginning of the story arc that brings us all to the present day.
    Lovely.
    h
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carry_On_(franchise) (The Carry On Films)
    https://www.marillion.com/shop/corona/index.htm (TCD Merch Store)
    https://www.patreon.com/coronadiaries (Become Purple and support the show)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook01.htm (The Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook02.htm (The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014)
    https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamGenius/ (Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/stevehogarthonline/ (Instagram)
    http://www.stevehogarth.com/ (Website)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Chapter 103. You will never see a solitary gnome.

    Chapter 103. You will never see a solitary gnome.

    Chapter 103 never really stood a chance. The fact that Ant hadn't really got a plan for the episode didn't help, but TBH I don't think it would have made much difference even if he had.
    Examine the evidence;
    After dodging it since the beginning, I finally succumbed to the inevitable. And whilst I am feeling pretty much OK it does mess with your head a little.
    As the red light went on, I was caught somewhere between a pot of emulsion and another bout of furniture erection.
    I don't need asking more than once to talk about one of my favourite ever purchases, and it's probably not what you think.
    I had spent the previous evening conversing with a drummer about his newly discovered love of Norse-Metal.

    I will try and do better next time. But I won't try hard.
    Love'n'those-two-unnerving-red-lines... (from a singer half-way home in Oberhausen.)
    h
    https://www.marillion.com/shop/corona/index.htm (TCD Merch Store)
    https://www.patreon.com/coronadiaries (Become Purple and support the show)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook01.htm (The Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997)
    http://marillion.com/shop/merch/hogarthbook02.htm (The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014)
    https://www.facebook.com/IceCreamGenius/ (Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/stevehogarthonline/ (Instagram)
    http://www.stevehogarth.com/ (Website)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chapter 102. He doesn't seem to be like the others...

    Chapter 102. He doesn't seem to be like the others...

    Greetings from Poland!
    Which reminds me, before we start, Ant and I were chatting and I was a little loose-lipped about the secret plans for songs and setlists for the three nights. SO if you are going to one of the remaining weekends and you want it be a surprise, then fast forward to about 07:30.
    Anyway welcome to 102, which I must say I am finding hard to describe, because it turned into 'one of those episodes' where we kind of just let it happen. So it's a mix of set-spoilers, guitar porn, beer on my back and sleep-deprived drummers.
    There's a dollop of diary and for the first time ever I have a crack at re-imagining one of the crooncasts (trust me it will be make sense).
    Happy Easter,
    h

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

glouc uk guy ,

Required listening

If you’re a fan of Marillion this is essential listening !

rand 2001 ,

Brilliant

Brilliant podcast. Steve Hogarth is a legend. Love this.

Phil - Sutton Coldfield ,

Amusing and interesting

A very well put together podcast.
I’m thought I’d give it a go - I’m a late arriver to the Corona Diaries. I read in article about them in the Marillion UK fan magazine and thought “why not?”
Glad I did - it’s an excellent combination of amusing anecdotes, with plenty of light hearted moments and some quite poignant ones.

And of course, every now and again those really interesting “really? - I didn’t know that!” moments. Recommended.

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