Marillion emerged from the short-lived modern rock renewal of the very early '80s to become one of the most enduring cult acts of the era. The team formed in Aylesbury, England, in 1979, and embraced its original name, Silmarillion, from the title of a J.R.R. Tolkien book. At first, Marillion were comprised of guitar player Steve Rothery, bassist Doug Irvine, keyboardist Brian Jelliman, and drummer Mick Pointer, however after tape-recording "The Web," an instrumental demo, they recruited singer Fish (born Derek Dick) and bassist Diz Minnitt. Prior to tape-recording their debut single, "Market Square Heroes," keyboardist Mark Kelly and bassist Pete Trewavas replaced Jelliman and Minnitt.