SOLO ALBUM // 1991

Internal Exile (“A Collection of a Boy’s Own Stories”) was Fish’s second solo album after leaving Marillion in 1988. The album, released 28 October 1991, was inspired by the singer’s past, his own personal problems and his troubled experiences with his previous record label EMI.

The album’s music reflects Fish’s indulgence in the vast regions of music that he wanted to explore as a solo artist; most notably Celtic music and folk styles. The album also has many concert staples such as “Credo”, “Tongues” and “Internal Exile” featuring on a number of Fish’s official bootleg recordings.


As on Vigil, Fish deals with themes important to him. The song “Internal Exile” speaks of his strong national pride and his desire for independence for Scotland. “Credo” is another song dealing with social problems and globalisation, echoing “State of Mind”, his first solo single.

1. Shadowplay (6:23)
2. Credo (6:40)
3. Just Good Friends (Close) (6:00)
4. Favourite Stranger (5:58)
5. Lucky (4:50)
6. Dear Friend (4:08)
7. Tongues (6:22)
8. Internal Exile (4:45)

Produced by Chris Kimsey.
Engineered by Thomas Stieler
Mixed by Chris Kimsey and Mark Stent
Recorded at Funny Farm Residential Recording Studios, East Lothian, Scotland
All lyrics by Derek W Dick, except Something In The Air by Speedy / Keen
Album cover concept – Derek W Dick
Original artwork illustration – Mark Wilkinson
Front cover photography – Kenneth Martin, Innerleithen
Cover design & artwork – Mark Stockdale
Management – John Cavanagh, Andy Field
Lead Vocal: Derek W Dick (FISH)
Keyboards: Mickey Simmonds
Guitars: Robin Boult & Frank Usher
Bass Guitar: David Paton
Drums & Percussion: Ethan Johns except Tongues & Internal Exile Ted McKenna
Male Backing Vocals: David Paton, Mr Crimson, Robin Boult
Female Backing Vocals: Maryen Cairns appear courtesy of Progressive Records
Fiddle on Internal Exile: Internal Exile Charlie McKerron appear courtesy of Survival Records
Whistles: Marc Duff appear courtesy of Survival Records
Box Accordian: Donald Shaw of Capercaillie appear courtesy of Survival Records

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