Made up of Ray Zell on Vocals, Dave Veal on Guitar, K.K. on Bass and Pig on Drums, Marionette were an explosion of noise, hairspray and bad influences in the mid 1980s London Glam Scene. The band were formed after K.K. and Pig left the first lineup of Babysitters to join Ray and Dave: in fact, the short careers of both bands started and ended together, with the last release to bear either bands name being a reissue of both of their debut albums, packaged together with a new shared catalogue number (this being with the exception of the compilation album “Rock Pretty,” which featured a song from Marionette.)
So what happened to the band? Was it the typical Rock N’ Roll stories of conflicting musical interests, was it perhaps drug or drink problems? Well, not quite: in fact, Ray Zell had his eggs in more than just one basket, as it were, and as such he was also making a living through contributions to Kerrang magazine, particularly a comic strip based on the character “Pandora Peroxide,” who was essentially the embodiment of the glam punk scene that he had formerly been a part of. As Zell’s contributions to Kerrang took up more and more of his time, it simply became unlikely that we’d ever see another Marionette album: as unfortunate as this is, it’s better than hearing a tale of yet another Rock Star dead before their time. If Marionette had to come to an end, there are many ways it could have gone much worse.
And besides, at the time of writing this Dave Veal is still playing music, currently in his band Chaos UK (which was in fact originally formed before Marionette, in 1978.) In many ways, Marionette aren’t gone at all, they just have separate interests.