Clutching at Straws is the fourth studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1987. It was the last album with lead singer Fish, who left the band in 1988, and is a concept album.
Although Clutching at Straws did not achieve the sales of its predecessor, the number one album Misplaced Childhood, spending 15 weeks on the UK album chart (the shortest chart residency of any of Marillion's first four studio albums), it was still an immediate commercial success, becoming the second highest charting Marillion album by entering the chart at number two. It produced three UK Top 40 singles: "Incommunicado", "Sugar Mice" and "Warm Wet Circles".
The album has received critical acclaim, being listed in Q magazine's "50 Best Recordings of the Year", it has been described by AllMusic as an "unheralded masterpiece", and Rolling Stone placed it at number 37 in its countdown of the "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". In 1999, a 2-CD 'Remastered Version' with additional B-sides and demos was released, including detailed liner notes from all of the original members including Fish.
Label: Parlophone 0190295605223
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Style: Symphonic Rock
A1 Hotel Hobbies
A2 Warm Wet Circles
A3 That Time Of The Night (The Short Straw)
B1 Going Under (Including Guitar Solo)
B2 Just For The Record
B3 White Russian
C2 Torch Song
C3 Slàinte Mhath
D1 Sugar Mice
D2 The Last Straw/Happy Ending