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The Marked
Origin St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Genres Gothic rock
New Wave
Years active 1985–1988
Associated acts The Smashing Pumpkins, Coat of Eyes, Wesley Willis Fiasco
Former members
Billy Corgan
Greg Bates
Dale Meiners
Ron Roesing

The Marked were an American gothic rock/new wave band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1985. The band is notable as being the previous band of The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.


The Marked traces its origins to 1983, when Billy Corgan met Greg Bates outside of teen nightclub Medusa's. Corgan and Bates, both vocalists and guitarists, began writing songs and soon formed a band, Coat of Eyes. Two years later, the band was expanded to include bassist Dale Meiners and drummer Ron Roesing. Jim Marcus also contributed to a few songs.

In 1985, Corgan graduated high school and decided to pursue music full-time. Fearful of a cold reception in their native Chicago, the band, minus Greg Bates, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and renamed themselves The Marked, after Corgan and Roesing's port-wine stains. The band were reported to have played around 20 shows in and around St. Petersburg before Meiners suddenly quit the band. Corgan and Roesing reluctantly returned to Chicago. The band continued, with Meiners briefly replaced by Len Ayala.

In 1987, Corgan devised the name Smashing Pumpkins and set about to start a new band. He met James Iha and, with Roesing, began playing as a three-piece with Corgan on bass. This lineup of Smashing Pumpkins produced one self-made and exceptionally rare demo tape, Nothing Ever Changes, before Roesing departed.


In 2000, The Marked reappeared in a lawsuit against Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins, Virgin Records America, and Modivational Films for breach of contract, breach of confidence, fraud and deceit, negligent misrepresentation, declaratory relief, constructive trust, and injunctive relief stemming from the use of a several clips of The Marked in the 1994 Smashing Pumpkins video Vieuphoria.

JM Productions (Jonathan Morrill) objected to the use of band footage taken from his documentary Video Marked.

Morrill was an associate of The Marked during its lifespan, and booked them their first and second performance club dates at the Act IV (Tampa), Jannus Landing, and American Stage shows in St. Petersburg Corgan stayed with Morrill temporarily during his time in Florida.

In court documents Morrill stated there were only two copies of Video Marked, which include videos for the songs "The Trance", "Scary Nuerotic Song", "Stained Glass Window" and others. Video Marked also includes footage of the band rehearsing.

Morrill claimed Corgan confiscated the backup tape without his permission, and was unaware of the content of Vieuphoria until 1999.

Morrill states he approached Corgan in 1996 about the release of "Video Marked" and other content but Corgan was apprehensive about any plans, citing the quality of available materials. Morrill also objected to the packaging of the video which advertised "super secret material shot by the band" yet failed to credit his work.

Morrill produced, without charge of any kind, many music videos for The Marked.

Morrill filmed, directed, conceived, and edited music videos for the Marked songs "Stained Glass Window" (featuring Corgan as a grave digger, Roesing as an escaped lunatic, and Meiners as a priest), "Scary Neurotic Song" (filmed in Morrills's living room), "The Trance" (shot at The Act IV), "Anima Animus" (shot at The American Stage), "Passion to Despise", "The Dream" and "Pelican".

The case, Morrill v. The Smashing Pumpkins (157 F. Supp. 2d 1120), was resolved when the court granted the Smashing Pumpkins' motion for summary judgment on Morrill's claims of copyright infringement, fraud and deceit, and breach of confidence.

However, it is a fact that the editor(s) of Vieuphoria used several sequences from Morrill's documentary Video Marked, without giving any compensation or credit to Morrill.

In spite of the lawsuit, Morrill insists there was no animosity towards Corgan, and that the lawsuit was a David and Goliath scenario, and Morrill just wanted fair compensation for his work.

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