This article is from the Douglas Adams FAQ, by Nathan Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Marvin was a (UK) pop-star. He not only had a number of singles released,
but he even appeared on "Top of The Pops" (BBC's rather popular pop-music
Entry from the Guinness "British Hit Singles" book (verbatim):
MARVIN the PARANOID ANDROID
UK, Robot 4 wks
16 May 81 MARVIN Polydor POSP 261 .......... 53 4 wks
#There were two singles: 'Marvin' and 'Reasons to be Miserable'. The B-sides
#were 'Metal Man' and 'Marvin I Love You'. The 'Reasons to be
#Miserable'/'Marvin I Love You' single was actually a 'double B-Side'.
#(Disclaimer: I think I've matched the flipsides to the right A-sides, but I
#could be wrong!) As a point of interest, "Reasons tot be Miserable" was
#almost certainly a parody of "Reasons to be Cheerful" by Ian Dury and the
I've no idea how easy it would be to get these on the Vinyl collectors
market nowadays, very hard indeed I would presume. I've no idea
whether or not the recordings are still available in some other
format, but I somehow doubt it - sadly unless polydor & friends can be
persuaded to release the copyright most hikerholics will never get to
hear Marvin singing...
*As a last resort, you might try locating some of the Marvin songs on
*a Dr. Demento compilation.