a short site about The Divine Comedy

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a short site about The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon.

Neil Hannon is a singer, lyricist, composer and musician and he produces his records. He also owns his label: Divine Comedy Records. He worked with Tom Jones and Keane, to cite a few, and wrote songs for Ute Lemper or Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Neil Hannon created The Divine Comedy as a indie band in the late 80s. After an album, the band split up shortly. In 1993, Neil Hannon keep the name The Divine Comedy to release Liberation. From that time on, The Divine Comedy was to be a concept led by one man, though sometimes involving many musicians.

In 1996, the single Something For The Weekend, taken from the album Casanova, unexpectedly raised The Divine Comedy up into the British charts.

Neil Hannon claims influence by Electric Light Orchestra, Scott Walker, Jacques Brel, Kurt Weil, U2, REM or even Michael Nyman. Neil's songs are famous for their irony as well as their baroque orchestration and have influenced Rufus Wainwright, Duke Special, The Thrills, and Vincent Delerm and Yann Tiersen in France.

With the turn of the century, The Divine Comedy signed with Parlophone, under which label he released the albums Regeneration and Absent Friends. More recently, after leaving Parlophone, Neil Hannon redefined himself as a solo artist while he is not busy composing for theatre works. He also has enjoyed a new success with his new band The Duckworth Lewis Method co-founded with Irish musician Thomas Walsh.

a short site is an unofficial information database dedicated to the works of Neil Hannon, and partially works as an user-generated resource. Most of the pages are editable, meaning that anybody can easily add new content or improve what's already here, please read the FAQ for more information.


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今日はこの「山」でのぼくの最後の夜になるかもしれません。 そして明日は違う家で、新しい生活が始まるのです。 それを記念して、ここ数日、ずっと書きたかったことを書きます。 僕の誇りは汚されて、いつしか地に落ち、光が見えず、血に迷う毎日でした。 しかし、最近久々に彼の音楽を聴いて、忘れていた熱い気持ちが心に蘇ってきました。…
Neil Hannon au BSF: une divine comédie! – Branchés Culture

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Atom Latest updates (07/03/2016)

While a new Divine Comedy album is on its way, a short site has been updated with some little additions.
As always the chronology has been improved, and the discography completed; some biographies have been updated, and a few press articles have been added…

Also, we had a technical problem with registration e-mails not being sent to users of t-online.de. This issue has now been solved; and for anyone who tried to register, the activation e-mail shall be delivered by now (it can also be requested again via the registration page).

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