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.

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Come-back royal pour The Divine Comedy

28/06/2016, Come-back royal pour The Divine Comedy

Neil Hannon met fin à 6 ans de silence avec un nouveau single et un clip loufoque mettant en scène l’impératrice Catherine II.
The Divine Comedy met fin à six ans de silence : nouvel album et tournée en France cet automne | Pixbear

28/06/2016, The Divine Comedy met fin à six ans de silence : nouvel album et tournée en France cet automne | Pixbear

Pour son grand retour, The Divine Comedy ne fait pas les choses à moitié. Neil Hannon et ses camarades sortiront non seulement leur nouvel album Foreverland à la rentrée mais ils embarqueront également pour une énorme tournée en France. Une dizaine de villes seront visitées avec en point de mire deux concerts prévus l’année prochaine au Théâtre des Folies Bergère (Paris). Cerise sur le gâteau, le single Catherine The Great vient d’être dévoilé.


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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