a short site about The Divine Comedy

Q & A

Neil Hannon was born in 1970. He was brought up in Enniskillen, and attended Portora Royal School. He formed The Divine Comedy in 1989, but after the 1992 release of the EP Europop, they went their separate ways. Hannon continued to write songs, teamed up with other musicians and composers, and kept the band’s name. The Divine Comedy are performing in David Bowie’s Meltdown 2002 on June 17 at the South Bank. He is married with one child.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting on my sofa with my wife and dog, watching a grand prix, while eating Sunday lunch.

What is your greatest fear?
That anything awful should happen to any member of my family.

With which historical figure do you most identify?
Henry VI. He didn’t like war either.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Inability to spell.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A lack of imagination.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
When I realised that “How old are you?” was not the best way to start a conversation with Simon Le Bon.

What makes you depressed?

What is your greatest extravagance?
A secret door in my flat.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My sticky-out ears.

What is your favourite smell?
Wet dog.

What is your favourite word?

What is your favourite fantasy?
Carving the Quorn fillet on Christmas Day for my 18 grandchildren in an enormous oak-panelled dining room, with a tree, a real fire and five dogs sleeping beside it.

Should the royal family be scrapped?
Of course.

Do you believe in monogamy?

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Órla, my wife.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Physical strength.

What is your greatest regret?
That I didn’t learn French in school.

Do you believe in life after death?

How would you like to be remembered?
As a bloody good songwriter.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t think, just do.

Rosanna Greenstreet
The Guardian 06/15/2002