a short site about The Divine Comedy

I see myself as…

The Divine Comedian in his own words and by his own hand.

I describe myself as… a pale, emaciated, slightly eccentric Ulsterman, talented in one specific direction and hopeless in most others.

Music changed me… by giving me a role in life. I feel very lucky that I knew exactly what I wanted to do from an early age. I don’t suppose I’d do it at all if it weren’t for the fact that occasionally a piece of music completely affects you. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley crept up on me and I thought, oh my God, that’s brilliant!

When I’m not singing… I set on my sofa with my dog and watch episodes of Frasier. I try to amuse my daughter. Or try to amuse my wife.

When it comes to vices… smoking. Very bad for the vocal chords, yet somehow I still do it.

The last time I cried was… when I was listening to my daughter singing along to Hakuna Matata from the Lion King this morning. I cried with laughter.

The last time I was embarrassed was… the first time I’d done up to Graham Coxon. I told him he was a genius and how on earth do you come up with such amazing chord sequences? And he said, “I don’t know”.

My most treasured possession… is this Jeff Koons balloon-dog that’s cast in brass. It’s on top of the piano downstairs. Robbie Williams gave it to me, for my birthday, a while back!

The best book I’ve read is… this week I’ll say Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis. A rollercoaster ride of alcoholism and university silliness.

My regrets are… over the years occasionally I’ve had to move on and stop working with certain people. It always seems so harsh.

When we die… we gradually decompose and get eaten by worms and are one with the earth once again from whence we came.

I’d like to be remembered… as a decent chap who wrote some good tunes with semi-interesting lyrics.

Tessa Andrews
Mojo 07/2006