a short site about The Divine Comedy

Neil on the NME Awards

"Obviously, I'm not going to be worried by any possibility of an award or anything. In a way that's a relief. In another way I wish I was getting them all.

"This actually terrifies me because everywhere I look I know somebody but I don't remember their names.

"I think everyone's got to the bit they really came for, which is the schmoozing, which is the bit I really hate. I think everyone's too cool to say anything when they get an award, like thank you, and everybody in the audience is too cool to clap when they do get an award. The verve couldn't even be bothered to go up and get their bloody awards. Either you come, and you get the award, and you say cheers, or you don't come. It's just not polite. They need a damn good hiding.

"I was pleased Oasis didn't win anything, but why the hell didn't NME readers vote for me? I know you haven't got a memory longer than three months, but that's beside the point. No, hang on, maybe you better not that. Have I annoyed everybody enough there?"

Neil Hannon
NME 07/02/1998