a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Commuter Love

Orchestrally and operatically-enhanced tribute to unspoken obsession from Robber’s new bestest friend.

Neil Hannon: “That was recorded in Twickenham and Barnes last September. There’s a guest appearance by Hilary Summers, an amazing contemporary opera singer. It’s about this bloke who sees this woman he fancies on the train platform every morning when he goes to work. He doesn’t try to make contact in reality because it means the relationship can stay purely within the realms of fantasy. It’s meant to be a comment on the general lack of community and alienation… woooh! It kind of comes from my habit of ogling chicks on the tube, melancholic but yearning. A big, solid album track that in no way constitutes a filler.”

Select 12/1998