a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

UK / Ireland

From 1990 to 1999, Setanta was the label to which The Divine Comedy was signed. However - aside from mail-order only releases - distribution was ensured by other companies. First in 1990 Fanfare... was distributed by York company APT. Then in 1991/1992 distribution was ensured by Bristol’s Revolver. While in 1993 Setanta had a brief distribution deal with EMI, both APT and Revolver merged and became Vital in 1994 who distributed the records since then.

Of course some items targeted to the British market were also available in other countries on importation, or were redistributed through other labels. This was the case in France in 2000 with Poplane (a former indie label) which redistributed Setanta collectors which were not edited at Labels (A Short Album... boxed sets, A Secret History books).

From 1999 to 2006, The Divine Comedy were signed with Parlophone Records. Parlophone is a branch of EMI, which means it can afford to distribute discs itself in the UK, whereas the same discs are distributed abroad by other branches of EMI, without always being reprinted.

Promotional CDs, usually targeted for radio stations, magazines and newspapers, were distributed through Alan James PR.

BMG was The Divine Comedy’s publisher between 1998 and 2006. It owns rights on the lyrics and the music (contrary to labels, which own the recordings). However for promotion needs, BMG has released discs featuring Divine Comedy tracks.