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Grant Gordon

Grant Gordon joined The Divine Comedy as drummer at the time of the recording of Casanova. Before that Grant was a school friend of Joby Talbot and they used to play in a prog rock band called ‘Strawberry Blue’ covering Deep Purple and Cream songs. After losing touch for a while, they met again in a wedding in 1994 where Joby mentions The Divine Comedy. After listening to Promenade, Grant is asked to join the band as a drummer. “I said I’d be much more interested in playing the bass as I’m much better at the bass. But Neil had already recruited his old schoolfriend Bryan to be bassist, so I said “Ok I’ll play the drums”. Me, Neil and Joby had a jam and that was it.”

One of his first experience with the band was the recording of ‘The Dogs And The Horses’ in Abbey Road Studio 2 with a 40-piece orchestra and wearing nothing but a Hawaiian shirt and surf shorts. [1] He subsequently toured with the band until mid-1996 when he unfortunately broke his elbow when playing football. He was then replaced by Miggy Barradas.

After that, he still played music, as a guitarist with the band Moo, Analog, and later Sparker.

He has also a career of his own and released several records: Calendar (2000); Clever Monkey (2001); the concept album Century (2002) and ...why aren’t we screaming...? (2003) as I, Thalamus; Work as Staff; and Wild West. More recently, Grant has produced a couple of rock-operas, Century and Requiem. Grant also plays on some of the works of his wife, composer Donna McKevitt.

Grant has also a journalist background: working for TV shows, lecturing on Reality TV, producing radio documentaries for the BBC - including the ‘Berlin: Soundz Decadent’ documentary - as well as audio-visual material for BBC News in India and Vietnam. In 2012 he published his first book Cobras In The Rough about playing golf in India.

[1] Grant Gordon’s biography at Peoplesound