a short site about The Divine Comedy

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a short site about The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy is Neil Hannon.

Neil Hannon is a singer, lyricist, composer and musician and he produces his records. He also owns his label: Divine Comedy Records. He worked with Tom Jones and Keane, to cite a few, and wrote songs for Ute Lemper or Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Neil Hannon created The Divine Comedy as a indie band in the late 80s. After an album, the band split up shortly. In 1993, Neil Hannon keep the name The Divine Comedy to release Liberation. From that time on, The Divine Comedy was to be a concept led by one man, though sometimes involving many musicians.

In 1996, the single Something For The Weekend, taken from the album Casanova, unexpectedly raised The Divine Comedy up into the British charts.

Neil Hannon claims influence by Electric Light Orchestra, Scott Walker, Jacques Brel, Kurt Weil, U2, REM or even Michael Nyman. Neil's songs are famous for their irony as well as their baroque orchestration and have influenced Rufus Wainwright, Duke Special, The Thrills, and Vincent Delerm and Yann Tiersen in France.

With the turn of the century, The Divine Comedy signed with Parlophone, under which label he released the albums Regeneration and Absent Friends. More recently, after leaving Parlophone, Neil Hannon redefined himself as a solo artist while he is not busy composing for theatre works. He also has enjoyed a new success with his new band The Duckworth Lewis Method co-founded with Irish musician Thomas Walsh.

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Le plus souvent, on s’en fout si un acteur est techniquement « bon », si un groupe est virtuose, ou si un peintre n’imite pas automatiquement Raphael. Parce que ce qui compte, c’est ce moment précis où les artistes font se toucher les deux saintes courbes - celle où leur oeuvre rend l’identification possible et celle de la beauté esthétique - et créent « l’émotion juste ». Même si c’est rare et que ça dure une seconde, le truc te fout toujours en l’air… Neil Hannon, lui, il réédite cet exploit sur quasiment chaque chanson de Divine Comedy. La chiale 8000. Bon courage.
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Atom Latest updates (13/11/2020)

Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time has been a major update to the discography of The Divine Comedy! In addition to the listings of all the reissues and the new tracks, some important changes have been brought to the website discography.
For each discographic page the header has now been split in two with the tracklisting on the left, and the formats on the right. For the main releases, the links to the different editions have been moved to that place as well.
More details have been given about the digital formats, which now give clues on where to find the best available quality for any release.
Since a lot of chart information have been added too (archives from the UK Indie charts, Scottish charts), the history tables have now been moved to a pop-up as for the credits.
And as well as the new releases, a lot of more obscure releases have been added, such as Betacam promo videos or BBC transcription CDs…

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