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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The Divine Comedy have just finished their UK & European tour promoting the album Office Politics.
To celebrate this, the chronology has been updated with all the details up to the latest Divine Comedy shows. It features all information regarding concerts, radio & TV session and interviews, important events, and even more!
It is the most comprehensive work ever done about Neil Hannon’s musical career covering everything he has done with The Divine Comedy and The Duckworth Lewis Method. More than 1400 entries have been added and documented to cover the latest decade. Actually, in the early 2010’s updating the DC chronology hasn’t been a priority since social media were providing timelines with a history of events. However, the ephemeral aspect of the online information has proven today the importance of such an independent archival project.

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