a short site about The Divine Comedy

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Recent updates

10/09/2019, Anniversary updates


30 years ago a young teenager in Northern Ireland had just left school where he mainly spent his day dreaming about being a pop star. He’d come up with a rock band, call it The Divine Comedy without knowing what it meant… A few decades later he has become an accomplished musician and songwriter, and the name The Divine Comedy has been associated with many styles.

To celebrate the 30 years of Neil Hannon’s prolific works, a short site will offer many updates on The Divine Comedy’s career, retrospective analysis, and discuss on what may happen for the anniversary.

To start with, the discography is now up-to-date with the recent releases, including the latest album Office Politics and its complete charts positions, as well as all the recent compilations and covers published by various artists and labels.
Unfortunately most of the recent lyrics haven’t been added onto the site yet. This is actually pure laziness and there is no good excuse to justify, but we remind that a short site is a collaborative website where anyone can contribute.
On the other hand, the Tabs and Score section has been updated following the recent shutdown of the TDCmusic.co.uk website (Richard said he was okay with his works being hosted since he stopped maintaining his site 10 years ago).

Last but not least, the band’s biography has been revised, to sum up what Neil Hannon has been up over the recent years, as well as all the information on the collaborators featured on the latest Divine Comedy albums.


07/03/2016, Website updates and T-online issue solved

While a new Divine Comedy album is on its way, a short site has been updated with some little additions.
As always the chronology has been improved, and the discography completed; some biographies have been updated, and a few press articles have been added…

Also, we had a technical problem with registration e-mails not being sent to users of t-online.de. This issue has now been solved; and for anyone who tried to register, the activation e-mail shall be delivered by now (it can also be requested again via the registration page).


18/12/2014, a short site: 2014 contributions

With the New Year coming in, it is time to sum up the various updates that have been done to a short site over the last few months.

First of all, the chrononlogy from the beginning to 1996 has been completely reviewed. It is now more accurate with the complete tour dates in France for the Liberation and Promenade tours; and some testimonies.

The commissioned works have been updated, including some soundtrack for Irish and British television series.

The list of cover versions has also been completed with releases from bandcamp, as well as a couple of 2014 albums.
And the compilations list has been updated with many more releases from 1990 to December 2014.

We try to add the maximum of information for each release, or event. However, it is a slow task to do so; and we remind that it is possible to any visitor of the site to contribute, complete or correct the website by clicking on the Edit tab on the top right corner of each page. It is also possible to just leave a comment by clicking on the Talk tab.

We wish a happy 2015 with hopefully a comeback of The Divine Comedy to the scene.


03/07/2014, Exclusive competition for Divine Comedy / Burt Bacharach night in Fourvière


On July 14th, The Divine Comedy will opening the stage for Burt Bacharach at the ancient theatre of Lyon as part of the Nuits de Fourvière.

On this occasion, a short site offers 5 pairs of tickets for this special evening.

To enter, all you need to do is to answer those two questions:
  • Which hit composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David was covered by The Divine Comedy in 1996?
  • Which other classic track, still written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was also covered by The Divine Comedy with Ben Folds during a shared tour?
We will select 5 winners from the correct answers submitted before July 11th to this address: concours@ashortsite.com. Please include your first and last names, and we will contact the winners on July 12th.

Good luck!

Important information: the winners will have to collect the tickets at the Théâtre de Fourvière, on July 14th at the opening hour, 18:00 (local time), a photo identification may be required. a short site and Nuits de Fourvière won’t cover any additional cost related to the competition (transport, hotel, …). If the event is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, a short site and Nuits de Fourvière won’t give any compensation prize.


25/08/2013, New discography, personnel biographies and more!

Following the recent release of The Duckworth Lewis Method’s Sticky Wickets, we have updated the biographies, discographies and lyrics with the new album and its two singles as well as recent side-projects.

The discography has been re-conceived and shall bring you the information more efficiently. All credit notes of the discography have also been corrected and completed; now for most of the musicians you’ll be able to find detailed biographies.

A list of all the personnel who has been involved or collaborated with The Divine Comedy is also available, and will bring you a comprehensive overview of all the significant histories related to the band as well as the links between them.

And, last but not least, piano scores for ‘Assume The Perpendicular’ and ‘Going Downhill Fast’ (solo) have been added, in PDF and MIDI formats.


22/11/2012, New Captcha validation


Due to recent spam attacks on a short site, registration was temporary disabled last week.
This has now been fixed with a new registration page featuring an animated captcha validation.

Registering allows you to post on the forum and enables the wiki-feature of the site to edit and discuss any page of a short site.

If you have trouble to read a confirmation code during the registration, you can click on ‘Refresh confirmation code’ to build a new code. The aim of this validation is to block automatic registration used by spam robots; so if you’ve got any trouble registering, please contact us directly and we’d be pleased to help you.


02/10/2012, Update: Commissioned Works

A new section has been added to a short site: The Commissioned Works. This section gathers non-album works such as music for TV and films as well as recent drama and theatre works.
There you’ll find information about Swallows and Amazons or Sevastopol. Details and lyrics of the songs from the series The I.T. Crowd and Father Ted have also been added.

Moreover, detailed information about the known home recordings / demos of The Divine Comedy has been added. You’ll find there more about the development of the songs.
In addition to this, a section listing some of the gear used by the band over the years has recently been added thanks to many contributions.

And, a couple of new guitar tabs have been added thanks to Mathieu: ‘A Lady Of A Certain Age’ and ‘Bang Goes The Knighthood’.


26/08/2011, Promenade songbook


We are very excited to present the latest addition to a short site. The songs section has been updated to feature the complete scores of all Promenade album songs.

For each song, you can download a zip file featuring the scores in PDF format for one or every instruments, as well as a MIDI file:
  1. Bath
  2. Going Downhill Fast
  3. The Booklovers
  4. A Seafood Song
  5. Geronimo
  6. Don’t Look Down
  7. When The Lights Go Out All Over Europe
  8. The Summerhouse
  9. Neptune’s Daughter
  10. A Drinking Song
  11. Ten Seconds To Midnight
  12. Tonight We Fly

Or you can download a zip of all full scores in a single songbook PDF with the MIDI files.

Thanks go to the contributors, especially to Charlotte, Richard and Jon.

And, as a bonus, to celebrate the forthcoming tour of Swallows & Amazons, you can find the piano chords of ‘Like Robinson Crusoe’ as played by Neil Hannon during last year’s tour.

Note: the MIDI playback may differ from a computer to another, therefore you may not rely on them to rate the accuracy of the transcription.


15/06/2011, Lyrics update

a short site has recently seen its wiki pages updated. Lyrics pages for all released album titles and B-sides have been updated. These include lyrics for The Duckworth Lewis Method album, or the early October 1st EP.

In addition to this, the discography has been updated with the listing of compilations featuring the recent releases.


09/01/2011, New section: News in Brief

A new section has been added to a short site : the News in Brief. With this section, we share with you everyday recent or archived content from the Internet about The Divine Comedy. The news in brief link you to websites, blogs or forum that feature articles, interviews, reviews or just thought about The Divine Comedy.

The section has already been filled with archived links shared last year on a short forum or Facebook.

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