DIVINE COMEDY

"Something for the Weekend"


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

The Divine Comedy is a band from Northern Ireland, formed and fronted by Neil Hannon. It started more or less as a regular band, but now it has more or less turned into a pseudonym for Hannon as a solo artist. The music has been described as chamber music, and the classical inspiration is obvious on many songs; on the other hand some albums could just as well be described as Brit-pop.

Ten studio albums have been released so far under the Divine Comedy name. The group achieved their greatest commercial success in the years 1996-99, during which they had nine singles that made the UK Top 40, including the top ten hit "National Express". The tenth Divine Comedy album, Bang Goes the Knighthood, was released on 31 May 2010.

In 2010 joined Thomas Walsh, from the Irish band Pugwash, to create a cricket themed pop album under the name The Duckworth Lewis Method. Wheter this colaboration will be a one-off remains to be seen. The first album was great and has been well-received.


Sources: Wikipedia and album notes.

Band Members:

Neil Hannon: Born, 7 November 1970, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Vocals, guitar, piano

Simon Little: Born 1980, London. Bassist

Stuart Bates: Hammond organ



Discography:


1. Fanfare for the Comic Muse - 1990

Tracks:
1. Ignorance Is Bliss / 2. Indian Rain 3. Bleak Landscape / 4. Tailspin / 5. The Rise and Fall / 6 . Logic vs Emotion / 7. Secret Garden
Rating :


2. Liberation - 1993

Tracks:
1. Festive Road / 2. Death of a Supernaturalist / 3. Bernice Bobs Her Hair / 4. I Was Born Yesterday / 5 . Your Daddy's Car / 6. Europop / 7. Timewatching / 8. The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count / 9. Queen of the South / 10. Victoria Falls / 11. Three Sisters / 12. Europe by Train / 13. Lucy
Rating : 8


3. La Cigale 6-11-93

Tracks:
1. Bernice Bobs Her Hair / 2. Three Sisters / 3. I Was Born Yesterday / 4. Your Daddy's Car / 5. Life's What You Make It / 6. Europe by Train / 7. Lucy / 8. Jackie
Rating :


4. Promenade - 1994

Tracks:
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
Rating : 7


5. Casanova - 1996

Tracks:
1. Something for the Weekend / 2. Becoming More Like Alfie / 3. Middle-Class Heroes / 4. In and Out in Paris and London / 5. Charge / 6. Songs of Love / 7. The Frog Princess / 8. A Woman of the World / 9. Through a Long and Sleepless Night / 10. Theme From Casanova / 11. The Dogs and the Horses
Rating : 7


6. A Short Album About Love - 1997

Tracks:
1. In Pursuit of Happiness / 2. Everybody Knows / 3. Someone / 4. If... / 5. If I Were You / 6. Timewatching / 7. I'm All You Need
Rating : 7


7. Fin de siècle - 1998

Tracks:
1. Generation Sex / 2. Thrillseeker / 3. Commuter Love / 4. Sweden / 5. Eric the Gardener´/ 6. National Express / 7. Life on Earth / 8. The Certainty of Chance / 9. Here Comes the Flood / 10. Sunrise
Rating : 6


8. Regeneration - 2001

Tracks:
1. Timestretched / 2. Bad Ambassador / 3. Perfect Lovesong / 4. Note to Self / 5. Lost Property / 6. Eye of the Needle / 7. Love What You Do / 8. Dumb It Down / 9. Mastermind / 10. Regeneration / 11. The Beauty Regime
Rating : 8


9. Absent Friends - 2004

Tracks:
1. Absent Friends / 2. Sticks & Stones / 3. Leaving Today / 4. Come Home Billy Bird / 5. My Imaginary Friend / 6. The Wreck of the Beautiful / 7. Our Mutual Friend / 8. The Happy Goth / 9. Freedom Road / 10. Laika's Theme / 11. Charmed Life
Rating : 8


10. Victory for the Comic Muse - 2006

Tracks:
1. To Die a Virgin / 2. Mother Dear / 3. Diva Lady / 4. A Lady of a Certain Age / 5. The Light of Day / 6. Threesome / 7. Party Fears Two / 8. Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World / 9. The Plough / 10. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont / 11. Snowball in Negative
Rating : 8


11. The Duckworth Lewis Method - 2009

Tracks:
1. The Coin Toss / 2. The Age of Revolution / 3. Gentlemen and Players / 4. The Sweet Spot / 5. Jiggery Pokery / 6. Mason on the Boundary / 7. Rain Stops Play / 8. Meeting Mr Miandad / 9. The Nightwatchman / 10 / Flatten the Hay / 11. Test Match Special / 12. The End of the Over
Rating : 9


12. Bang Goes the Knighthood - 2010

Tracks:
1. Down in the Street Below / 2. The Complete Banker / 3. Neapolitan Girl / 4. Bang Goes the Knighthood / 5. At the Indie Disco / 6. Have You Ever Been in Love / 7. Assume the Perpendicular / 8. The Lost Art of Conversation / 9. Island Life / 10. When a Man Cries / 11. Can You Stand Upon One Leg / 12. I Like
Rating : 9



13. Sticky Wickets (The Duckworth Lewis Method) - 2013

Tracks:
1. Sticky wickets / 2. Boom Boom Afridi / 3. It’s Just Not Cricket / 4. The Umpire / 5. Third Man / 6. Chin Music / 7. Out In The Middle / 8. Line And Length / 9. The Laughing Cavaliers / 10. Judd’s Paradox / 11. Mystery Man / 12. Nudging And Nurdling
Rating : 7


14. Foreverland - 2016

Tracks:
1. Napoleon Complex / 2. Foreverland / 3. Catherine the Great / 4. Funny Peculiar / 5. The Pact / 6. To the Rescue / 7. How Can You Leave Me On My Own / 8. I Joined the Foreign Legion / 9. My Happy Place / 10. A Desperate Man / 11. Other People / 12. The One Who Loves You
Rating : 7



My Suggestion For a 2 CD 160 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. At the Indie Disco ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
2. Come Home Billy Bird ( Hannon ) Absent Friends
3. Gentlemen and Players ( Hannon/Walsh ) The Duckworth Lewis Method
4. Meeting Mr Miandad ( Hannon/Walsh ) The Duckworth Lewis Method
5. Our Mutual Friend ( Hannon ) Absent Friends
6. Test Match Special ( Hannon/Walsh ) The Duckworth Lewis Method
7. Everybody Knows ( Hannon ) A Short Album About Love
8. Down in the Street Below ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
9. National Express ( Hannon ) Fin de Siecle
10. Have You Ever Been in Love ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
11. Absent Friends ( Hannon ) Absent Friends
12. Mason on the Boundary ( Hannon/Walsh ) The Duckworth Lewis Method
13. Neapolitan Girl ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
14. Songs of Love ( Hannon ) Casanova
15. The Happy Goth ( Hannon ) Absent Friends
16. The Age of Revolution ( Hannon/Walsh ) The Duckworth Lewis Method
17. I Like ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
18. The Summerhouse ( Hannon ) Promenade
19. The Complete Banker ( Hannon ) Bang Goes the Knighthood
20. Lady of a Certain Age ( Hannon ) Victory for the Comic Muse
21. The Plough ( Hannon ) Victory for the Comic Muse
22. Pefect Lovesong ( Hannon ) Regeneration
23. Something for the Weekend ( Hannon ) Casanova
24. The Certainty of Chance ( Hannon/Talbot ) Fin de Siecle
25. Generation Sex ( Hannon ) Fin de Siecle
25. Charmed Life ( Hannon ) Absent Friends
26. Mother Dear ( Hannon ) Victory for the Comic Muse
27. Arthur C. Clarke's Mysteriuos World ( Hannon ) Victory for the Comic Muse
28. To die a Virgin ( Hannon ) Victory for the Comic Muse
29. Love What You Do ( Hannon ) Regeneration
30. The Umpire ( Hannon/Walsh ) Sticky Wickets
31. Third Man ( Hannon/Walsh ) Sticky Wickets
32. One in the Middle ( Hannon/Walsh ) Sticky Wickets
33. The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count ( Hannon ) Liberation
34. If ( Hannon ) A Short Album About Love
35. Bernice Bobs her Hair ( Hannon ) Liberation
36. Sticky Wickets ( Hannon/Walsh ) Sticky Wickets
37. Europop ( Hannon ) Liberation
38. If I Were You ( Hannon ) A Short Album About Love
39. Death of a Supernaturalist ( Hannon ) Liberation
40. I'm All You Need ( Hannon ) A Short Album About Love
41. The Lights Go Out All Over Europe ( Hannon ) Promenade
42. Lucy ( Hannon ) Liberation
43. Tonight We Fly ( Hannon ) Promenade
44. Bath ( Hannon ) Promenade
45. The Rescue ( Hannon ) Foreverland
46. Geronimo ( Hannon ) Promenade
47. Napoleon Complex ( Hannon ) Foreverland
48. Catherine the Great ( Hannon ) Foreverland

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - August 25 - 2013

100 A Short Album About Love - 1997
117 Fin de siècle - 1998
132 Absent Friends - 2004
157 Casanova - 1996
159 Promenade - 1994
182 Liberation - 1993
217 Regeneration - 2001
364 Victory for the Comic Muse - 2006
592 The Duckworth Lewis Method - 2009
734 Bang Goes the Knighthood - 2010
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August 16 - 2013 - "rateyourmusic.com"


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