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Dublin, Ireland (1989 – present)

The Divine Comedy is a baroque pop band now based in Dublin, Ireland, fronted by Neil Hannon.

Neil Hannon, Originally from Derry, has been the only ever-present member of the band, being its founder in 1989 when he was joined by John McCullagh and Kevin Traynor. Their first album, the heavily R.E.M.-influenced and now-deleted Fanfare for the Comic Muse, enjoyed little success though. A couple of equally unsuccessful EPs - Timewatch (1991); Europop (1992) - were to follow, with newly-recruited member John Allen handling lead vocals on some tracks. After the commercial failure of the latter EP, this line-up soon fell apart.

Hannon, however, was not deterred in his efforts and re-appeared in 1993 with Liberation. Featuring a fairly diverse musical outlook that goes from the tongue-in-cheek synth pop of Europop(nearly unrecognisable from the previously-released version) to the classical stylings of Timewatching.

Indeed, it was only some minor success in France that really enabled Hannon to proceed to his second effort Promenade. Released in 1994, this was heavily driven by classical influences, with Michael Nyman’s stylings clearly an influence. Hannon himself acknowledged this when he apparently sent a copy of his new album to the composer, jokingly asking him not to sue. Essentially a concept album about a day spent by two lovers, it also received similar critical acclaim to that which Liberation was afforded. Commercial success, though, was not forthcoming.


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  • innerspeaker

    V Might matter to Neil's bank balance though.

    30 Mar 10:45pm Reply
  • middlepunch

    @XDRory even if Neil only had one listener and that was you, as long as you like the music and it means something to you then it doesn't matter how many other people listen to him.

    17 Mar 11:40pm Reply
  • CountElvis

    Any word on a new album?

    16 Mar 9:34pm Reply
  • XDRory

    The small number of listeners is saddening.

    10 Feb 5:28pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    одна из лучших групп 90-х, в первой тройке у меня точно

    5 Feb 4:31am Reply
  • iagomelo2

    Muito bom, caramba! WHAT A DISCOVERY!

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IsaaBrisa


    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    King of tongue-in-cheek ironic song-characters

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Father_Of_Raul

    Would love to hear a new TDC album this year! [5]

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Mozzerella10 - Are you really as thick as you appear or are you trolling?

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • joyeuxNoel_11


    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Neil Walker

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • aasdfasf close enough i suppose

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • endote

    Would love to hear a new TDC album this year! [4]

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • fredricdafly

    His picture and Scott Walker's are hilariously similar right now.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    The Irish Rock League is waiting for your votes to decide the next winners!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Shaaaaaark

    to be honest, it's awful

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Osilu

    Tonight seeing Barbra Streisand at the Oscars singing The Way We Were, make me realize how much I would like to see Neil's rendition of the song and of course: Would love to hear a new TDC album this year! [4]

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    Mozzarella10, it must be awful to live in this world unable to grasp the concept of irony <---- Even though the song isn't serious and the narrator is supposed to be an asshole, there are still people who actually think like him. It wasn't written in a vacuum.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • lfsc25

    Would love to hear a new TDC album this year! [3]

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
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