The Divine Comedy : Paris Hippodrome De Longchamp

The Divine Comedy : Paris Hippodrome De Longchamp

"I'm sorry we're late. The PA blew up, then the PA blew up again. Then the PA blew up." It's a good job Neil Hannon, onetime foppish lothario now introspective bookish rocker behind The Divine Comedy , loves what he does. After braving pouring...

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Divine Comedy : Bad Ambassador

Divine Comedy : Bad Ambassador

It's somehow refreshing to know that some bands will survive unchanged by the vagaries of fashion and musical development. Like recently toured Glaswegian faves Teenage Fanclub, the Comedy are always gonna have that secure fanbase that will love...

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Divine Comedy : Regeneration

Divine Comedy : Regeneration

Neil Hannon has never been one to shy away from the grand gesture. His previous, 1998 album (The Divine Comedy's last for an indie label) was called 'Fin De Siècle'; now a new millennium brings the equally confidently titled major label...

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Divine Comedy : Love What You Do

Divine Comedy : Love What You Do

The man previously affected by what diminutive TV nutjob Gary Coleman would once have termed 'a severe case of show-offitis' returns, married and hirsute, but far less sanguine. Because for Neil Hannon, it's no more Mr Nice Guy. Get behind thee,...

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The Divine Comedy: Edinburgh Liquid Room

The Divine Comedy: Edinburgh Liquid Room

If the almost universal scorn heaped upon the wonderful 'Velvet Goldmine' signified anything, it was that, in these desperately conservative times, anything smacking of 'pretension', would not be tolerated. In 2001 the Bloke is king, whereas the...

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The Divine Comedy: Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre

The Divine Comedy: Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre

"Tonight we're going to play mainly songs from our new record. In fact, we're going to play all the songs from our new record, and you will like it," Neil Hannon firmly announces. And with tonight's audience made up largely of The Divine Comedy's...

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Edinburgh Liquid Room

Edinburgh Liquid Room

His little nose buried in weighty philosophical tomes, his tousled head abuzz with grand, theatrical designs, Neil Hannon was always the scholarly wild card of the Britpop pack. While fellow fop-pop envoy Jarvis Cocker 's schtick has, at...

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Divine Comedy : Gin soaked boy

Divine Comedy : Gin soaked boy

"Drat it and fish hooks," thought Hannon as he scurried across Main Quad towards the Junior Dorm. "I've made an awful bish of this pop lark. A beastly rotten bish." His sandals crunching on the gravel, he was just a blur of clever reference...

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A Secret History

A Secret History

You can take him anywhere, Neil Hannon . Pretty manners. Impeccable wit. A sure way with the ladies. The latest word in gentleman's tailoring. A lightfooted spin around the dancefloor here, a glittering little bon mot there - what a pleasure it...

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London Brixton Academy

London Brixton Academy

There's a very fine line between love and wanting to garrotte someone with their own tie, and all things considered, Neil Hannon might want to try the casual, open-necked look next time out. This mole-like figure in the geometrically...

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