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Neil Hannon 2004

The Divine Comedy Biography

Over the years, The Divine Comedy has encompassed other musicians, but the driving force of the band and its main, sometimes only member has always been Neil Hannon; Hannon was born in Londonderry, NORTHERN IRELAND, on November 7, 1970; at the age of 18, he and two Enniskillen school friends needed a new name for their band and Hannon spotted a copy of Dante's epic poem on the family bookshelf. It stuck and a year later it was the name under which the trio signed to Irish run indie Setanta Records.

Relocating to London, the trio released a mini-album, 1990's "Fanfare For The Comic Muse" and one EP titled "Europop" before calling it quits a year later. Hannon's bandmates went to university and he returned home.
Retaining the name, he spent 18 months living in his parents' attic and writing songs for what would eventually became The Divine Comedy's first full-length album: "Liberation".

"Victory For The Comic Muse" is the ninth album from The Divine Comedy. Not to be confused with the band's debut album, this CD was released in June 2006 and yet again showcases Hannon's uncanny knack of being able to marry evocative, character-based lyrics and orchestral flourishes into a winning Pop formula; the 11-track set includes the single "Diva Lady".


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  • The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon mid 90s The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon mid 90s
    Neil Hannon 1996