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  The Divine Comedy - Biography - AOL Music
The Divine Comedy is the alias for Neil Hannon, a British pop singer/songwriter with aspirations of becoming a new wave fusion of Scott Walker, Morrissey, and Electric Light Orchestra.
Originally, the Divine Comedy was an R.E.M. -influenced guitar-driven trio, formed in Londonderry, Ireland, by Neil Hannon (vocals, guitar; born in Londonderry, Ireland, November 7, 1970), John McCullagh (bass), and Kevin Traynor (drums).
The Divine Comedy supported the final single with a tour with a 30-piece orchestra, culminating with a concert at Lond Shepherds Bush Empire, which provided the basis for the band's next album, A Short Album About Love.
music.aol.com /artist/the-divine-comedy/200229/biography   (793 words)

 The Divine Comedy (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Divine Comedy is a pop band from Northern Ireland fronted by Neil Hannon.
A serious side to the band was also in evidence in 2000's collaboration with Ute Lemper on her album Punishing Kiss, most of which featured The Divine Comedy as Lemper's backing band.
Hannon's ninth album under the Divine Comedy moniker, Victory for the Comic Muse (a reference to his debut), was released in June 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Divine_Comedy_(band)   (1677 words)

 Band Aid
At one level it means ''a band of musicians getting together to offer aid'' but, at another level, it is also an acknowledgement of the fact that such a gesture is like putting a sticking plaster on a gaping wound and does not address the full extent of the problem of world famine.
The Band Aid 20 single was first played simultaneously on the Chris Moyles show on BBC Radio One and the breakfast shows on Virgin and Capital radio at 8am on 16 November, 2004.
The Band Aid project inspired other charity records around the world including We are the World by USA for Africa in the USA, Nackt im Wind by Band für Afrika in Germany, Tears Are Not Enough by Northern Lights in Canada and many others.
www.artistopia.com /band-aid   (1714 words)

 The Divine Comedy
Though best know as frontman for the Divine Comedy, he also released several critically acclaimed albums during the 1990s as a solo artist.
He is the one consistent member of The Divine Comedy whose contributors are constantly changing, though some members like Joby Talbot have been a mainstay since 1994.
The Divine Comedy's album Casanova had a few top 20 singles in 1996 including "Something For The Weekend" and "Becoming More Like Alfie." A few years later, their well-received fifth album Fin De Siecle provided the band with the single "National Express" that went all the way to number 8 on the charts.
www.freewilliamsburg.com /march_2002/divine_comedy.html   (1341 words)

 Wikinfo | The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy, (in Italian "Comedia" or "Commedia", later christened "Divina" by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1307 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the greatest epic poem of Italian literature, and one of the greatest of world literature.
Gustave Dore's illustrations for the Comedy are widely used in modern editions.
The Divine Comedy is also the name of a pop band fronted by Neil Hannon.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=The_Divine_Comedy   (539 words)

 Divine Comedy Interview - Atomduster
The author of the original ‘Divine Comedy’, a poem for the ‘common reader’.
So it is on this positive note that I left The Divine Comedy preparing for their UK tour in a weeks time (first date; March 12th in Sheffield, with Wolverhampton and Cambridge following a few dates later on the 17th and 20th).
And Bryan coming to terms with the fact that he’ll be the achieving his penultimate year from 30 on the 6th of March, but hey, life’s a bitch and then you die and really it’s not so bad.
www.atomicduster.com /interviews/divinecomedy   (1319 words)

 The Divine Comedy Tour Dates & Tickets
Although the original band split up shortly after their second release, Neil continued as a singer/songwriter and released two more low-key albums in 1994, still under the name The Divine Comedy.
Since then The Divine Comedy have gone from strength to strength, known for their superb indie/folk tinged pop songs and innovative live performances.
Sorry - we don't have any The Divine Comedy tour dates listed in the UK at the moment, but we can send you an immediate email as soon as we hear of more.
www.ents24.com /web/artist/24471/The_Divine_Comedy.html   (219 words)

 RTE.ie Entertainment - Divine Comedy to split after tour
The Divine Comedy are to split after they complete their current European dates.
A spokesperson said, "The band are splitting but in essence the Divine Comedy has always been Neil Hannon." Adding, "The band have been working for six years with this line-up so it's very sad."
The Divine Comedy's UK and Irish leg of their current European tour begins at Glasgow Barrowlands on October 23.
www.rte.ie /arts/2001/1024/divinecomedy.html   (97 words)

 Band Aid (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The name 'Band Aid' was chosen as a pun on the name of a well known brand of sticking plaster, since it also refers to musicians working as a band to provide aid.
In 1986, the anarchist band Chumbawamba released the album Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records, as well as an EP entitled "We Are The World", jointly recorded with US band A State of Mind, both of which were intended as anti-capitalist critiques of the Band Aid/Live Aid phenomenon.
Band Aid's exploits were parodied in an episode of Futurama, where famous celebrities gather together for 'Bend Aid', a Live Aid-style event designed to help broken robots and South Park for 'Chef Aid'.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Band_Aid_(band)   (2054 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Absent Friends: Music: Divine Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
With Absent Friends the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon finally establishes himself as one of the finest songwriters of a generation.
Divine Comedy traditionalists will also welcome the return of tumbling string and orchestral movements that add so much depth and atmosphere to the songs.
Overall this is a decent album but it could've been better if Divine Comedy had pushed themselves a bit more and got rid of the bareness of certain tracks.
www.amazon.co.uk /Absent-Friends-Divine-Comedy/dp/B00014TJUC   (1504 words)

 Amazon.com: Absent Friends: Music: The Divine Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
I suppose that any other "band" would have had 5 stars for this very odd and deeply moving work, but Neil is such a one-off that he has to be judged agaist himself, really.
the band that i had initially fallen in love with, had drastically decided to change their style; going from charming and bombastic pop with a dramatic flair, to a more moody and slightly Radiohead-ish kind of sound.
Each of The Divine Comedy albums is touting the same basic influences (Scott Walker et al), but otherwise carrying a different style, tone, theme, and feel, and "Absent Friends" is no exception.
www.amazon.com /Absent-Friends-Divine-Comedy/dp/B0001Z36PK   (1901 words)

This particularly album focused on the seven band memebers as a whole, probably their finest effort since 1996's Casanova.
Sometime last year (I believe), I was leafing through the Boston Phoenix and said to myself, "I wonder if Divine Comedy will play TT the Bear's again sometime." Lo and behold, I turned the page, and you were listed, so I went, and I was happy.
The Divine Comedy are still in my top 10 bands of all time, so I have to show my support.
www.myspace.com /divinecomedyband5   (1106 words)

It is recommeneded that one purchases The Divine Comedy's "Regeneration" to complete one's life and to bring dreams of love and adventure.
Through The Divine Comedy's music there is a freedom of discovery of them, of ones self, of the music and a new era of taste and talent.
The Divine Comedy has been around for a while "I've got six, a lot to collect..." expressed Neil so modestly through the show, and luckily we are able to hear the select few from each album when going to The Divine Comedy's concerts.
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The incarnation of The Divine Comedy that made Victory For The Comic Muse ran, at peak, to 28 musicians.
At this larval stage, The Divine Comedy were earnest REM soundalikes in leather jackets, almost hilariously removed from the literate, witty sumptuous orchestral pop that the name would come to represent.
Another Divine Comedy crowd favourite in the making, A Lady Of A Certain Age sounds, Hannon concedes, like it might be a sequel to Peter Sarstedts Where Do You Go To My Lovely?, depicting an idle widow contemplating a gilded youth through a nostalgic cocktail haze.
www.myspace.com /thedivinecomedy   (2022 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - The Divine Comedy - the Band
The band's bassist, he went to the same school as Neil, but was in the year below.
Brother of Joby and mate of Bryan (Ivor also went to the same school as Neil, and was in a band with Bryan before The Divine Comedy), Ivor is the band's guitarist.
The band have been going for the last nine years, since Neil formed an indie band influenced by REM with two school mates.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A430174   (662 words)

 Victory for the Comic Muse - The Divine Comedy
Although having always performed under the banner of The Divine Comedy, the band is really a one man show; in the 30's it would have been Neil Hannon and his Orchestra.
Victory for the Comic Muse is a sly wink to the Divine Comedy's first release, Fanfare for the Comic Muse, an album that Hannon has always seemed keen to forget, despite there actually being a handful of quite nifty tunes even if it was a big leap from there to his trademark orchestral sound.
No Divine Comedy album would be complete without at least one grandiose epic and The Plough fills this role admirably with its rather improbable tale of accountancy, religious uncertainty and communist plots.
www.soundtrack-express.com /osts/victoryforthecomicmuse.htm   (691 words)

 CLUAS Indie Album Reviews: The Divine Comedy's album 'Regeneration'
Thankfully neither of those apply to Divine Comedy with their new release, their first for a major label following their defection from the former Irish indie loving Setanta label.
What the hell is going on?!" It's a perfect moment, and a wake up call for Divine Comedy 2001: he screams, the guitar kicks in and, not for the first time during the album's duration, the listener is reminded of Radiohead.
A different world than the one he inhabited when Divine Comedy were at their peak (after their breakthrough "Something For the Weekend" single and the rise of Britpop), but as he says you need a degree to see that something's wrong.
www.cluas.com /Music/albums/divinecomedy.htm   (913 words)

 The Divine Comedy: Absent Friends - review of The Divine Comedy's new album featuring Absent Friends
Since the days of their 1996 breakthrough album Casanova, with its surreal, campy mix of literate crooning and jaunty, orchestral pop, The Divine Comedy and the man at the helm, Neil Hannon have veered a bit off track.
From the decadent lothario he presented on Casanova, Hannon became more of a Noel Coward on Fin de Siecle, taking on the culture as a whole, still comically but at times so bombastically as to detach the cool from the camp.
In 2001 came Regeneration, with the band sounding as if they wanted to join up with the Radiohead followers of Coldplay and Travis.
www.plume-noire.com /music/releases/thedivinecomedy.html   (532 words)

 Carleton College: Gregory Blake Smith: The Divine Comedy of John Vernner
At the center of this novel is John Venner, a thirty-five-year-old doctor of divinity bedeviled by lustful longing for the last virgin in America.
For Venner, hurtling along the middle of life's road, the clean white sheets of heaven and the goatish delights of hell compete for his soul in a riotous struggle between the flesh and the spirit.
The Divine Comedy of John Venner is the tale of the search for paradise within the inferno of the human heart.
apps.carleton.edu /people/smith/novels/divine   (370 words)

 Divine Comedy, The
The public relations company responsible for The Divine Comedy, with news of what the band are doing.
A large interview by a student with Neil and Joby from The Divine Comedy.
London-based independent label housing The Divine Comedy, Edwyn Collins, Brian, The Frank and Walters and The Prayer Boat.
www.harmone.com /bands/d/divine_comedy_the.html   (221 words)

 The Divine Comedy @ Somerset House, London : gig review
What better act to open the 2006 series, then, than The Divine Comedy, a band for whom the word refined seems as apt a description as any.
Neil Hannon's ninth album Victory For The Comic Muse is in shops now, and tonight on split level staging the band showcase the record and reasons why, 15 years into The Divine Comedy's story, Hannon can comfortably fill the venerable courtyard with fans still.
The Divine Comedy's latest material seems for the most part bedding in still, but To Die A Virgin - the next single - proves a highlight, the most bombastic and fun this band have been for ages.
www.musicomh.com /gigs/divine-comedy-10_0706.htm   (527 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Victory for the Comic Muse: Music: Divine Comedy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Not to be confused with the band's debut album 'Fanfare For The Comic Muse', this album yet againshowcases Hannon's uncanny knack of being able to marry evocative, character-based lyrics and orchestral flourishes into a winning pop formula.
The rest of the album is mildly rewarding, sing-along MOR pop joyousness in the shape of the bouncing Arthur C. Clarke..., the grand piece of Divine Comedy by-numbers Light of Day, and the aforementioned opening track...
Being a fan of The Divine Comedy since they released Casanova in 1996, I was really looking forward to their latest album.
www.amazon.co.uk /Victory-Comic-Muse-Divine-Comedy/dp/B000FDJ2S8   (2001 words)

 Phantom - Pantom's Divine Comedy Part I   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The rhythm section is fairly basic, no bombast is evident anywhere on the record, but the band as a whole are playing some very tasty 70's rock, far more "progressive" and skilled than most of what were forceful attempts to do prog rock in the 80's and even the early 90's.
While neither a super-complex, nor odd-time-signatured work, it is rich as a piece of music, fully cohesive and, in the genre of concept albums, may as well be a 39 minute Suite In Nine Parts.
Musically, although I can't place any specific bands this reminds me of, it is fairly somber, clearly mid-70's, uncredited mellotron (#9) and all.
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 hip online: artists: divine comedy
Originally, the Divine Comedy was an R.E.M.-influenced guitar-driven trio, formed in Londonderry, Ireland by Neil Hannon (vocals, guitar; born in Londonderry, Ireland.
"Something for the Weekend" became a staple on Chris Evans' radio show, and he had the Divine Comedy on his TFI Friday television show, making it the first TV appearance for Hannon.
When it was released as a single a month later, "Something for the Weekend" entered the chats at 14.
www.hiponline.com /artist/music/d/divine_comedy   (518 words)

 ArtsEditor: opinions: The Divine Comedy
The lyrics of "To Die a Virgin" and "Snowball in Negative" both, in their different ways, revisit territory staked out on the band's seminal Casanova album, while the cover of the Associates' "Party Fears Two" rides the railway-train rhythm that Hannon admits on the DVD should be imprinted on his grave.
The title of the album is a reference to the Divine Comedy's disowned first record, the R.E.M.-influenced Fanfare for the Comic Muse; once again, there is the implication that Hannon feels his early musical struggles have now all been vindicated.
Hannon's task now is to make sure the Divine part of his muse doesn't fly away to someone who needs it more.
www.artseditor.com /html/opinions/0906_divine.shtml   (505 words)

 CLUAS Indie Gig Reviews: The Divine Comedy live in Dublin (October 2004)
As an encore the band chose breakthrough single 'Something For The Weekend' ("The chord that launched a career"), again bringing the crowd singing to their feet and, fittingly, their last single, 'Absent Friends', capping a great performance that earned the Divine Comedy trio much admiration on the night.
Perhaps the only gripe about the night was that the set lacked some of the band's other, more radio-friendly singles like 'Generation Sex', 'The Pop Singer's Fear Of The Pollen Count' and 'The Frog Princess', but this was only a minor glitch in retrospect and the newer material offered was still appreciatively lapped up.
Check out a CLUAS review of the Divine Comedy live back in 2001.
www.cluas.com /Music/gigs/divine_comedy3.htm   (473 words)

 Regeneration - Divine Comedy - Music Records Shopping at dooyoo.co.uk
This is not the Divine Comedy you may know from National Express, Something for the Weekend or Generation Sex.
After the release of their 'Best Of' album, the band finished touring for some time, and retired to the studio to record something different.
It is certainly more of an Indie album, and in contrast to their full-orchestra-massive-choir album, 'Fin de Siecle' in 1998, this band includes only the 7 core band members, and a small string ensemble to compliment a number of tracks.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /music-records/regeneration-divine-comedy   (277 words)

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