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A Strange God in My Head (Indulgence No. 1)

Here’s an odd one. In October 1993, two months after the release of the Liberation album, Setanta quietly put out another Divine Comedy record. Intriguingly titled Indulgence No. 1, it has three tracks, no front cover, and no lyrics written … Continue reading

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Each Fantasy Chosen Begins (Liberation)

After several years – and several records – spent cycling from the influence of one overwhelming monolith to the next, The Divine Comedy, a band which has essentially been a shifting progression of tribute acts with glimmers of promise, suddenly snaps … Continue reading

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We Know Not What We Do (Europop)

At the very brink of consummation, The Divine Comedy’s inevitable evolution into what it was always meant to be experienced a slight hiccup: Neil Hannon decided to stop singing. That’s right: the year was 1991, and Hannon, newly enamoured of … Continue reading

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Look at Life Through the Half-Closed Eye (Timewatch)

We’re still floundering; still not quite there. Timewatch, a three-track EP, was released in 1991 – one year on from the false start of Fanfare for the Comic Muse, but still two years short of the inspired reinvention of Liberation. Musically and lyrically, Timewatch is … Continue reading

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I’ll Take You Upstream, Up to My Origin (Fanfare for the Comic Muse)

In 1989, Neil Hannon cast aside the name of October and declared his band… The Cherry Orchard. The band, already the revolving door of members we love so well, recorded five demos in Active Studio before it occurred to anyone … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Arrive Overnight (October 1st)

Before The Divine Comedy, there was October. Neil Hannon’s original band, formed with three friends in Enniskillen, only ever produced two releases: the four-track EP October 1st in 1987, and the album Exposition in 1989. Since Exposition remains elusive, October … Continue reading

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Not to Fools Like Me (The Divine Comedy)

There are a great many reasons to like the music of Neil Hannon, also known as The Divine Comedy: the compelling baroque-rock sound, the strange and ineffable Irishness, the cultural magnetism of the esoteric and overlooked. Perhaps the most unique draw … Continue reading

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