The Divine Comedy
This Irish band has been led from its inception by Neil Hannon (7 November 1970, Londonderry, Northern Ireland), the son of the Bishop of Clogher. Hannon originally formed the band in 1989 with John McCullagh (vocals) and drummer Kevin Traynor, and signed to Setanta Records (a spiritual home for wayward pop stars such as Frank And Walters and A House). The bands opening salvo was 1990s Fanfare For The Comic Muse. Filled with elegant, resourceful observations on the perversities of Irish and British life, this proved the most pop-orientated of Hannons 90s work. Of his ensuing albums he would confess: I was very interested in the purity of three chords and all that but I was lured away by polyphonic harmony. Following the albums release, McCullagh and Traynor elected to return to their studies with Hannon candidly pointing out that the decision was partially due to the band members realising Neils an arrogant,...