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Review of The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon at Greenwich Summer Sessions ****
3:05pm Thursday 28th July 2011
By Mark George

GREENWICH’S Summer Sessions got under way with The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon performing a solo show.

Arriving on stage dressed like a commuter on his way to work, Hannon clutched his songbook in one hand as if it was his briefcase.

But not many other men in grey suits could entertain the crowd at the Old Royal Naval College with an hour and 50 minutes of witty banter and 24 songs about love, cricket and a certain coach company.

Neil Hannon delighted his fans at Greenwich Summer Sessions, playing all the tracks from his latest album

Hannon began with an announcement hoping the crowd enjoyed his most recent album, Bang Goes The Knighthood, as he would be playing it in its entirety before launching into a fantastic performance of opening track Down In The Street Below. 继续阅读


The Divine Comedy – review
Old Royal Naval College, London
Caroline Sullivan, Wednesday 27 July 2011 18.48 BST

Trust Neil Hannon to find a venue grand enough to accommodate his pop symphonies. Wren’s 17th-century hospital-turned-college – home to the Greenwich Summer Sessions, of which this was the opening night – was a fitting backdrop for the florid twists and turns of his Divine Comedy catalogue: at one end, colonnaded splendour; at the other, a view of Canary Wharf across the Thames. Neither end escaped his notice. In tribute to the college’s stateliness, he toasted his audience with Pimm’s, then drawled: “We have a marvellous view of the financial district. This song is for them.” It was called The Complete Banker.

There was more drollery where that came from. Performing solo brings out the joker in Hannon, whose relentless wryness suggests he goes through life with an eyebrow perpetually arched. That’s also the default setting of his lyrics: if you hadn’t known he was a master of portraying the British middle classes as Pooterish fumblers, you did after two hours and 20 songs.

Hannon played his current album, Bang Goes the Knighthood, in its entirety, his piano taking the place of the album’s orchestral arrangements. Noting that audiences find it hard to clap in time to At the Indie Disco (such irony!), he produced a metronome, and kept the comedy flowing by inviting a fan to tell a joke during I Like.

Throughout these frolics, and the run of hits that comprised the second half of the show, Hannon was both charming host and serious artist. An accomplished pianist and decent crooner, he made even the vaudeville larkiness of National Express seem commanding. There’s got to be a medal, if not a knighthood, for a performer who can do that.

Divine Comedy/Jose Gonzalez, Old Royal Naval College – review
By André Paine
27 Jul 2011

Neil Hannon’s songs hit the West End this Christmas in his Swallows and Amazons musical. This open-air show was a chance to see The Divine Comedy frontman going solo with his more grown-up material.

The series was opened by José González, bookended by giant inflatable daisies for reasons known only to the organisers. González sat plucking his acoustic guitar and delivering a mumbled vocal, even on Kylie Minogue’s Hand on Your Heart. He was often spellbinding, though somewhat samey.

That wasn’t a problem for Hannon. Playing current album Bang Goes the Knighthood in full may have been bloody-minded but it showed his range. Sitting at a piano, he pointed out the “marvellous view of the financial district” and dedicated The Complete Banker to its denizens. There was also the breezy At the Indie Disco, Island Life, an enjoyable offcut from his musical, and the album title track about perversion in high places.

Hannon’s self-depreciation was most entertaining and his rapport with the audience let him laugh off a number of lapses. He provided spectacular moments, including a haunting cover of the Pet Shop Boys’ Being Boring and the cricket anthem Jiggery Pokery. But as the crowd sang the National Express encore, a faltering Hannon told them “you’re better than me – that’s insulting!”
A haphazard sort of triumph.

Schade, dass Strauss-Kahn nicht da war, der hätte sich sicher gefreut
9. Juni 2011, 07:24 Uhr

汉堡现场。Neil Hannon有两首歌想献给Dominique Strauss-Kahn(国际货币基金组织前总裁)。不管怎样,这事不太好笑 …
Hamburg. Dominique Strauss-Kahn bekommt von Neil Hannon gleich zwei Songs gewidmet. Allerdings hätte der wohl kaum darüber gelacht, denn “The Complete Banker” beschreibt einen gierigen Bankier, der sich schon auf die nächste Luftblase freut, die man mit Spekulationen zum Platzen bringen könnte. Und “Bang Goes The Knighthood” ist der Song über ein Mitglied der höheren Schicht, der zu einer peitscheschwingenden Domina geht und wegen seiner obsessiven Sexualpraktiken Frau, Ehre und gesellschaftliche Stellung verliert. Hannon, der seine Musikprojekte The Divine Comedy nennt, erntet für diese aktuellen Songs viel hämischen Beifall seiner Fans im Knust.

Seine Alben nimmt der in Dublin geborene Hannon oft mit großer Band und Orchester auf, doch ins Knust ist er als Solist gekommen. Am Klavier oder zur Gitarre singt und spielt er seine Songs als reduzierte Versionen der oft opulenten Originale. Aber ebenso wie bei seinem amerikanischen Pendant Randy Newman verlieren die Nummern nichts von ihrem oft sarkastischen Witz.

Hannon ist ein Geschichtenerzähler, der den Finger in so manche gesellschaftliche Wunde legt, aber ebenso selbstironisch mit sich selber umgeht. Das wird immer wieder bei seinen Liebesliedern deutlich. Die Metaphern, die er auf umworbene Frauen anwendet, werden schnell zum Rohrkrepierer. “Wenn du ein Pferd wärst, würde ich deinen Stall sauber machen”, singt er in “If …”, was nicht gerade nach geschliffener Minne klingt. Hannon ist ein intelligenter Spaßmacher, versierter Musiker und distinguierter Clown. Als die Roadies schon die Mikros abbauen, klatscht das Publikum noch immer: Neil Hannons Auftritt war göttlich. (oeh)

A divine performance on The Tom Morton Show
Karen Miller | 17:11 UK time, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Dawn Baxter, producer of The Tom Morton show sent us this blog about The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, who appeared on the show on Monday 10th May.

When the new single from The Divine Comedy “At the Indie Disco” arrived on Tom Morton and myself’s desk we both agreed that it was a wonderful piece of story telling, recounting a typical night out for the author in his younger years. Personally the song reminded me of being 18 and attending various venues in and around Aberdeen, taking me right back to my own days of tiny clubs, beer soaked carpets and great music. Needless to say, we have played the single a lot on the Tom Morton show and were delighted when it became part of the Radio Scotland Playlist.

Fast forward a few weeks when I got a call from the Divine Comedy’s radio plugger asking if we would be interested in having Neil Hannon from the band on the show on the 10th May. As we are such fans of course the answer was yes.

Here is where the wonder of Radio comes in: Tom is based in Shetland and broadcasts from the BBC studio in Lerwick, the production team are based in Aberdeen and Neil was in PQ in Glasgow though you would never know any of this listening to the show. Neil was looked after by audio Niall Young in PQ – with myself producing Monday’s Tom show from Aberdeen.

Anyway, onto Showtime – Neil Hannon had completed his soundcheck in Glasgow and ready to take part on the show. I had a brief chat with him just to check that he was happy and knew what was going to happen on the show. Much to my amusement Mr Hannon impressed me by playing along with A-ha’s “Take on Me” which we were playing on the show as I chatted to him, admitting that he’d been a fan in his youth! Tom picked up on this during the interview and Neil played a bit more of this 80s classic, revealing that he may have learned it in order to impress members of the opposite sex!

We’ve had Neil on the Show before and know that he is an entertaining guest. Of course he didn’t disappoint – go to the iPlayer to hear the interview again if you missed it. We were given an extra special treat as Neil played a live song for us as a taster from his forthcoming album – a track called “The Complete Banker” which pulls no punches in revealing his feelings on the cause of the recent financial crisis. The song was excellent and if all the album is as good as this the Divine Comedy have another top seller on their hands which may well feature as a Tom Morton Album of the week in the future.

As an added bonus, our online team filmed Neil performing his live track “The Complete Banker”:

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