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60 second Sunday Mail Interview

 
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Jennifer



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:11 pm    Post subject: 60 second Sunday Mail Interview Reply with quote

Little interview (wee enough for me to type out Smile )

Former Divine Comedy Frontman Neil Hannon recently released Absent Friends and the single Come Home Billy Bird. He plays Edinburgh's Usher Hall on April 27.


You like to write about things others don't. Is this true of the new album Absent Freinds?


I have the same interests as other people but other people think they are not worthy things to write about. Alot of artists write about some deep personal emotion and I don't know enough about them to know what they are talking about. I write little songs with a lot of details.

Is the single CHBB about you, considering you have moved back to Dublin?

It is slightly autobiographical. It reflects me and fatherhood but based on an average buisnessman rushing home from a meeting. When you're sitting at an airport, you're surrounded by men in suits with laptops and phones. I'm slightly turning into one of hem but I'm fighting against it.

What impact has you 2 year old daughter Willow Mary Erin, had on your life?

I don't like to be away from her, It teaches you to live in the present, rather than six months hence. There's also less time to do things. There are certain periods in the day when I'm allowed to work and you have to make the best of it. I think it's reflected in the album - you have to be focused and to the point.

Are you over then band's break up?

It was the most horrible thing I've ever had to do. I was a bit miserable, even though we'd just done a great album, Regeneration, with Nigle Godrich. I'm loving it now though. The band members are all doing fine. We do keep in touch but I don't see them as often as I'd like.

Is it important tohave your own identity?

Yes I was very conscious of trying to please myself and what got me so excited in the first place. And it's worked . I listen to the album all the time. In personal artistic terms I feel I've finally cracked it.

Are you looking forward to touring?

Yes. Scottish audiences are the best - in fact, all the celtic crowds are. Scotland and Ireland tend to get a bit more of a racous, joyful vibe. It's more refined in England.

Can it get lonely workign on your own?

It's not lonely - I've always got my dog beside me. I see different people in different parts of the job and it's all very varied. It's a big circle of loveliness.


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drykid



Joined: 16 Dec 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for typing that in. Bit odd that they refer to him as the "former Divine Comedy frontman" when he's just released a new Divine Comedy album. I know the old band split up, but they could find a less-confusing way of putting it.
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cjmacs



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:23 am    Post subject: Re: 60 second Sunday Mail Interview Reply with quote

neil wrote:
It's not lonely - I've always got my dog beside me.


awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

thanks jenn!
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Jennifer



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the typo's are all my own work Very Happy
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Gilderoy Lockheart



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They lend it a certain authenticity, Jen. You use a good deal fewer, commas than they, do, though.
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StellarJ



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jennifer Smile Petite and Bijou.
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pip



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Jennifer!

Love this phrase:

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It's a big circle of loveliness


drykid wrote:
Bit odd that they refer to him as the "former Divine Comedy frontman" when he's just released a new Divine Comedy album.


It's nice to see that The Mail's researching skills are still as good as ever! Wink
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www.tom



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 60 second Sunday Mail Interview Reply with quote

Jennifer wrote:
Yes. Scottish audiences are the best...


Laughing

Hah, up yours Palludium and Luverpuul and Parus...

(Neil's terribly tactful, ain't he!)
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Gilderoy Lockheart



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 60 second Sunday Mail Interview Reply with quote

Neil actually wrote:
Yes. Audiences containing Gilders are the best...


Aaaaw! Smile
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Rowan Morrison



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: 60 second Sunday Mail Interview Reply with quote

www.tom wrote:
Jennifer wrote:
Yes. Scottish audiences are the best...


Laughing

Hah, up yours Palludium and Luverpuul and Parus...

(Neil's terribly tactful, ain't he!)


It's only cos he saw me at Glasgow. So ner.
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