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Neil Hannon in today's NME

 
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YoungManWithUnhealthyTan



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:14 pm    Post subject: Neil Hannon in today's NME Reply with quote

there's quite a big interview with Mr N Hannon in everyone's favourite music paper. it's pretty funny stuff too. he mentions having a go at Toploader before finding out what nice people they were!
NME catches him out when he gets a metaphor confused witha simile, and the poor chap admits to being a slow reader, prone to day dreaming.
On the subject of sacking the band he says they're doing so well without him that he wished he'd sacked himself instead. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought this today, It's a nice article. There's also a 4 star review in Heat this week as well. I'll transcribe it if folk are interested
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

please Jen!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absent Friends Review from heat

IN A NUTSHELL: You remeber The Divine Comedy? They had suprisingly catchy hits like Something for the weekend and National Express in the late 90's. Well, they're back. But are they still, ahem, divine?

WHAT'S IT LIKE: If you think that voilins have noplace in modern pop music we advise that you steer well clear of Absent Friends. The majority of tracks here have a grand cenematic feel: there are lots of lush, beautiful string arrangements, which give songs like Sticks and Stones and Our Mutual Friend a wonderfully whimisical feel. Lyrically Neil Hannon continues to write songs about quirky characters and stories (Come Home Billy Bird) or with simple but sweet sentiments (Charmed Life)

HOW MANY GOOD TRACKS?: eight, out of 11

BEST TRACK: Leaving Today is a grand sounding tearjerker.

WORST TRACK: My Imaginary Friend, with it's tinkling piano, is just a little bit twee.

VERDICT: The perfect album to snuggle up to on a rainy sunday afternoon.

**** Olivia Cooke

Hows that Phil? Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey jen, cheers, glad they say Leaving Today is their fav. I think possible it may be mine! still to early to say though,.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How dare they diss Imaginary Friend. Bah!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imaginary Friend, and Happy Goth are my two least favourites.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leaving Today is about the only track I skip, o rmaybe Billy Bird sometimes as I've heard it plenty enough lately
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do we like NME or not then.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

twee...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

StickFigureNinja wrote:
Leaving Today is about the only track I skip, o rmaybe Billy Bird sometimes as I've heard it plenty enough lately


I agree with Stick.

*goes to drown himself in a butt of Malmsey, eating a buttered Marmsey*
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If... wrote:
I agree with Stick.
Bloody hell!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
twee...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If... wrote:

*goes to drown himself in a butt of Malmsey, eating a buttered Marmsey*


sorry to sound so ignorant, but what on earth does this mean? it sounds good...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But I love My Imaginary Friend... it's one of the best songs on there.

Also - I thought the NME utterly detested our favourite pop pixie?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's more disturbing in heat is the Janet Jackson review next to the DC one.

The worst track according to them is horrific.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think LT is the best and I don't think MIF is the worst. Not sure about either best or worst to be honest - maybe THG, OMF, AF or CL as best.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*Bump*

Here's the NME Interview.

PETER ROBINSON versus NEIL HANNON
The Divine Comedy Man Who Sacked All His Mates.


-Hello Neil. Your new album includes the line, “slowly slaughtered like a goat.” If you had to be slaughtered like an animal, which animal would it be and why?

N: A horse, so that if I broke my leg they’d shoot me. At least it’s quick. Obviously I don’t condone this in any way. But I’d like to point out that the goat thing was a metaphor.

-Isn’t it a simile?

N: Oh yes. People think I know everything about literature but I’m a slow reader. I find myself daydreaming for ten minutes then forget where I am.

-How many people bought your last album?

N: I don’t know the figures. I know it was about two-thirds of the people who’d bought the previous one though.

-It didn’t precisely set the charts on fire, did it?

N: Well, it didn’t help that the radio didn’t play any of it but now everyone’s quietly confident and it’s going ridiculously well. It’s scaring the s**t out of me. (Laughs) But in reality there’s the problem that people don’t buy much records.

-Can I have a haiku please?

N: A what? A hai... what the hell is that?

-Three lines. Five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables.

N: Hmmm....Hmmm....OK.
-I went to the beach/and walked around for a while/A camera crew watched.
Camera is two syllables by the way. There’s a little apostrophe in there.


-If your life was for rent like Dido’s, how much would it cost?

N: I’d say it was worth a couple of grand for the week. You’d get a lot of dog walking and some fresh Dublin air.

-So you’d throw in accommodations too?

N: Are you staying in my house or are you in my head like “Being John Malkovich?” It depends what the premise is.

-The premise is pretty flimsy to be honest. It was just something to ask.

N: Well, the dog walking would be good. I have a dog lying at my feet right now, like all good dogs should. But she’s only there because I have a peanut butter sandwich. She’s a black Labrador called Leia, as in Princess.

-Does she look like Carrie Fisher?

N: Not really, considering she’s black. She doesn’t look good in a gold bikini. (Pause)
Hmm. Hmmm. Did you hear that?


-Yes.

N: That was her saying hello.

-No Neil. It was you.

N: Yes. Yes it was.

-Do you consider, as anybody in their right mind does that “No Regrets,” continues to be the best ever Robbie Williams single?

N: Easily. Head and shoulders above. (Very long pause, then a chuckle) I don’t think you’re going to draw me on Robbie. I’d actually forgotten that I did that (appearing on “No Regrets.”) It was a crazy time and it was all a bit weird. I’m very pleased I did it but I don’t think I’d do it again. Like most of my career actually.

-Have you ever dissed someone on the internet, or did your mama teach you better than that?

N: The last time was on NME.com- at the V Festival you were doing the site from a bus and I was asked for my least favourite band. I eventually whispered, ‘Toploader.’ When I walked off the bus, the entirety of the Toploader were stood there. What made it worse was that they were really nice people.

-Of course. ‘Toploader’ have now split up.

N: I’m saying nothing. Hear the silence.

-Where?

N: “........”

-Do you speak often to your sacked schoolfriend bandmates?

N: Yeah, sometimes. We go out for a pint every now and again. Some of them are on the new album, one of them’s off doing a film sound course, one of them’s going to be a music teacher.....all gainfully employed. I’m quite jealous in many ways–I should have sacked myself instead.

-Well. That’s the end of that Neil.

N: Have I spouted enough crap yet?

-Yes, there’s an advert on the page this week so that should be just about enough.

N: Well thank you very much. Bye.

FYI
-Neil has a nice house and a nice car.
-"Look at me," he says. I’m a pop star and I’m ugly."
-He doesn’t suit hats.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers - I almost bought that, but decided in the end it was wasn't worth feeling cheap and dirty just to read an NH interview. But now I get to read it without giving them a penny. Yay!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers, Uni*!

I wonder who's training to be a music teacher...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pinky, I thinky Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know what Brians upto now? He really completed the whole TDC experience for me. I never could get my head around going to a concert and having a fab time listening to great music, performed by great guys, when I didn't actually fancy any of them - Brian sorted this out for me. (Although my sister - who I usually dragged along - quite fancied Joby and he is still around)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last we heard, Bryan haad started his own band called The Kittens, which Ivor sometimes played in. I think there was a website somewhere...

janniehr wrote:
Although my sister... quite fancied Joby


Your sister has impeccable taste.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Universal* wrote:
-Can I have a haiku please?

N: A what? A hai... what the hell is that?


He obviously doesn't read the Bulletin Board, then... Exclamation
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If... wrote:
StickFigureNinja wrote:
Leaving Today is about the only track I skip, o rmaybe Billy Bird sometimes as I've heard it plenty enough lately


I agree with Stick.



*astonished*
Wow! Leaving Today is one of my favorites. Oh well, different strokes for different blokes....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Witch wrote:
Cheers, Uni*!

I wonder who's training to be a music teacher...


pinky - my mate ben is teaching him
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope he's properly trained in the "pull my finger" gag. My music teacher Mr. Logan was a master at that one...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even in that interview they don't exactly hide how much they hate Neil. The tards.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2004 1:03 pm    Post subject: thanks for the interview Reply with quote

that saved us all a few pound,
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