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Fantsu



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: When did you first 'find' TDC? Reply with quote

An attempt to start a new TDC related discussion which is naturally open to all BBers old and new.



Please, walk down the memory lane and tell us how you got interested in the band called The Divine Comedy?
Use as many words as you like, and please, none of that pythonesque "We've done that!" here... Wink

I'll post my story shortly.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YAY!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meh, have already given my answer to this long ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a brief 45 min set at Glastonbury 2004, loved every song, bought a bunch of records the following week.
Pretty short story but those are the sweetest...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

an ex girlfriend who was rather more cultured than me.

I didn't really like them to start with, or till after we split to be honest.
It just kind of clicked one day for me.
I just thought "hey this is rather good" and haven't looked back.

boring but true Very Happy


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
Meh, have already given my answer to this long ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
Meh, have already given my answer to this long ago.

*slaps* You may correct your answer Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Evans for me some 10 years ago. The days when Radio 1 was half decent and TFI was actually quite good!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Promenade. None of that johnny-come-lately 'woodshed' bandwagon jumping for me! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFI was never good! Except when Shaun Ryder sworded.

What Airtard saided.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did hear Bernice Bobs Her Hair on Mark Radcliffe and quite liked, then saw the wee man supporting Tori Amos.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Promised Mrs Fluff a night out and tried to get tickets to see James. Failed so picked the next band* on me list of who was playing in London Town that night.

the rest is history

*which was blur who told me that the divine comedy was very good **

** not true btw
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got into Ms. Amos. She's pretty good, actually. Though I may have been somewhat over exposed as Bunny loves her to pieces. Ah, well.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfie Casanova wrote:
TFI was never good! Except when Shaun Ryder sworded.

What Airtard saided.


When I said "good" I meant "entertaining" and people actually sung live too!!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember the single National Express well, it was released when I was the tender age of (something like) 11...and remember liking it muchly, though not having the gumption to go and buy it. Then I forgot all about TDC.

Until.....


About 8 months ago, my dear mother bought the 'Acoustics 2' compilation, which features Songs Of Love. I loved it, and promptly went and bought A Secret History, which also brought back happy memories of a certain song about a bus. I fell in love with TDC upon first listen, then purchasing Absent Friends became my next step in the love affair. I then joined this board, becoming the proud owner of all the other albums in very quick succesion soon after. Promenade was the last one (and most expensive)!

And here we are. And they all lived happily ever after.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, right.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two words: National. Express. Very Happy

Yes, I still think it's a lovely little pop song. They still show the video sometimes on Q (usually quite early on, around breakfast time) and it always brings back a smile. After that, I went out and bought 'Fin' and loved it as passionately as one man could possibly love a CD. Then, I had to go and by everything that the HANNON had put his grubby little mitts on.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

two words: A. short. - then one more: Album. - and then another two words: about. love.

went to america for 2 weeks after seeing them live (see above (with out owning any of the DC CD's)) got this the day before going and had it on constantly for the 2 week period.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a cold winter day in December 2004 when I was getting acquainted with our new PC which came with a fantastic broadband - a luxury that I had at home for the first time. There I was surfing at the Musicbrigade website looking for cool videos when I came across Come Home Billy Bird. I was absolutely stunned and watched the same video over and over again... Thanks to the net, it didn't take long for me to track down and reserve all the TDC CDs at the town library. After two days of waiting impatiently, I finally got my hands on A secret history, Absent friends, Regeneration and it was all like a breeze of fresh air! Smile I believe it was on that day that I registered to this BB because I just had to share that feeling with like-minded people - and I've been here since Smile

And I must add, that in the end of the 90's I used to clean a student socs' club a lot and I always started with a CD compilation with "Something for the weekend" without knowing anything about the band. When I finally made the connection in 2004, I was really really surprised. I'd missed so many years of TDC time!

Edit: remembered the CDs wrong Smile The ones I heard first were the newer albums.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny isn't it, how most of the people on this board are a little snobby towards the post Regen stuff and yet, somewhat contradictorarily (if there's such a word) it's also how most of us got to know TDC.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not everything post-Regen, just 'Absent Friends'. And that's because it's mediocre dross.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've told the story before and been called a fibber before, but here goes.

My first awareness of The Divine Comedy was while sat in a doctor's waiting room.

I was flicking through a magazine and there was an article where a "pop star" had to interview themselves.

It was Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy (the band name rang a bell, but I couldn't quite place it). He was talking about being confident in himself and with women for the first time in his life and that being reflected in his song writing. He also yapped on about having seen Ai No Corrida years before, a film I'd only seen the night before and the only scene he could remember was a woman shoving lychees up herself, which made me chuckle.

Then that night, I realised while watching Father Ted where I knew the name of the band from.

I was still quite a little raver and chill-outy music person at the time - progressing on from growing up listening to mostly electronic stuff like Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, with a brief dalience with Goth-lite like The Cure and Sisters of Mercy - so bands like The Divine Comedy had never really registered on my radar.

A couple of nights later they were showing The Late Late Show (I think) on ITV - and the guest was Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and he played Songs of Love which of course I recognised as Father Ted.

This man was stalking me in the media the scamp!

Anyway, a few days later I was travelling down on the coach from Hull to see my then girlfriend who lived in London.

It was only when I was on the coach that I realised I'd brought someone else's Walkman (yes a cassette tape one with massive over the ear headphones) which was identical to mine - I still to this day don't know where or when this happened.

Inside was Casanova.

Stuck on a seven hour journey I had no choice but to listen to it at some point.

After one and a half listens later (it was halfway through The Frog Princess when I first started) I was captivated.

I spent the whole of my time in London travelling on the tube and wondering why I'd never heard of this bloke until a few weeks ago.

It was exactly the opposite of what I'd always hatted previously about non-dance music - it had clever and intelligent lyrics that actually spoke about something I could relate to - all be it buried in irony and iconic references.

As soon as I got back I found Promenade and Liberation in a second hand shop down the road and discovered to my joy he was even better than I'd thought.

Later that year I was also to discover Pulp and my life change was complete - Hurrah!

So, there you go.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually I first saw them in 1993 supporting blur - but dont really remember them - how ever i must of really liked them as I bought the 12" of europop on the back of it.

hoorah i just found an t'internet version of it - ah the memories

http://hype.non-standard.net/track/130314
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erm...
You do all realise that there's a section called "Music"...?

This is the section for non DC related banter and general chit-chat.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian Shelf wrote:
I've told the story before and been called a fibber before, but here goes.

My first awareness of The Divine Comedy was while sat in a doctor's waiting room.

I was flicking through a magazine and there was an article where a "pop star" had to interview themselves.

It was Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy (the band name rang a bell, but I couldn't quite place it). He was talking about being confident in himself and with women for the first time in his life and that being reflected in his song writing. He also yapped on about having seen Ai No Corrida years before, a film I'd only seen the night before and the only scene he could remember was a woman shoving lychees up herself, which made me chuckle.

Then that night, I realised while watching Father Ted where I knew the name of the band from.

I was still quite a little raver and chill-outy music person at the time - progressing on from growing up listening to mostly electronic stuff like Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode, with a brief dalience with Goth-lite like The Cure and Sisters of Mercy - so bands like The Divine Comedy had never really registered on my radar.

A couple of nights later they were showing The Late Late Show (I think) on ITV - and the guest was Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and he played Songs of Love which of course I recognised as Father Ted.

This man was stalking me in the media the scamp!

Anyway, a few days later I was travelling down on the coach from Hull to see my then girlfriend who lived in London.

It was only when I was on the coach that I realised I'd brought someone else's Walkman (yes a cassette tape one with massive over the ear headphones) which was identical to mine - I still to this day don't know where or when this happened.

Inside was Casanova.

Stuck on a seven hour journey I had no choice but to listen to it at some point.

After one and a half listens later (it was halfway through The Frog Princess when I first started) I was captivated.

I spent the whole of my time in London travelling on the tube and wondering why I'd never heard of this bloke until a few weeks ago.

It was exactly the opposite of what I'd always hatted previously about non-dance music - it had clever and intelligent lyrics that actually spoke about something I could relate to - all be it buried in irony and iconic references.

As soon as I got back I found Promenade and Liberation in a second hand shop down the road and discovered to my joy he was even better than I'd thought.

Later that year I was also to discover Pulp and my life change was complete - Hurrah!

So, there you go.


damn fine story, I wish I had gotten into them that way.
you were destined to be a fan:D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blue circles wrote:
Erm...
You do all realise that there's a section called "Music"...?

This is the section for non DC related banter and general chit-chat.


Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blue circles wrote:
You do all realise that there's a section called "Music"...?

Heh, nice try but this fits here best. Just start writing your story Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I blame Chris Evans. I remember the whole scramble to find a copy of 'Sometihng for the Weekend' and just completely loving it. He played it over the start of Simon Mayo's Golden Hour and someone phoned in and said '1985?'.

From then I was hooked.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just blame Chris Evans period. For everything.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't knock the Evans for he has done good things. In my eyes anyway. But then i do live in the mid 1990s.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfie Casanova wrote:
I just blame Chris Evans period. For everything.






he is a man. Shocked Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do I, Appy. But I still think he's a twunt. Well, actually, I'm kind in the early 80s right about now.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah I won't have anything said against the Evans. If it wasn't for him I would have what I have now. So nur.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm happy you're Appy. And Happy.
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Minge.
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Sluntcaps
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to work in a shop in Manchester where they usd to send us annoying compilation tapes every couple of months to pipe through in the store. On some of these tapes were 'Becoming more like Alfie', 'Something for the Weekend', and another one I can't remember but, bizarrely, wasn't National Express! Then about 5 years ago I made friends with Jonathan, who was already a huge fan, played me more of their stuff and made me up a complation. Not long afterwards I started working with Helen (Skeeve)- another huge fan who gave me various albums for birthdays and christmas and made sure I had a healthy collection! Our boss hated it so we had to turn the stereo off whenever she came in! I first saw them live at the Palladium, by which time I considered them my favourite band.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
Nah I won't have anything said against the Evans. If it wasn't for him I would have what I have now. So nur.


I refer Hugh Cecil on this....



"He was very good..... 'til he disapeared up his own arse."
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha. When's that out on DVD? I've had the old TV rips for years, waiting for the day they can be deleted and replaced with proper versions.
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Me or Evans?
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