The Divine Comedy are an eclectic pop band fronted Neil Hannon, regarded by many as a national treasure and one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation.
Founded in 1989 in Northern Ireland, the first line up of the group consisted of Hannon alongside John McCullagh and Kevin Traynor. Hannon has been the only ever-present member of the band often playing much of their instrumentation and recognisable for his immaculate suits and dandy look.
Their first album was released in 1990 and heavily influenced by R.E.M. Over time their sound significantly developed from synth pop to string quartets and commercial success arrived in 1996, with the release of their album Casanova and in particular the single Something for the Weekend.
Between 1996 and 1999, the band released nine singles that made the UK Top 40, including the top-ten hit, National Express. In total they have released 12 studio albums.
The band takes its name from the epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, that is considered to be one of the most important literary works ever created.