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Subject:Hello! Anyone still posting/watching here?
Time:04:00 pm
This seems to be the only Neil Hannon/TDC  community on LJ, and it appears to be very quiet! Anyone still interested in discussing Neil or TDC? I'm a relatively new fan,so very late to the party here, but no one I know has heard of him! (I live in the U.S.) What did people thing of "Bang Goes the Knighthood"? What about The Duckworth Lewis Method?
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theblackeyeddog
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Time:2013-06-13 09:04 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the world of Mr Hannon. If you're new-ish to his music, I'd like to share this in case you might not have seen it! :)









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zuz211
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Time:2013-06-13 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I have been devouring everything I could find since around December, but I've not gotten around to watching this yet. I know what I'll be doing later. Thanks! I would also like to add that seeing videos of the live performances makes me completely jealous that I've never gotten to see him live, and will probably have to go to Europe now if it is ever to happen. Not that that would be a bad thing. :-)
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mamunia
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Time:2013-06-13 10:45 pm (UTC)
where in the u.s.? i was very very lucky and got to see him only several months after i really got into TDC. apparently he hadn't even come to the states before then.. i've had really good concert luck. and then he came again a year later, so 5 times in all! we even got to do streetteam for him and meet him after one of the shows. anyway, my fiance had been into them for years, but i got into them around "Regeneration," which, imo, is their best album. it's a really solid, cohesive piece of work. i loved what nigel godrich producing brought to neil's music. sadly, i feel after "Regeneration," that the music has slowly gone downhill with each new album, with a few exceptions ("Mother Dear" comes to mind immediately.. "Girl Least Likely,"). i just don't love the newer stuff, as much as i've listened. i like each new album less than the one before. i like most of the older stuff so much more. just my opinion though. anyway, i'll always be a fan and will definitely give each new release a fair chance.
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zuz211
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Time:2013-06-14 05:00 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm so jealous! Five times! I'm in NYC. If I'd only known about TDC when he was actually here it would have been super easy to go.

I really like Regeneration, but I will say that's the one that had to grow on me the most. It was just a little startling after Casanova and Promenade, but I really appreciate it now. "Eye of the Needle" is fantastic. As are the other songs. I enjoy the newer stuff too - I think there are some lovely songs on Bang Goes the Knighthood (especially "Down in the Street Below"), and I *love* the bonus CD where he sings all of those songs in French. And I really enjoy Victory for the Comic Muse. "Lady of a Certain Age" is beautiful, I think. Though I could do without "Diva Lady." :-) But it's definitely the older stuff that got me hooked. Promenade is my favorite. It might now be my favorite album ever, even though I only first heard it last Christmas. I'm hoping I find myself in the UK or Ireland at some point when Neil is performing - I would make a point to go!
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theblackeyeddog
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Time:2013-06-14 03:29 pm (UTC)
You should definitely try to catch a concert! Neil often plays interesting venues: last time I saw him was at York Minster (in between songs he told facts about the history of York Minster!!) and a gig at Somerset House was also fabulous. There's usually plenty to choose from. I think I've seen him five times now?! I might've forgotten some though?! First time was a festival in the mid 00's Promenade is also my favourite album and Liberation is also pretty fabulous but it was around the time of "Absent Friends" that I first got into The Divine Comedy. I like a wide range of music, but in that which I have heard, there is no other lyricist quite like Mr Hannon. I like the new stuff too though!! :)
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zuz211
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Time:2013-06-15 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would definitely love to see him live. Someday it will happen. I would definitely take it into consideration if I were planning a trip. I have the CD of the Somerset House show! It sounded like such a great time. I like Liberation as well. I agree - I have a pretty eclectic taste in music as well, but I had never heard anyone quite like Neil Hannon before. It's funny because I actually first heard him on Stuart Murdoch's "God Help the Girl" album, where Neil duets with Catherine Ireton on one song. I just really liked his voice, so decided to find out who he was, having no idea what a brilliant songwriter he is. Little did I know what I was in for!
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sagittarian
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Time:2013-06-15 12:25 am (UTC)
I enjoyed "Bang Goes the Knighthood" but Victory for the Comic Muse was going to be hard to follow. I also do likeThe Duckworth Lewis Method. I'm glad Neil keeps on going - such an underrated singer and songwriter!
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zuz211
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Time:2013-06-15 06:29 pm (UTC)
I like both Victory for the Comic Muse and Bang Goes the Knighthood. I'm looking forward to the new Duckworth Lewis Method - I've already pre-ordered it. And yes, so underrated! None of my friends or family know about him, though I've been doing my best to change that!
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