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Denni on 08 May 2018

Afternoon all,

Just rediscovered Divine Comedy but mostly Neil Hannon and forgot just how unique he is. So whats your favourite songs?

Couldn't pick one so here are my best 2:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU_bGYaa3FY

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpUXrTDV9IM

and this because you know, Father Ted!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OztB98Odm1M

 

 

Pete Dangerous - on 08 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Frog Princess 

bouldery bits - on 08 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

National express.

 

Or

 

Absent friends.

Pursued by a bear - on 08 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Two of his songs I've always been fond of are  the Gin-Soaked Boy and Tonight We Fly.  

T.

Blue Straggler - on 08 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Quite a few listed so far are ones that I somehow found just a bit too much on the smarmy side (I realise that this is a bit like saying some cars are bit too much on the "4 tyres and a steering wheel side") but for me the favourites are mostly pre-Casanova (well to be honest apart from some singles like National Express, I drifted away post-Casanova)

I'll go with Tonight We Fly and Don't Look Down


If you are in a certain mood, Tonight We Fly is actually incredibly moving and multi-layered. I remember 22 years when I read about the suicide of Chris Acland from Lush, I listened to an acoustic version of Tonight We Fly on repeat for a while. 


From Casanova I really liked The Dogs and the Horses. 
Also, I got to enjoy Songs of Love without knowing that it was the Father Ted theme music, as I hadn't seen Father Ted at the time (and I had an advance copy of the album )

Blue Straggler - on 09 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Oooh! Just remembered "Going Downhill Fast"

allcatsbegrey on 09 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

His cover of The Smiths' There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is worth a listen.

Blue Straggler - on 09 May 2018
In reply to allcatsbegrey:

His cover of Throwing Muses' "Hate My Way" is also worth a listen and somehow doesn't raise the ire of all the precious twee sycophantic Throwing Muses fans despite changing lots of lyrics (the "Michael Rodd is a God" one is fab...)

JJ Krammerhead III - on 09 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

'Lost property'has always resonated with me!

We had 'Absent friends', My Dad's favourite, played at his funeral. One day I'll be able to listen to it dry eyed

Blue Straggler - on 09 May 2018
In reply to JJ Krammerhead III:

That is interesting I am not overly familiar with Absent Friends but, as alluded to above, I think Tonight We Fly could be a fitting song at a funeral. The imagery and the rich tapestry of human life that it creates....plus of course the closing lyric is very obviously and unambiguously a celebration of a life lived. 
(see also: Hell Yeah by Neil Diamond)

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planetmarshall on 09 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

"To the Rescue" is a wonderful song. There's a great live rendition on YouTube.

Simon Caldwell - on 11 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Queen of the South. 

Runners up:

The Booklovers

Everybody Knows Except You

Honourable mention :

My Lovely Horse

Chris the Tall - on 11 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Has there ever been a better track for an adventure film ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_7k3fnxPq0

Alternatively, there is a certain genius to the lyrics of ‘an English lady of a certain age’....

...’no, you couldn’t be’

ena sharples - on 11 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Has to be "National Express"?

something for the weekend deserves an honourable mention, too.

Blue Straggler - on 11 May 2018
In reply to ena sharples:

They are both AWFUL!

Clarence on 11 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

If we can include The Duckworth-Lewis Method then I find Mason on the Boundary quite sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HMCIxhi2L0

squarepeg on 12 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Always like the pop singers fear of the pollen count, but I dont know all the songs at all.

Tom Last - on 13 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Tonight We Fly, for me. 

ablackett - on 14 May 2018
In reply to Denni:

Look up, "A lady of a certain age" from 2006, lovely song.


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