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Victory For The Comic Muse
The Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy Records
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Release Date
October 9, 2020

Victory For The Comic Muse was first released in 2006. Recorded virtually live in the studio over a two-week period, 'Victory...’ showcased Neil's restless creativity and his flair for observation and narrative. Pitchfork said, "These songs set lofty goals, and realize them" while The Guardian called it a “triumphant comeback” and Spin declared "[Hannon] deserves to be recognized as the unsung genius of symphonic pop." Singles from the album include To Die A Virgin, Diva Lady and live favourite A Lady Of A Certain Age.

The LP release consists of the original remastered album, cut at Abbey Road, packaged with a download code for the album and bonus tracks. The LP is heavyweight black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve accompanied with photos, credits and Neil's liner notes.

To mark the release, The Divine Comedy play five nights at the Barbican in London in early September and then later the same month, five nights at the Cite de la Musique in Paris. Performing as an eleven-piece ensemble, the band will play two albums from their catalogue in full each night. Absent Friends and Victory For The Comic Muse will be performed on the 5th September in London and the 28th Sept in Paris.


  1. To Die A Virgin
  2. Mother Dear
  3. Diva Lady
  4. A Lady Of A Certain Age
  5. The Light Of Day
  6. Threesome
  7. Party Fears Two
  8. Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
  9. The Plough
  10. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont
  11. Snowball In Negative

Bonus CD / Download Code

  1. Births, Deaths And Marriages
  2. Diva Lady (acoustic version)
  3. Home (demo)
  4. Pamplemousse
  5. Lili Marlene
  6. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (early idea)
  7. Count Grassi's Passage Over Piedmont (instrumental)
  8. Trafalgar
  9. Love/Hate Relationship
  10. Miss Sharapova
  11. Don't Blame The Young
  12. Guantanamo
  13. Long Slow Suicide
  14. To Die A Virgin (early idea)
  15. A Little Bit Of Love (Goes A Long Long Way)
  16. Elaine (alternate version)
  17. A Lady Of A Certain Age (instrumental)
  18. Premonition Of Love

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