The Divine Comedy Bang Goes – The Knighthood

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09/10/2020

In 1990 Neil Hannon started recording and releasing under the name The Divine Comedy. Thirty years and twelve great albums later, Hannon is rightly adjudged one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation. To celebrate, Divine Comedy Records are remastering and reissuing nine of the band’s classic albums.  The nine reissued albums have been remastered from the original tapes at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths). Overseeing the audio throughout the campaign is engineer / mixer / producer Guy Massey, whose work on the Beatles Stereo Remasters won him a Grammy Award.  ‘Bang Goes The Knighthood’ was first released in 2010. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the album took an acerbic look into the lives of the rich and powerful and their impact on the rest of us “down in the street below.” It was described in the Sunday Times as “a collection worthy of Randy Newman at his best,” while Pitchfork said “Neil Hannon continues to quietly and effectively operate his own one-man niche, thanks to impeccable arrangements and tightrope-walking songwriting.” Includes the singles ‘At The Indie Disco’ and ‘I Like’ and live favourites ‘Assume The Perpendicular’ and ‘The Complete Banker’.  The CD release consists of two discs: the original remastered album, with a second CD of B-sides, demos and alternate versions lovingly curated by Neil Hannon, much of which has never been heard before. The CD comes with a booklet of photos, credits and extensive liner notes written by Neil covering the context and inspiration behind the album and its songs.  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.