10 Musicians Whose Careers Were Destroyed By Just One Song
2. National Express — The Divine Comedy
Neil Hannon’s baroque pop outfit
The Divine Comedy were always on the outside of major mainstream success.
a softer, classical-influenced sound and drier wit than the likes of Damon Albarn
of the Gallaghers, the Northern Irish singer song writer never quite fit the mould
of his more rock influenced Brit Pop contemporaries.
Nonetheless, Hannon’s pleasing ear
for composition and witty lyrics won him critical acclaim and comparisons to
the likes of Prefab Sprout. This early success even netted him the job of composing
the iconic Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted’s opening credits.
It all came crashing down with one of
the singer’s biggest hits, though.
The sardonic National Express was read
by critics (not unfairly) as a sneering condemnation of working class people,
and whilst the aristocratic Hannon argued the lyrics mocked his equally
well-to-do brother, the damage was well and truly done and his outfit never
shook the image of “posh toff smugly looking down on pop music and the riff
raff who listen to it.”
Now, let that be the last time
anyone on the Father Ted creative team lets ill-judged tastelessness totally derail