The Divine Comedy – ‘Norman and Norma’

The Divine Comedy have shared new single ‘Norman and Norma’ ahead of the release of new album ‘Office Politics’ on 7 June.

Combining elements of ’80s legends ELO and the Human League with Belle and Sebastian’s twee quirks, the piano-led song finds Neil Hannon telling the story of a Norfolk couple named Norman and Norma (not from Bates Motel, sadly) who have to contend with all of life’s foibles as they raise a family. After getting married, they have the time of their lives on a honeymoon in Mallorca but then devastatingly Norma loses her job after maternity and they can never return on Norman’s salary alone.

As their children move out and their love begins to stagnate, the couple look for something to spice up their relationship – and they find it in the unlikely surroundings of a Norman battlefield re-enactment ‘fighting like its 1066’ – complete with chainmail and helmets…


Catch The Divine Comedy on the following live dates:

June: In-stores

Wed 5th Kingston Upon Thames, Banquet Records at Pryzm
Sat 8th Manchester, HMV
Mon 10th Perth, Assai Records at Inchyra Arts Club
Wed 12th Dublin, Tower Records


Sun 6th Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Mon 7th Belfast, Ulster Hall
Tue 8th Cork, Opera House
Thu 10th Glasgow, Old Fruitmarket
Fri 11th Birmingham, O2 Institute
Sat 12th Oxford, O2 Academy 1
Mon 14th Bristol, O2 Academy
Tue 15th Leeds, Metropolitan University (Leeds Beckett University)
Wed 16th Brighton, Dome
Thu 17th London, Eventim Apollo
Fri 18th Manchester, Albert Hall



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