Randomly had this going around in my head. Time was when any half decent pop act had their own chamber orchestra. The Divine Comedy, quite deservedly, attained some rather belated popularity and ended up writing the theme tune to Father Ted. The other, far less renowned contender, was My Life Story, who I had the good fortune to see twice – first supporting Blur, and then at Brighton’s Concorde, where they had 12 people on stage – almost more than people packed into the tiny venue – and Jake changed costume three times during the set!
While they had a handful of very minor hits hovering around the lower end of the charts, here are my two particular favourite songs.
and, for good measure, here’s a great track by The Divine Comedy. It starts off routinely enough, but the middle instrumental passage sends shivers down my spine.