Nottingham Post: Interview - The Duckworth Lewis Method

The Nottingham Post chat to our Cricket Pop heroes.


IT is no coincidence that a duo who write and perform cricket-themed songs are heading this way the night before The Ashes opens at Trent Bridge.

The Duckworth Lewis Method is a project by the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon with Thomas Walsh, a member of Irish band Pugwash.

"I met Thomas when I moved to Dublin in 2002 and we became buddies," says Hannon, who is also responsible for the Father Ted theme tune.

"I loved his band. As the decade wore on we tried writing songs together, and the tunes were always good but the lyrics were always rubbish.

"Eventually it came to pass that we were both pretty mad into cricket. The 2005 Ashes was all very exciting and in a drunken moment in a pub we thought how funny it would be to write a record about cricket. We brainstormed into my notebook that night and came up with virtually all of the ideas for the songs for the first album... and quite a few of the ones for the second."

He adds: "Sometimes the best times to have all the ideas are all in one go, when you're excited about a project."

The self-titled debut album was released just ahead of the 2009 Ashes and featured Phill Jupitus, Alexander Armstrong and Matt Berry, while the second, Sticky Wickets, includes contributions from Berry, Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Henry Blofeld and David Lloyd.

"This one is a bit more varied in style compared to the first record – it's very hard to pinpoint an actual genre," says Hannon.

"The first track sort of sounds like The Who meets The Stones. It goes through the whole remit of our tastes. Thomas is very much more 60s and 70s, while I'm a bit more late 70s to 80s along with an awful lot of classical music and jazz."

As for the guests he says: "We thought 'why not get somebody who has a good reading voice to help?' Stephen Fry had tweeted nicely about the first album so we thought we'd give it a go, never expecting for one moment that he'd say yes."

Hannon has many memories of being in Nottingham with the Divine Comedy – not all of them good ones.

"Back in 96' when I was promoting (the album) Casanova, we supported Supergrass at Rock City and I have vivid memories of being abused by someone in the front row. It was a girl hanging off one of those columns shouting obscenities at me because we were wearing pretty flamboyant clothes."

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