New Single & Video: The Best Mistakes

Nov, 2021

From The Upcoming Album 'Charmed Life - The Best Of The Divine Comedy'

"Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other.”
Neil Hannon

After thirty years in music Neil Hannon has taken on many roles and led us on a myriad of journeys through his songwriting. In the run up to the release of Charmed Life - The Best Of The Divine Comedy we are proud to present new single The Best Mistakes.

“I began writing The Best Mistakes around 2007/8”, says Neil. “I got stuck after the first chorus and put it to one side. It wasn’t until I was putting together this compilation that the concept of ‘my best mistakes’ suddenly made sense. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other.”

New single The Best Mistakes is available now to stream and download. If you have bought any format of Charmed Life from our online store The Best Mistakes will appear in the downloads section of your account.

We're also delighted to share the video for The Best Mistakes. Directed by long-term collaborator Raphaël Neal, the video casts a reflective gaze over Neil's career:
“It was Neil's idea to have moments from his career projected onto him. Going through 30 years of imagery was really moving - so rich in colours, costumes, stories. We were witnessing an artist's journey. The song is about looking behind with kindness, remembering the highs and the lows, but also pays tribute to being at peace with the present. As Neil says in the lyrics, "if I had to choose between then and now I’d choose now."

Charmed Life - The Best Of The Divine Comedy is set for release on 4th February 2022 and can be pre-ordered now. Do remember to check out our webstore for the great bundles and exclusive Charmed Life lyric sheet hand signed by Neil! The band are on tour in Spring 2022 and can't wait to play live again - click here for a full list of dates and ticket links.

Main Photo: Kevin Westenberg