Irish band The Divine Comedy release new single ‘Norman and Norma’ set in Cromer
PUBLISHED: 11:28 31 May 2019
From the Alan Partridge movie set to the pages of Oscar Wilde, Cromer has often been used as a setting for books and films.
But now, after northern Irish band The Divine Comedy released their latest single, titled Norman and Norma, the town is set to become known for more than just its seafood and sunsets.
The Enniskillen chamber pop group's recent release from their upcoming album Office Politics, tells the story of a "heroically normal couple from Norfolk", named Norman and Norma.
And frontman and songwriter Neil Hannon, 48, said the inspiration for the pair, who, in the song's opening line, "got married in Cromer, [in] April 1983," came from "getting out of bed one morning singing something like the chorus."
The musician, who also wrote the theme songs for the two hit sitcoms Father Ted and The IT Crowd, added: "At some point I wrote the words Norman and Norma in my notebook.
"I don't know why, I suppose I just liked the sound of the words.
"It's always scary when you write an opening line like [that] and you realise you're going to have to tell their whole story."
The lyrics chart their way through the young couple's honeymoon: "They flew to Majorca and swam in the water, it felt just like having a bath,"; family life: "The firm Norma worked at wouldn't take her back after maternity leave,"; and eventual return to the Norfolk seaside town, despite longing for the sunnier climate and pina coladas of their younger days, with the lines: "They dreamt of Majorca but couldn't afford to go on Norman's salary."
And the family - with "three lovely daughters Nadia, Nora and Niamh" - go instead to Cromer, where they get "double pneumonia".
The video for the track, directed by Raphael Neal and shot entirely in black and white, shows Hannon singing and playing the piano, interspersed with scenes from the couple's life together.
Neal said his aim for the video was to match the mood of the song's "evocative lyrics" and "tell the story of quite realistic characters" without being "too literal".
The Divine Comedy's album Office Politics will be released on Friday, June 7, and can be pre-ordered now.
And lead single Norman and Norma is available to download, buy or stream.