Sean O'Hagan

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Sean O'Hagan
O'Hagan performing in 2011
O'Hagan performing in 2011
Background information
Born1959 (age 61–62)[1]
Luton, England[2]
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizers, guitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsThe High Llamas, Stereolab, Tim Gane, Turn On, Microdisney

Sean O'Hagan (born 1959) is an Irish singer, songwriter, and arranger who leads the avant-pop band The High Llamas, which he founded in 1992. He is also known for being one half of the songwriting duo (with Cathal Coughlan) in Microdisney and for his work with the English-French band Stereolab.


O'Hagan was born in England to Irish parents, moving to Cork as a teenager.[2]

He is a founding member of the Irish indie band Microdisney, alongside Cathal Coughlan; the band initially formed in Cork but was based in London from 1982 until their split in 1988.[3] He released a solo album titled High Llamas in 1990, which would become the name of a band he subsequently formed. The High Llamas were influenced by the Beach Boys, Ennio Morricone, Antonio Carlos Jobim and avant-garde electronica. He has also collaborated extensively with Stereolab, he was an official member from 1993 to 1994, and is credited as a guest musician on later releases.[3]

In the mid 1990s, Brian Wilson was attempting to organize a comeback album with the Beach Boys and collaborator Andy Paley.[4] After the group's Bruce Johnston heard Hawaii (1996), an unsuccessful attempt was made to coordinate a collaboration between O'Hagan and Wilson.[5] According to O'Hagan, he attended one meeting with Wilson and two with the Beach Boys, but the "two separate camps" within the group couldn't be reconciled.[6]

In 1996, he collaborated with Tim Gane as Turn On, releasing an album of the same name on Drag City Records.[3] They also worked together on the soundtrack to the film La Vie d'Artiste.[3]

On 27 November 2017, it was announced that O'Hagan and Coughlan would reform Microdisney for a one-off concert in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 2 June 2018. Coughlan subsequently stated on his website that due to the sellout of the Dublin show, they would be performing a one-off in London as well. They are scheduled to perform the album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs in full.[citation needed]


Studio albums and soundtracks

  • High Llamas (1990)
  • La Vie d'artiste (2007) (with Tim Gane)
  • The Musical Paintings Volume 1 (2008) (with Jean Pierre Muller)
  • Copacabana (2010) (with Tim Gane)
  • Radum Calls, Radum Calls (2019)

Stereolab appearances

Other appearances


  1. ^ Page, Tim (2002). "The High Llamas". Tim Page on Music: Views and Reviews. Amadeus Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-57467-076-9.
  2. ^ a b Power, Ed (28 June 2017). "Sean O'Hagan returns to 'cosmopolitan' Cork". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d McClintock, J. Scott "Sean O'Hagan Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013
  4. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2006). Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Rodale. pp. 280–291. ISBN 978-1-59486-320-2.
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (June 1998). "The High Llamas: Hump Up the Volume". Uncut.
  6. ^ Lien, James (October 1997). "Sean O'Hagan: The Highest Llama". CMJ New Music Monthly. Vol. 50. ISSN 1074-6978.
  7. ^ Fantasma (CD Liner). Cornelius. 1998.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Wolk, Douglas (9 March 1999). "REMIX MANIA!". MTV News.
  9. ^ Mersereau, Bob (2013) "Music Review: The Heavy Blinkers - Health", CBC, 13 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013

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