Sean O'Hagan

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Sean O'Hagan
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O'Hagan performing in 2011
Background information
Born1959 [1]
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizers, guitar
Years active1980–present
Associated actsThe High Llamas, Stereolab, Tim Gane, Turn On, Microdisney

Sean O'Hagan (born 1959) is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, 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 duo Microdisney and for his work with the English-French band Stereolab.


O'Hagan 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.[2] 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.[2]

In the mid 1990s, Brian Wilson was attempting to organize a comeback album with the Beach Boys and collaborator Andy Paley.[3] After the group's Bruce Johnston heard Hawaii (1996), an unsuccessful attempt was made to coordinate a collaboration between O'Hagan and Wilson.[4] 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.[5]

In 1996, he collaborated with Tim Gane as Turn On, releasing an album of the same name on Drag City Records.[2] They also worked together on the soundtrack to the film La Vie d'Artiste.[2]

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. ISBN 978-1-57467-076-9.
  2. ^ a b c d McClintock, J. Scott "Sean O'Hagan Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Lester, Paul (June 1998). "The High Llamas: Hump Up the Volume". Uncut.
  5. ^ Lien, James (October 1997). "Sean O'Hagan: The Highest Llama". CMJ New Music Monthly. Vol. 50. ISSN 1074-6978.
  6. ^ Fantasma (CD Liner). Cornelius. 1998.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (9 March 1999). "REMIX MANIA!". MTV News.
  8. ^ Mersereau, Bob (2013) "Music Review: The Heavy Blinkers - Health", CBC, 13 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013

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