Sean O'Hagan

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Sean O'Hagan
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O'Hagan performing in 2011
Background information
Born 1960/1961 (age 56–57)[1]
Genres Avant-pop, experimental pop
Instruments Vocals, synthesizers, guitar
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts The High Llamas, Stereolab, Tim Gane, Turn On, Microdisney

Sean O'Hagan (born 1960 or 1961) 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.

Biography[edit]

O'Hagan is, alongside Cathal Coughlan, a founding member of Irish indie band Microdisney; the band initially formed in Cork but was based in London from 1982 until their split in 1988.[2] He released the solo album High Llamas in 1990, using that as the name for the band he subsequently formed. The High Llamas released a number of albums, showing influences from the Beach Boys, Ennio Morricone, Antonio Carlos Jobim and avant-garde electronica. He has also collaborated extensively with Stereolab, playing in the band until 1994 and appearing as a guest musician on later releases.[2]

In the mid 1990s, Brian Wilson was struggling 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" 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. They are scheduled to perform the album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs in full.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

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)

Other appearances

References[edit]

  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. 50. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  6. ^ Mersereau, Bob (2013) "Music Review: The Heavy Blinkers - Health", CBC, 13 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013

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