O'Hagan performing in 2011
|Born||1960/1961 (age 56–57)|
|Genres||Avant-pop, experimental pop|
|Instruments||Vocals, synthesizers, guitar|
|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.
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. 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.
In the mid 1990s, Brian Wilson was struggling to organize a comeback album with the Beach Boys and collaborator Andy Paley. After the group's Bruce Johnston heard Hawaii (1996), an unsuccessful attempt was made to coordinate a collaboration between O'Hagan and Wilson. 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.
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.
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)
- Page, Tim (2002). "The High Llamas". Tim Page on Music: Views and Reviews. Amadeus Press. ISBN 978-1-57467-076-9.
- McClintock, J. Scott "Sean O'Hagan Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013
- 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.
- Lester, Paul (June 1998). "The High Llamas: Hump Up the Volume". Uncut.
- Lien, James (October 1997). "Sean O'Hagan: The Highest Llama". CMJ New Music Monthly. 50. ISSN 1074-6978.
- Mersereau, Bob (2013) "Music Review: The Heavy Blinkers - Health", CBC, 13 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013