TS: The High Llamas vs The Beach Boys (no, really)

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O'Hagan was approached by "Brian's people" to do some stuff for the Beach Boys in the mid-'90s. He went to LA; first thing he saw was Mike Love bearing down on him asking if it were true that all Englishmen were "faggots." Exit O'Hagan stage left quicksnap.
-- Marcello Carlin (marcellocarli...), May 5th, 2005.


I never heard that about Mike Love. I guess there's more reasons to dislike him.

-- 99 der leuft balloonnnss (dododod...), May 5th, 2005. (later)

Yes, told in a 1997 Uncut feature w/ Brian on the cover. We have Sean O'Hagen's squeamishness to thank (in part) for never getting one last record out of them. I mean, as a huge fan of the Beach Boys, it must have come as a great shock to him to learn that Mike Love was actually a jerk.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 5 May 2005 20:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Sean's a good arranger but he can't write songs for shit, frankly

There are a few cases of him managing to write good songs. They are called "Checking In, Checking Out" and "Giddy And Gay", both brilliant songs.

But generally, you are kind of right.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 5 May 2005 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

i dunno, i think the whole premise of this thread is a bit unfair. like "luna vs. the velvet underground". OBVIOUSLY, the latter band is going to emerge victorious. but that doesn't mean that the High Llamas/Luna/whoever are totally worthless. the high llamas are quite clearly working off of a template set in place by Brian Wilson, just like Luna is working off of the VU template (generally speaking--i know these bands have plenty of other influences). But what the hell--personally, i'd put Gideon Gaye up there with anything the Beach Boys have done, just like Penthouse is up there with anything the VU did. The High Llamas aren't innovators--that's where they fall short. But they've made some pretty beautiful music. and for what it's worth, I quite liked the live show they put on when they last toured the states.

tylerw, Thursday, 5 May 2005 22:51 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

Love the High Llamas. Sean O'Hagan is a wizard. The more of his (and Cathal Coughlan's) songs I chord out and present on a website I've been building - COUGHLANOHAGAN.COM - the more I see just how great O'Hagan was and remains (as well as his songwriting partner from Microdisney, Coughlan).

weirwrite, Saturday, 23 May 2020 06:43 (two months ago) link

I've loved O'Hagan's music for a long, long time. In fact, it was one of two reasons why I launched a website around his music https://coughlanohagan.com/.

weirwrite, Saturday, 23 May 2020 06:46 (two months ago) link


thomasintrouble, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:41 (two months ago) link

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