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

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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 (sixteen 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


thomasintrouble, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:41 (one year ago) link

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