| Har Mar Superstar
(First Avenue, Minneapolis, Thursday, May 29th, 2003)
By by David de Young
So how was the show? For the entirety of Har Mar's First Avenue performance last night and for several hours afterwards if you had asked me that question I would have given you a blank stare, and maybe even shaken my head a bit in both disbelief and confusion.
There are few people with neutral opinions about Mr. Harold Martin Tillman, aka Sean, aka Har Mar Superstar. But for a couple of hours last night I enjoyed my uncommon position on the Har Mar fence not really understanding what I was seeing well enough to truthfully say where I stood.
Then the show started to sink in.
Har Mar had emerged wearing a red silk robe and treated us to brief a speech about his new found stardom. He's landed a gig spinning disks on the Spanish isle of Ibiza every Monday night from June 16th to September 29. They have different laws there, he says, so it'll be just like this show, except he'll be getting blowjobs while singing.
And what about his recently much-publicized illness? Har Mar had to cancel
several UK gigs this spring when he came down with shingles. "Have
you ever had shingles," he asked the crowd at First Avenue. "It's
fucking awesome!" Then he repeated the words from his website that
have oft been talked about in the British press (especially on XFM
in London that is playing a remix of his latest single "EZ Pass"
like every 1.5 hours around the clock) that he wants to get all the pirate
diseases including scurvy, rickets and a peg leg. All his subsequent pirate
diseases would, of course, be just as "fucking awesome" as his
At one point during the set Har Mar sat down at the drum kit and played some really, really bad drums for a minute. "Ever feel like a sad clown?" he remarked from behind the kit. "That's how I feel right now." Of course he pointed out that that with a little more practice, he would be, well you know, badass.
He dedicated "Power Lunch" from his new disk, "You Can
Feel Me." (Warner Brothers, 2002.) to "all the business ladies
I want to fuck." Also from the new disk were "Freedom Summer"
and "E Z Pass," during which I leaned on the First Avenue wall
on the west side of the club by the ATM and got a huge glob of gum on
my denim jacket. Sean Hoffman's (Viovoom, Beatifics, etc.) tip to "get
some ice cubes, it'll come right off" was spot on, but I missed the
rest of the song while I took care of that gacky business.
"You Can Feel Me" review on Popmatters.com
Read Dara Moskowitz wonderful and detailed review of this same show here: