Seems like I have been pimping out Har Mar Superstar a lot lately. I can’t help it, he’s great. I still have yet to hear the entire album that just dropped recently called Dark Touches but I did get to hear the first single from the release “Tallboy”. Electro-catchy and now put into video format for you all to enjoy.
Fun little fact for you all: This song was was originally submitted for Britney Spears. After Spears rejected the song Har Mar decided to sing it himself. I think it was meant to be…
Are you still reading this? Well I might as well add one more Har Mar tidbit. There is a movie about the hot hot sport of roller derby coming out this weekend called Whip It. Har Mar plays a roller derby coach in the movie. He also recorded a cover of an Association song, “Never My Love”, with Flea, yes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on the horns that can be heard during the credits as well as on the soundtrack to the movie.
Two Flea references in two posts… It was a fluke I swear!!!
What? You have not heard of Whip It yet? Well of course I will post a trailer of the movie…
I’m not going to lie, this movie scares the crap out of me. One, I know I will like it. That Juno girl always wins me over. Two, I am a huge fan of roller derby and I am afraid this movie it going to make the sport too popular. Before you know it, Kanye is going to make a rap song about it.
The sport does deserve credit, those women take a lot of pain in doing what they love. It’s real. I am glad that there are real actors in this movie too though… I will be checking it out.
It just seems to me that sometimes people will look for anything to make a movie. What’s next, a movie about two people playing cornhole who fall in love? I think I am on to something…
Thanks to one of my readers named Jen my dreams of one day making a cornhole movie were shattered after she brought this to my attention…
If you have never heard of Har Mar Superstar and claim to have a sense of humor as well as hold an appreciation towards those who work hard at the music they create, you are missing out.
I will say though, Har Mar is not for everyone.
Born Sean Tillman, Har Mar Superstar can be defined as a singer/songwriter with major indie(undie)-pop / R&B / dance qualities. He is a performer like none other and has made a huge name for himself in the UK in past years. In 2004 he released The Handler and in October he will be dropping an all new album titled Dark Touches. Not only does he write his own music, but he also writes for others making this guy one of the harder working artists out there.
On Dark Touches, Har Mar will take his dance club pop style to a whole new level thanks to his dedicated work to his moniker and will feature a huge roster of special guests including P.O.S., The Faint‘s sick beat creators Clark Baechle and Jacob Thirle, and even is joined by John Fields who has produced many acts including Andrew WK and Rooney.
To make things even more interesting Dark Touches will include a track that Har Mar co-wrote that was originally intended for pop superstar Britney Spears. Rejected by Britany Spears’ management for unknown reasons, Har Mar decided he keep the track “Tall Boy” and include it on his upcoming album with unchanged lyrics and his added style making for an interesting listen.
I can still remember the first time I had the pleasure of checking out Har Mar Superstar. It was 2001 and the then unknown artist was the opening act for Tenacious D. Har Mar came to the stage all by himself and performed to the crowd his material while slowly stripping throughout to his tighty whities.
The crowd was speechless.
I was cheering as loudly as I could. All the silent folk around me turned their heads from the stage and looked at me with the same puzzled look. Others in the theater were cheering too but I am pretty sure that not all of the applause was sincere. Mine was.
I cheered for a couple of reasons.
One being for his performance. It was good. He sang pop like songs sometimes heavy on the R&B over pre-recorded material. He danced about the stage in his own style and proved to have better moves that many people who frequent over priced dance clubs.
I also cheered because this guy had the balls to take the stage and do his thing without hesitation. There was a lot of heckling and plenty of booing during the show but Har Mar just blew it off like it was nothing. He believed in himself and even if his performance included scrapping his attire, I appreciated his performance.
Since the night I made sure to check out all that he has released and I not once was disappointed. “DUI”, a track from The Handler is a track that still remains in heavy rotation in my musical listening choices.
It’s been five years since I last heard from Har Mar and it’s true, I am excited to hear what is to come from this insanely talented performer. Look for the new album to drop in the states on October 13th.
After a five-year proper-album break since 2004’s The Handler, Har Mar Superstar, sexy as ever, is ready to unleash Dark Touches on the masses. On Dark Touches, Sean Tillmann – the singer, songwriter, and producer behind the Har Mar moniker – delivers his most club-friendly collection of jams yet. Tillmann’s silky smooth croon and tongue-in-cheek lyrics lead a nonstop dance party that blends everything from synth-pop to R&B, with ample hooks around every corner.
Dark Touches builds a bridge between the worlds of indie and Top 40 dance music, thanks in part to an eclectic group of collaborators. The album’s many guests include John Fields (Andrew WK, The Jonas Brothers, Rooney), The Faint’s beatmakers Clark Baechle and Jacob Thiele, singer-songwriter Adam Green, P.O.S. of the Rhymesayers collective, Neon Neon’s Boom Bip, Flowers of Doom, and Samaire Armstrong. The Bird and The Bee’s Greg Kurstin, who has also produced tracks for Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Lily Allen, co-wrote and lent his studio wizardry to “Tall Boy.” The track was originally intended for Spears and, with the unchanged lyrics, takes on a vibrant new life in the hands of Har Mar.
Of course no Har Mar song is complete without Tillmann’s signature lyrics, which are both outrageously absurd and witty. “I Got Next,” which features The Bird and The Bee’s Inara George, details Tillmann’s practice of asking women to sign contracts that put him next in line to date if they ever leave their current boyfriend. He has also penned an anthem for the ladies with “Girls Night,” a track that was once intended for The Cheetah Girls, and like “Tall Boy,” maintains the original lyrics, written from a female perspective.
Tillmann is also getting ready to dip his toes into the world of Hollywood with the release of Whip It, a film directed by Drew Barrymore. As if he isn’t wearing enough hats already, Tillmann is actively developing his own movie scripts and sitcom pilots. Along with his golden pipes, the ability to juggle multiple creative outlets is sure to win him entry into both the hearts and undergarments of women and men everywhere.