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Har Mar Superstar

To put it bluntly, Har Mar Superstar (a.k.a. Sean Tillman) is a balding, out-of-shape white man with a pencil-thin moustache who croons sex-laden R&B tunes while breakdancing. His live shows, sung to the backing of a small boom box, usually culminate in Har Mar stripping down to his underwear (often of the tighty whitey variety). That's only part of the story, though, for he also happens to sing well and write some fine tunes. In fact, he has penned songs for Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Osbourne; the latter was also his date for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. He was also picked up by the major label Warner Bros. for his sophomore effort, You Can Feel Me, and tapped to open shows for the Strokes and Incubus in sizeable venues. In another incarnation, St. Paul, MN, native Sean Tillman is known as the cult indie-rocker Sean Na Na. He first emerged as a recording artist in the St. Paul, MN, band Calvin Krime in the late '90s; his self-titled debut as Har Mar Superstar emerged in 2000, launching his libidinous, sometimes B-boy prone, R&B persona. The 2002 follow-up, while still dabbling in irony, turned out to be a more fully realized, well-produced, and downright funky release. The project forced many to recognize that trapped inside this chubby white man (who looks like a cross between porn legend Ron Jeremy and comic actor Jack Black) is a first-class soul crooner. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine featured Har Mar Superstar as one of its "new faces" of 2002. ~ Erik Hage, All Music Guide

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