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Microdisney was an Irish musical duo formed in 1980 by Cathal Coughlan (keyboards, vocals) and Sean O’Hagan (guitar).

Like many bands, who might otherwise have gone unrecognised, they were given a wider audience by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

They recorded for Virgin and Rough Trade. Albums included the early compilation “We Hate You South African Bastards!” (later renamed “Love Your Enemies”), “Everybody Is Fantastic”, “The Clock Comes Down The Stairs”, “Crooked Mile” and “39 Minutes”.

They disbanded in 1988, with Cathal forming Fatima Mansions and Sean High Llamas. Post break up 2 further compilations were issued of previously released material - “Big Sleeping House - a collection of Microdisney’s finest moments”, and the “Peel Sessions” which has most of their collected BBC John Peel sessions apart from the last one.

Microdisney released a controversial single in 1987 entitled “Singer’s Hampstead Home”. It was a very thinly veiled attack on the then popular Boy George (of Culture Club fame) and it is believed that this single release culminated in the Virgin label releasing Microdisney from their contract shortly after.


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  • Akayz7

    nice sound.

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Remember buying the Singer's Hampstead Home single.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Eurocoup

    I'm another American who likes them. But I resent success.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • brickbriscoe

    I love this band... wish I could find Crooked Mile on CD in the US

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • zues

    This band seems to be unknown in America, such a shame.

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • the_last_word

    There are a couple of albums not listed on - The Clock Comes Down The Stairs and The Peel Sessions Album.

    20 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    Final part of the 2nd season with the newcomer voting in the Irish Rock League. It's only your votes that decide!

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • gwelb

    I'll second the "they need to re-release" call. Coming to them late with Daunt Square... it's starting to irk me that there is a lot of material there I'll never likely hear.

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • tessemily

    kneejerk kneejerk kneejerk

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • lhodakblerz

    Everybody Is Beautiful seemed so odd for the first few plays when it first came out. However, the cry of I.... Love.... You! soon became worth waiting for. An 80's gem.

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Eurocoup


    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • chetnik91

    A truly great band...Cathal Coughlan was a Morrrissey way ahead of his time.......superb.

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • stratigoradio

    together with It's Immaterial, Microdisney are the two best act of the early 90's wonderful!

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Savage_listener

    Just got that compilation. It's pretty good, and the easiest way to get hold of a pretty wide selection. They need to do a full scale album re-release though, so deserving of it.

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Abikyogra

    Wonderful, wonderful Microdisney. Well overdue a reappraisal.

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Talula-belle

    New Microdisney compilation coming soon, Daunt Square to Elsewhere 1982-1988. Would anyone reccomend it?

    29 Oct 2007 Reply

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