Sean Tillman has been a sex god for years. Whether performing as Har Mar Superstaras he will tonight at Mercury Lounge in support of his new record, Dark Touchesas Sean Na Na or in his former band Calvin Krime, Tillman always puts on a show. And its not always just with music; just recently it was announced that he would be working with actor pal Ellen Page to pen a new HBO comedy. Rebecca Huval caught up with Tillman to talk Ron Jeremy, Minnesota and, um, nipple hair.
Let's start with the question on everyone's mind: do you do it for the ladies or the music?
I do it for ladies' music.
As a wee Minnesotan, did you grow up idolizing Ron Jeremy?
Not really. I think he actually idolized me. Some naked baby photos of me got leaked, and my huge cock drew crowds from all over the country. This was pre-Internet, mind you; totally word of mouth. I have a disease not unlike Jonathan Winters' character on Mork and Mindy. I was born with a healthy adult penis and will die with a baby penis. It's a curious case...
What do you miss most about your namesake, the Har Mar Mall in Roseville, Minn.?
I miss the movie theaters in the Har Mar Mallthey're totally gone now. My favorite day ever was the day I drove by and saw Superstar on the marqueegenius, thank you, Molly Shannon. I also miss the Cub Scout store. That shit was awesomely creepy.
What is it about performing topless that gets you fired up?
I think the thrill of pulling out bits of nipple hair and sprinkling them on the masses really gets me fired up. Also, I hate myself.
Which alter ego is most like the real Sean Tillman: Har Mar Superstar or Sean Na Na?
There is no real Sean Tillmann. I'm more ethereal than that. As you read this I'm floating above you hoping to God you ask something about my music.
When did you become part of the Alia Shawkat and Ellen Page trio?
I joined when it became a trio. I had to wait patiently the first 9 years of my life for them to be born, then it was on.
The three of you will write Stitch N' Bitch, a show about Williamsburg hipster girls who move to L.A. to become artists. Do you identify with their quest?
I think everyone identifies with that quest, hipster or not. It's all about finding your place in the world. We just made them hipsters so we could make fun of ourselves and everyone around us.
Will you keep writing songs after you become an L.A. hotshot?
I will write songs forever. I've been an L.A. hotshot for years.