So far American audiences have taken Sean Tillman’s lil’ lothario shtick with a big grain of salt, but our counterparts overseas have embraced his Har Mar Superstar character with an alarming intensity. The pudgy prince of ironic do-me R & B spent the summer in Europe, stripping to his skivvies on the festival circuit, conducting a phenomenally popular weekly residency on the party island of Ibiza, and writing a column for the NME; in August a daily in his native Minneapolis reported rumors that Britain’s Channel 4 wants to give him his own sitcom. Now, in the latest and weirdest turn of events, he’s taken a job as celebrity spokesman for the Vladivar vodka brand, appearing in a series of ads that’ve mostly been too racy for British censors. (In one unforgettable shot, he simulates sex with a giant pink unicorn.) Still, judging by all the attention the campaign has enjoyed, it probably won’t be long before Har Mar’s writhing atop a Jaguar in his tighty whities. Recently relocated to LA (where he claims to have taken up residence at Motley Crue’s old West Hollywood party pad), Har Mar is working on a full-length follow-up to 2002’s You Can Feel Me. He’ll ring in the New Year headlining a spirited holiday bill with Quintron & Miss Pussycat (see Spot Check), local noiseniks No Doctors, and DJs Champagne James, Friar Tuck, and Jordan Zawideh. Wednesday, December 31, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Steven Lippman.