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Title: Microdisney  
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Subject: John Porter (musician), Cathal Coughlan (singer), Who'll Stop the Rain (song), Rough Trade Records artists, Stereolab
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Origin Cork, Ireland
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1980-1988, 2012
Associated acts The Fatima Mansions, The High Llamas, Stump
Past members Cathal Coughlan
Sean O'Hagan
Nick Montgomery
Jon Fell
Dave Galvin
Chris McCarthy
Aisling Hayden
Rob McKahey
Ed Flesh
Tom Fenner
Steve Pregnant
James Compton

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


  • Original line-up 1
  • History 2
  • Discography 3
    • Albums 3.1
    • Singles 3.2
    • Songs of Note 3.3
  • References 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • External links 6

Original line-up

  • Vocals: Cathal Coughlan
  • Guitar: Sean O'Hagan
  • Bass: Jon Fell
  • Drums: Tom Fenner


During their career, Microdisney recorded for Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin record labels. Albums also included the early compilation We Hate You South African Bastards! (later renamed Love Your Enemies), Everybody Is Fantastic and The Clock Comes Down The Stairs. After signing to Virgin Records, they released two more albums Crooked Mile and 39 Minutes. In 1988, Microdisney disbanded.

Microdisney began The Fatima Mansions and O'Hagan founded The High Llamas, which Jon Fell soon joined, having been part of The Fatima Mansions up until the release of their first album. O'Hagan also worked with Stereolab. Three further compilations were issued of previously released material - Big Sleeping House, Peel Sessions (which has most of their collected BBC John Peel sessions, apart from Session One of 1984 and the last session of 1986), and Daunt Square to Elsewhere, a two-disc compilation. Perhaps not always recognised during their time as a group, Microdisney are held by many with equal regard to bands such as the Smiths.

Between 2013 and 2014, The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, Love Your Enemies and "Everybody is Fantastic" were reissued by Cherry Red Records, all CD versions only including a complete Peel Session and b sides from the corresponding singles. Due to licensing, the first session of 1984 was deleted from the track listing of "Everybody is Fantastic". Coughlan co-wrote The North Sea Scrolls with Luke Haines and Andrew Mueller, which was performed live in 2011, and released as an album in 2012.



  • Kaught At Kampus (vinyl 1980) Reekus (reissued on CD 2013)
  • Everybody Is Fantastic (1984) Rough Trade (UK Indie #6)(reissued (1996) Rev-Ola, with bonus track and again in 2013 with additional Peel session and b side)
  • We Hate You South African Bastards! (1984) Rough Trade (UK Indie #7 reissue 2013 ibid)
  • The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (1985) Rough Trade (UK Indie #1 reissue 20@3 ibid)
  • Crooked Mile (1987) Virgin
  • 39 Minutes (1988) Virgin
  • The Peel Sessions Album (1989) Strange Fruit
  • Big Sleeping House (1995) Virgin Vault
  • Love Your Enemies (1996) Rev-Ola
  • Daunt Square to Elsewhere: 1982-1988 (2007) Castle


  • "Hello Rascals" (1982) Kabuki
  • "Pink Skinned Man" (1983) Kabuki
  • "Dolly" (1984) Rough Trade
  • In the World EP (1985) Rough Trade (UK Indie #7)
  • "Birthday Girl" (1985) Rough Trade (UK Indie #6)
  • "Town to Town" (1987) Virgin (UK #55, IRE #30)[1]
  • "Singer's Hampstead Home" (1987) Virgin
  • "Gale Force Wind" (1988) Virgin (UK #98)[1]


Songs of Note

  • "Pink Skinned Man" (1983) Kabuki
  • "Dolly" (1984) Peel Session version
  • Goodbye It's 1987 The Clock comes down the Stairs LP (1985) Rough Trade (UK Indie #1)
  • "Rack" (1986) Crooked Mile Virgin LP & CD
  • "Soul Boy" (1987) Virgin LP & CD


  1. ^ a b Microdisney, ChartStats
  2. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4


Mark. J. Prendergast "Irish Rock: Roots, Personalities, Directions" [Paperback]

Cork Rock: From Rory Gallagher To The Sultans Of Ping by Mark McAvoy. Published by Mercier Press (2009) ISBN 9781856356558

External links

  • A Comprehensive Microdisney Fan Site
  • Microdisney entry in The Irish Punk & New Wave Discography
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