Failte go dtí ...        Welcome to ...

« Previous Artist


Next Artist »
Formed in Cork in 1980 by vocalist Cathal Coughlan and guitarist Sean O'Hagan. Coughlan later went on to form 'The Fatima Mansions'.

About Microdisney


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

During their career, Microdisney recorded for Kabuki, Rough Trade and Virgin record labels. Albums also included the early compilation Love Your Enemies (also known as We Hate You South African Bastards!), 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.


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

Original line-up[edit]


Microdisney began recording in their native town of Cork, Ireland. Their first few singles, including "Pink Skinned Man", were released on indie label Kabuki records (the label which was also home to Irish artists such as Roger Doyle, Kissed Air and Five Go Down To The Sea). One of their earliest recordings from this period is a live performance of "National Anthem" released on Reekus records (featured on "Kaught at the Kampus EP"). The group moved to Cricklewood London, and signed to Rough Trade, with John Porter (producer of The Smiths) producing some tracks on their debut album, Everybody is Fantastic. This album featured most of their earlier session work from 1983 and some newer songwriting ("Dolly", "Escalator in the Rain", "Sun"). It was also during this time that the band became acquainted with John Peel, who championed their music,[citation needed] and gave them the first of several "Peel Sessions" (they recorded a total of three Peel sessions during 1984 alone).[citation needed]

Soon after bassist Jon Fell and drummer Tom Fenner were added as a permanent rhythm section. Their last recording for Rough Trade was the 1985 release, The Clock Comes Down the Stairs, which reached No.1 on the UK Indie Chart and featured some compositions reflective of the political history of Ireland[citation needed] and the new 1980 driven formation of Eastern Europe.[citation needed] The album featured the song "Goodbye It's 1987". The 'Clock' was followed by the Lenny Kaye produced "Crooked Mile". "Town to Town" (1987) is a rock song about powerless but morally null individuals attempting to live normal lives under threat of nuclear holocaust. It is singled out in Irish Rock literature,[citation needed] while 1985's The Clock Comes Down the Stairs was voted no. 1 album of the 1980s in the 1989 end-of-year edition of the now-defunct Irish newspaper The Sunday Tribune.[citation needed]. "Town to Town" was the group's only song to reach the top 40 in Ireland. It was a minor hit on both the Irish singles chart and UK charts, reaching #30 in Ireland, and #55 in the UK. Their 1987 single "Singer's Hampstead Home" was described by Cathal as being inspired by a newspaper article showing a huge house bought by Boy George.[citation needed]

Following the disbandment of Microdisney, Coughlan went on to record 1989's "Against Nature" on Kitchenware with 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.

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".[citation needed] 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.





* is a contributor to Wikipedia and we encourage our visitors to contribute to Wikipedia if you have any additional information to share about a particular band/artist

Download Microdisney MP3s

Download 25 FREE songs at! The emusic service offers MP3s downloads of many of the artists listed on Click the emusic image on the left to sign up for a free trail and then search emusic to see if Microdisney tracks are available on the site.


If you have any comments you would like to add about Microdisney, please enter them here:
Your Name:
Verification Code: verification code
Enter the above verification code here:
Back to list of Irish Rock Artists