If you’re like me, you woke up Tuesday morning (like, really, really early), stumbled down to your underground media bunker (not as sexy as it sounds) and did a triple take when you saw the phrase “Har Mar Superstar” at the very top of Google Trends. Like, above Rudolph Valentino and the hot Mormon muffins calendar.
But we were probably confused for different reasons. See, I know who Har Mar is. In fact, I’m a huge fan of the balding, tubby Minnesota hunk of white funk thunder who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jon Lovitz’ character in “The Critic.” The singer (who also records under the name Sean Na Na and whose given name is Sean Tillman) has been making waves the past few weeks thanks to the outrageously weird video for the first single, “Tall Boy,” from his new album, Dark Touches. In case you haven’t seen it, two words will suffice: Eva Mendes.
Har Mar, whom “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon referred to as “one of the most unique performers” to emerge over the past few years, likely got the Google bump after a bigger slice of America caught wind of his unique stylings on Fallon’s Monday night show. Wearing an African-themed caftan, gold lamé cocktail gloves and red pants, the diminutive funkster shimmied across the stage, whipped his ape drape around and proved for the umpteenth time that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
The slinky performance of the shimmery funk tune that appears to swing both ways and which allegedly was offered to Britney Spears first, prompted Fallon to refer to Har Mar as a “legend.” It also drew praise from house band drummer ?uestlove of the Roots, who tweeted, “Hahahaha told my band they weren’t ready for Har Mar Superstar,” and Fallon himself, who added, “Har Mar Superstar done gone and did it on tonight’s show.”
Here’s everything else you need to know about Har Mar: he often ends up nearly nude during his shows (trust me, he gave my friend a very sweaty, intimate hug at a club show a few years ago that she will never forget), his 2004 album, The Handler has at least four absolutely classic, very nasty electro funk tunes on it (“Body Request,” “Cut Me Up,” “Back the Camel Up” and “Bird in the Hand”) and he made a cameo in the 2004 movie “Starsky and Hutch” as “Dancin’ Rick,” a disco champ who takes on Ben Stiller’s David Starsky.