OPO/POO: Daniel Johnston

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I'd go with "I Did Acid With Caroline"; it's simple even for him, but it's pleasant to listen to.

Curtis Stephens, Sunday, 12 January 2003 00:38 (sixteen years ago) link

been always partial to "Grievances", me

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Sunday, 12 January 2003 00:44 (sixteen years ago) link

"Desperate Man Blues." Gives me chills. Alternately, "Never Relaxed."

Douglas (Douglas), Sunday, 12 January 2003 02:59 (sixteen years ago) link

"Casper the Friendly Ghost."

mike a (mike a), Sunday, 12 January 2003 03:50 (sixteen years ago) link

"Desperate Man Blues." Gives me chills.

I'll second that.

Phil (phil), Sunday, 12 January 2003 04:21 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm partial to "Walking the Cow"

James Blount (James Blount), Sunday, 12 January 2003 04:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Grievances or SPeeding motorcycle (the version with Yo la tengo on the phone/radioshow....)

Jens (brighter), Sunday, 12 January 2003 09:50 (sixteen years ago) link

"Museum of Love"

donut bitch (donut), Sunday, 12 January 2003 10:38 (sixteen years ago) link

"Casper" (not "C. the Friendly Ghost") or "Almost Got Hit By A Truck"

kieran, Sunday, 12 January 2003 11:03 (sixteen years ago) link

"Big Business Monkey"!

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Sunday, 12 January 2003 18:34 (sixteen years ago) link

"Funeral Home" (the version on Continued Story)

T. Weiss (Timmy), Sunday, 12 January 2003 21:06 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
What the hell is "Danny Don't Rap" about?

Aaron A., Tuesday, 22 March 2005 05:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Walking The Cow is beautiful and Hey Joe is a real heartbreaker too. But the Johnston songs I cherish the most are the ones with hope, no matter how desperate: Go, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Greiviance, True Love Will Find You In The End.

Speeding Motorcycle is ace though and covers by Yo La Tengo and the Pastels are wonderful.

Anyone got the tribute album? It's tremendous by and large. Flaming Lips & Sparklehorse do beautiful things with Go and M Ward contributes an awesome Story Of An Artist.

stew, Tuesday, 22 March 2005 09:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I like "My Life Is Starting Over" from Artistic Vice

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 22 March 2005 12:55 (fourteen years ago) link

artistic vice is such a great, heartbreaking, hilarious album. some of the best laurie songs ever. the song "etiquette" is my comedy favorite, and a great intro to daniel (it was my intro). but the album 1990 is maybe my all time favorite album. daniel alone at the piano. "true love will find you in the end" and "some things last a long time" AHHH the beauty!!!!

frijoles, Tuesday, 22 March 2005 14:24 (fourteen years ago) link

"Speeding Motorcycle"

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 22 March 2005 14:32 (fourteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

Sad news:

So terribly sad to hear the news, from my dear friend Jeff Tartakov, that Daniel Johnston died late last night. Daniel is my all time favourite pop songwriter. His music captured so much with its honesty, humour, poignancy and great melodic heart. https://t.co/sULL7Ib3RJ pic.twitter.com/S7JWJaJcgn

— Duglas T Stewart (@DuglasTStewart) September 11, 2019

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:54 (one week ago) link

Oh fucking no :(

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:58 (one week ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:00 (one week ago) link

RIP, what a songwriter


sleeve, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:11 (one week ago) link

rip, ugh

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:19 (one week ago) link

but the album 1990 is maybe my all time favorite album. daniel alone at the piano. "true love will find you in the end" and "some things last a long time" AHHH the beauty!!!!

this was the first one i heard, and still my favorite. and those two are my very favorites.


I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:23 (one week ago) link

RIP Daniel :(

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:24 (one week ago) link

Ah jesus, terrible news. RIP.

emil.y, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:40 (one week ago) link

There for sure will never be another like him

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:49 (one week ago) link

otm. no one could ever take his place

fremmes with neppavenettes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:06 (one week ago) link

RIP Daniel, proper DIY genius

electrobiscuit, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 21:28 (one week ago) link

god, RIP, what a fascinating figure and supernaturally talented songwriter

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:27 (one week ago) link

He was incredible. Grateful for how often his music gave me goosebumps with a simple and honest lyric. Thought of this lyric in particular when I heard the news:

Gee, it's great to be alive
Takes the skin right off my hide
To think I'll have to give it all up some day

triggercut, Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:06 (one week ago) link

been a while since i've genuinely teared up over a musician's death.

Non stop chantar (crüt), Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:42 (one week ago) link

didn't know there was another thread on this. sad news and wished i knew more of his stuff. RIP.

Bee OK, Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:57 (one week ago) link

This blows :(

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:19 (one week ago) link

Have always mentally associated Daniel with Roky Erickson (both Texan visionaries, both have have touch of the William Blakes about them (Daniel's drawings, Roky's lyrics)). And now we've lost them both within a couple of months.

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:06 (one week ago) link

this has been a bad year overall for outré music heroes

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:29 (one week ago) link

cried. met dj ten years ago - he signed my ticket for the show in my friends eyeliner with a trembly hand. never a purer soul. chord organs sing on. god bless.

meaulnes, Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:03 (one week ago) link


Around 2007 / 2008 Daniel Johnston played several shows in Dublin @Vicar_Street and @whelanslive Accompanied by his brother and minder Dick, Daniel brought an all-star band of great musicians and songwriters to Whelan’s on July 27th and 28th.

— Leagues O'Toole (@foggynotions) September 11, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:13 (one week ago) link

just ate a big mcdonalds in your honour, dan. there's golden arches waiting for ya up there.

meaulnes, Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:18 (one week ago) link

Strong Sad's @danieljohnston tribute. I just couldn't bring myself to throw creamed corn at him like I planned. pic.twitter.com/NbYVobJos1

— Strong Bad (@StrongBadActual) September 13, 2019

☮ (peace, man), Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:32 (six days ago) link

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