History Music / DanielJohnston

12th Aug '16 4:56:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* OtherCitiesInTexas: Is strongly associated with the culture of Austin, Texas and has had a strong influence on its "Keep Austin Weird" movement. His "Hi, How Are You?" frog mural remains a landmark of the city.
20th Feb '16 9:01:31 PM SomeRandomBastard
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* TheDogBitesBack: "No More Pushing Joe Around" seems to be about a man who's fed up with the world and decides to fight back.
-->''No more pushing Joe around\\
No more pushing Joe around\\
There'll be no more pushing Joe around\\
He's up and punching now''
7th Sep '15 6:29:15 PM Prime8NStuff
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* VocalEvolution: Dan's voice changed a lot over the years. In the early 80s, his singing voice was almost boyish (listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOLNJ5s-S4c this recording of "To Go Home"]] off 1982's ''The What of Whom'', in which he sounds like a 12-year-old, he was 21 during the recording of the song.). By the late 90s, his voice had changed dramatically, probably due to chain smoking.

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* VocalEvolution: Dan's voice changed a lot over the years. In the early 80s, his singing voice was almost boyish (listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOLNJ5s-S4c this recording of "To Go Home"]] off 1982's ''The What of Whom'', in which he sounds like a 12-year-old, he was 21 during the recording of the song.). By the late 90s, his voice had changed dramatically, probably due to chain smoking.smoking and losing most of his teeth during one of his breakdowns.
25th May '15 2:30:58 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* TheStoner: He is openly fond of Marihuana, and advertises it in songs such as ''Rock This Town''.
22nd May '15 12:22:31 PM MarkLungo
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23rd Feb '15 12:55:46 PM BNJC1
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* ColbertBump: Major labels became interested in signing Johnston after Kurt Cobain listed Music/YipJumpMusic as one of his favorite albums in 1993.
22nd Feb '15 9:49:03 PM BNJC1
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* ColbertBump: Major labels became interested in signing Johnston after Kurt Cobain listed Music/YipJumpMusic as one of his favorite albums in 1993.
18th Dec '14 3:51:29 AM Patachou
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Daniel Dale Johnston (born 1961) is an American musician and artist. He has a strong cult following and is today the most well known [[OutsiderMusic "outsider musician"]]. Johnston is usually known for his lo-fi recordings from the 1980s, his most popular album being ''Hi, How Are You?'', released in 1983. He received a ColbertBump when Music/KurtCobain wore a Johnston T-shirt and named Johnston's "Yip/Jump Music" one of his favorite albums. Other [[BigNameFan famous Johnston fans]] are Creator/MattGroening, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Music/TomWaits, Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Beck}}, Eddie Vedder (Music/PearlJam), Music/YoLaTengo and Music/SonicYouth. In fact, many of those even recorded a tribute album for him. Johnston is also notable enough to have a documentary devoted to him: "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (2005).

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Daniel Dale Johnston (born 1961) is an American musician and artist. He has a strong cult following and is today the most well known [[OutsiderMusic "outsider musician"]]. Johnston is usually known for his lo-fi recordings from the 1980s, his most popular album being ''Hi, How Are You?'', ''Music/HiHowAreYou?'', released in 1983. He received a ColbertBump when Music/KurtCobain wore a Johnston T-shirt and named Johnston's "Yip/Jump Music" ''Music/YipJumpMusic'' one of his favorite albums. Other [[BigNameFan famous Johnston fans]] are Creator/MattGroening, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Music/TomWaits, Music/DavidBowie, Music/{{Beck}}, Eddie Vedder (Music/PearlJam), Music/YoLaTengo and Music/SonicYouth. In fact, many of those even recorded a tribute album for him. Johnston is also notable enough to have a documentary devoted to him: "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (2005).



It's tempting to see Daniel as TheWoobie for all the hardships he endured. He is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou identifiable loser]] [[OneOfUs geek]] who shares a love for comic books, music and old horror movies, pioneered home-recorded music and spent most of his life in his parents' house, cartooning and recording music, while suffering from unrequited love, loneliness and mental problems. He is a prototype of the StrugglingArtist, though on the other hand he did manage to make a career and gain some notability and respect in the AlternativeRock scene. Compared to other OutsiderMusic he is actually quite a capable musician on piano, guitar and mouth harmonica.

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It's tempting to see Daniel as TheWoobie for all the hardships he endured. He is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou identifiable loser]] [[OneOfUs geek]] who shares a love for comic books, music and old horror movies, pioneered home-recorded music and spent most of his life in his parents' house, cartooning and recording music, while suffering from unrequited love, loneliness and mental problems. He is a prototype of the StrugglingArtist, [[StarvingArtist Struggling Artist]], though on the other hand he did manage to make a career and gain some notability and respect in the AlternativeRock scene. Compared to other OutsiderMusic he is actually quite a capable musician on piano, guitar and mouth harmonica.
18th Dec '14 3:49:19 AM Patachou
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Along with writing music, he is also an artist/cartoonist. In a sad literal case of the MadArtist trope, Johnston has been diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and has been in and out of mental institutions. He suffered many [[CreatorBreakdown breakdowns]].

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Along with writing music, he is also an artist/cartoonist.artist/cartoonist, who designs his own album covers. In a sad literal case of the MadArtist trope, Johnston has been diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and has been in and out of mental institutions. He suffered many [[CreatorBreakdown breakdowns]]. \n His most memorable one was a literal breakdown in 1990 where he caused his fathers plane to crash. Fortunately, both survived the crash only mildly injured. His 1983 album ''Music/HiHowAreYou'' also remained unfinished due to a mental breakdown.

It's tempting to see Daniel as TheWoobie for all the hardships he endured. He is also an [[ThisLoserIsYou identifiable loser]] [[OneOfUs geek]] who shares a love for comic books, music and old horror movies, pioneered home-recorded music and spent most of his life in his parents' house, cartooning and recording music, while suffering from unrequited love, loneliness and mental problems. He is a prototype of the StrugglingArtist, though on the other hand he did manage to make a career and gain some notability and respect in the AlternativeRock scene. Compared to other OutsiderMusic he is actually quite a capable musician on piano, guitar and mouth harmonica.



* ''Music/HiHowAreYou'' (1983)



* CreatorBreakdown: Happens frequently. His most memorable one was a literal breakdown in 1990 where he caused his fathers plane to crash. Fortunately, both survived the crash only mildly injured.
** His 1983 album ''Hi, how are you'' remained unfinished due to a mental breakdown.



* FadingIntoTheNextSong: His early recordings were made on cassette, thus naturally fade into each other.
* FriendlyGhost: Daniel has a love for the character ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'', whom he refers to often on his album covers and his songs.



* OneOfUs: Saying that Daniel really likes comic books and old horror films would be an understatement.
** His initially exclusively home-recorded music made him a pioneer of bedroom pop.



* PepTalkSong: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances".

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* PepTalkSong: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances".Grievances", "Get Yourself Together", "Hey Joe".



* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: On guitar, Daniel pretty much only plays very basic chords, and a lot of his guitar songs only use the G,C, and D chords.

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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: On guitar, Daniel pretty much only plays very basic chords, and a lot of his guitar songs only use the G,C, and D chords. Still, he has an ear for melody and is more capable as a musician than many of his colleagues in the OutsiderMusic genre.
16th Dec '14 9:05:20 PM Patachou
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Albums with their own page:
* ''Music/YipJumpMusic'' (1983)



* CutShort: He recorded most of his early songs on home made cassette recordings. As a result a lot of songs end quite abrupt or with audible cuts. Especially the final track of each album also has an ending CutShort.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: Many songs are about unrequited love.



* StarvingArtist: "The Story Of An Artist".
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