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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).

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]].

Albums with their own page:
* ''Music/YipJumpMusic'' (1983)

!! ''Let me tell you about an artist...''
* AccentuateTheNegative: His songs about being unrequited by society or loved ones are quite moving.
* AlternativeRock: One of the cult musicians in the genre.
* AnnualTitle: ''1990'' was released in 1990.
* AuthorAppeal: Comic books, unrequited love, UsefulNotes/JesusChrist, Music/TheBeatles, ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'', and [=McDonald's=].
* BuffySpeak: From ''More Dead Than Alive''
--> ''I walked up to this psychological man, I said I got this problem about this coffin.''
* CatchPhrase: ''Hi, how are you?''
* CarefulWithThatAxe: in "Don't Play Cards With Satan",(1990 version) Daniel, shouts at the top of his lungs for 2 instances of the word "Satan" .
-->I heard the voice of [[Music/ButtholeSurfers SATAN!!!! ]]Crying in the woods...
* CradleOfLoneliness: Daniel spent most of his life in his parents' house, because he is too mentally unstable to live on his own. Many of his songs deal with loneliness, rejection, lovesickness, breakups,... but at the same time can offer a voice of hope.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Deconstruction}}: His entire oeuvre is about what it actually means to be a {{Woobie}} and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Many songs are about unrequited love.
* GodIsLoveSongs: "God".
* {{Homage}}: "The Beatles", "King Kong", "Caspar The Friendly Ghost",...
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: He became extraordinarily influential on lo-fi music ''because'' of his AuthorAppeal.
* MadArtist: Sad real-life example. He has both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and has been in and out of mental institutions.
* MoodWhiplash: In the album ''1990'', the previously mentioned ''Don't Play Cards With Satan'' ends with Daniel screaming "SATAN!!" at the top of his lungs. The next track is the happy and uplifting ''True Love Will Find You In The End''
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: "The Story Of An Artist".
* NewSoundAlbum: Daniel's earlier albums mainly featured songs that were played on a piano. 1991's ''Artistic Vice'' did not feature any piano at all.
** Most of his albums from 1979-88 (excluding 1985's ''Continued Story'') were recorded on a cassette recorder, since his album ''1990'', his albums have been professionally produced in studios.
* 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.
* 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.
* OutsiderMusic: One of the more well known musicians in the genre.
* PepTalkSong: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances".
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''The Devil and Daniel Johnston''.
* TropeMaker: Of home-recorded indie music.
* 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.
* TheTysonZone: Falls into this as a there's a lot of stories of him escaping mental institutions and the like.
* VerbalTic: In interviews, Dan tends to say "you know" a lot.
* 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.
* TheUnintelligible: Daniel mumbles so much on the track ''Hot Water'', from the 1979 tapes, that it seems like he isn't even singing in English.
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