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Re: *completely* off topic (Daniel Johnston)
- Subject: Re: *completely* off topic (Daniel Johnston)
- From: Michael Damian Catano <mcatano\!/is.dal.ca>
- Date: Tue, 30 Jan 1996 13:52:23 -0400 (AST)
daniel johnston started releasing indie cassettes in the early 80's on
Stress, and there are about 10 of these floating around, there are alos a
couple of homestead records form the same period (including the
amazing*!* 'yip/jump music' from '83). he put out two records on shimmy
disc, 1990 and artistic vices, and signed to atlantic records in '94, and
since the 80's he's been a staple in 'zine culture, and the austin music
scene. he's done several stints in mental institutions and as far as i
know, he still lives at home with his mom (there is some freaky "what are
you doing daniel?!?!" "nothing ma!!!" dialogue in between songs - or
rather interrupting songs - in some of the stress cassettes.)
johnston's music is sort of a one-gag schtick, and it wears thin over
time. his new recordingsa aren't very interesting (when compared with
the three homestead records) and really don't offer anything that hasn't
been run into the ground on previous records.
if you like 'fun' check out 'yip/jump music' and 'hi, how are you' and
'continued story' all on homestead, and by far his most interesting and
enjoyable work. plus, if you can find it, there is a great 7" for
"speeding motorcycle" on which daniel johnston phones up a radio show
where yo la tengo are being interviewed and they play speeding motorcycle
together a la bad brains "sacred love"
i hope that helps.
"i crap bigger than you."