Daniel Johnston R.I.P.- Austin, TX songwriter*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by DrAftershave, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. blewmaearsout

    blewmaearsout Well-Known Member

    Toronto, ON
    His was a hard lot; sorry to hear the news.
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  2. nodeerforamonth

    nodeerforamonth Forum Resident

    San Diego,CA USA
    It says more about his embarrassing lack of musical knowledge than anything else.
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  3. angelo73

    angelo73 ⬚⿻⬚⿻⬚

    Michigan, USA
    Aw, sad.
    Rest In Peace
  4. nodeerforamonth

    nodeerforamonth Forum Resident

    San Diego,CA USA
    Oh man, this is going to hit me hard. Huge fan. He was what I would call a "genius songwriter". I met him when he played Al's Bar in Los Angeles in '96. He drew some pictures for me. I told him Matt Groening was a huge fan of his and that I'll introduce him to Matt and he was really excited. After I saw Matt in the crowd a little while later, I was going to do the introduction, but Matt had already ran up to Daniel and met him. Eventually "Rocketship" would be used in an episode of Futurama.

    Daniel was also a HUGE fan of this band called the Beatles.
  5. Avenging Robot

    Avenging Robot Forum Resident

    I’m really sad to hear this. I think in many ways we still haven’t come to realize how truly talented he was.
  6. Certainly a unique and original talent. Could never get past his s8nging voice but he did write some lovely songs. RIP.
  7. KDubATX

    KDubATX A Darby Man Never Says When

    Sad. I saw him play at La Zona Rosa once opening up for Yo La Tengo. Realized at some point that Ira was standing a bit behind me watching his set. That would have been something like 2001-2002. RIP.
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  8. japes

    japes Forum Resident

    richmond, va
    The Devil and Daniel Johnston is one of my favorite documentaries. He was such a talent, yet a tortured soul.

    Rest in Peace, Daniel
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  9. daveidmarx

    daveidmarx Forem Residunt

    Astoria, NY USA
    I discovered Daniel's music through Eddie Vedder playing Walking The Cow on his Self Pollution Radio special in Jan '95, although I was aware of him as a person thanks to Kurt Cobain wearing the Hi, How Are You shirt. That album and Yip Jump music are still among my all time favorite albums and Walking The Cow still packs an emotional wallop every time I hear it - as though you're peering directly into another human being's soul. Rest in peace, Daniel. :cry:
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  10. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

  11. adriatikfan

    adriatikfan Forum Resident

    Such sad news.

    Here is Duglas of Scottish Band BMX Bandits performing a stripped-down version of 'Do You Really Love Me' (Tell Me Now)

    My condolences to family and friends.

    Best Wishes,
  12. Jarra Lad

    Jarra Lad Forum Resident

    Jarrow, England
    This is incredibly sad news. He was uniquely talented.
  13. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    So sad. He didn't live an easy life. I hope he's at peace now.

    Mental illness sucks.
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  14. lonelysea

    lonelysea Forum Crustacean

    Twin Peaks, WA
    Sad news. I bought practically all of his self-made cassettes back in the day. Hope he’s at peace now.
  15. Matt Barone

    Matt Barone Forum Resident

    Such sad news! I saw him in Boston when I was in college. He forgot the lyrics to his song. Thanks to my friend he helped him sing the song. A chuckle from Daniel and an thanks to my friend for helping him made our night! He was awesome and will be sorely missed.
  16. stonesfcr

    stonesfcr Forum Resident

    Sorry to hear the news,"The Devil and Daniel Johnston" left me perplexed, such inmense raw talent, pure talent, what a songwriter, this guy lived music, its such a joy to hear his records and witness his almost uncontrolable creativity,

    RIP Daniel
  17. 86mets

    86mets Counting Crows #1 Fan

    R.I.P. Daniel...his discs on Shimmy Disc "1990" and "Artistic Vice" are awesome...
  18. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

    Marion, OH, USA
    I wasn't a fan but the movie about him really got to me. You had to feel for the guy and all his struggles. it's amazing he was able to be so prolific.
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  19. lonelysea

    lonelysea Forum Crustacean

    Twin Peaks, WA
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  20. tman53

    tman53 Vinyl is an Addiction

    Can't say anything that hasn't already been said. RIP.
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  21. Damn :(

    So glad I got to see him the last time he was in Melbourne. He played a short acoustic set at the beginning of the show and I was completely transfixed.
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  22. Davido

    Davido I got a bird that whistles I got a bird that sings

    I'll just post one of the first of many excellent covers of an early Daniel Johnston song... we used to love The Reivers' cover of Walking the Cow (it was thankfully added to their debut when it was released on CD years later). It's a gateway to Daniel Johnston.

  23. CaseyJames

    CaseyJames Relaxed Fit Jeans Vibe


    Not a shock but a major bummer. Loved this dude and this song in particular. I only ever recorded myself playing two songs and this was one of them. Godspeed, Daniel!
  24. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    Very sad. Definitely a genius even if an unconventional one. He will be missed.
  25. The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man Forum Resident

    Rest in peace Daniel.
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