Alternative/Punk, Singer-Songwriter, Lo-Fi, Homemade, Indie
Rock & Lo-Fi
Along with the incoherent ramblings of Wesley Willis,
Austin,Texas native Daniel Johnston is another Indie Rocker
who makes a living from being a little "soft in the attic."
Insanity credibility aside, Johnston has been releasing
endearingly unrefined music to the public since he began
unleashing home-recorded cassette tapes in 1980. Much of his
cult following stemmed from these tapes as well as from the
MTV coverage he received during the mid '80s. The finished
results of Johnston's Lo-Fi tomfoolery have been covered by
such seminal Indie Rock goblins as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Yo
La Tengo, Butthole Surfers and Half Japanese to name a few.
Johnston's vivacious pop songs are usually laden with
chiming guitar, clunky keyboards, distant rhythms, and a
sometimes sinister, sometimes child-like perspective on
life. Unlike his contemporaries (such as Lou Barlow),
Johnston often seems too lost in his own Syd Barret-like
condition to write jaded and cynical songs.