SOMETHING’S GOT A HOLD OF ME
If you’ve seen a live performance by Daniel Johnston, you’ve experienced the
hypnotizing karma that is abject confusion, panic, pain, grief, and
honesty. It’s what connects with us, because - face it - he can’t keep
time or sing in tune. There was the Knitting Factory fiasco where he cut
short his performance because he had misplaced the ragged spiral bound
notebook of lyrics. Or when sick with laryngitis and breaking one string
after another he laid his guitar down only to mesmerize the audience with a
compensating acapello musical oracle.
Daniel has written
hundreds of songs and recorded them in garages, acoustically-challenged
basements, crowded bars and street corners. There is a lot of material out
there - filling up over twenty albums, and a long list of singles,
compilations, and sound tracks. And we’d like to hear it all.
To that end, we are
mounting an effort to build as “complete” a DISCOGRAPHY as possible of
Daniel Johnston recordings – the good and the bad and especially the
Over the next few months,
we intend to share our findings with you with information about rare and
unusual recordings. We will include sound clips, radio appearances and
video. Our currently disjointed DISCOGRAPHY will be updated with our
findings, with a goal of being the most comprehensive listing of Daniel
Johnston works anywhere. What you see should surprise you
So everyone benefits, we
need YOU to participate in this by submitting your knowledge of
performances, appearances, covers, and published works. We hope to surprise
you with what we’ve found, and we’re asking that you surprise us! Write us
with your Daniel Johnston discography trivia at
What is great about
Daniel’s music and indie music in general may be difficult to describe. But
we’ve collected comments from fans and industry sources that try to do that,
and we will be sharing that with you as well on the web site. Please share
reviews and articles you find with us at
These are important times
for Daniel Johnston, for as much as we admire and appreciate his music, he
is often unable to make a living from his talent, subject to varying states
of mind and health. There was a point in his career when those around him
though his mental illness was the source of his genius. That notion has
been dismissed and his creativity is as active as ever.
While things are going
well for Daniel, you can help by getting the word out to friends about
Daniel’s talents and road trips. A lot of people believe in the value of
Daniel’s work, but a lot more have still never heard of him.
Daniel Johnston will be in
Japan February 19th through the 23rd, traveling with
his father and manager, Bill Johnston, and Gammon Records tycoon Jordy
Trachtenberg and his wife Amy. They will perform Thursday at the Bridge in
Osaka, Friday at Taku Taku in Kyoto, and ending Saturday at the famous El
Quattro in Tokyo. Details can be found at
Oops Music Community or
Daniel’s art - from pencil
scribbles on typing paper to acrylic canvas - continues to gain attention
with typically two or three art shows each year. His drawing is the source
of personal spending money, and in fact rejectedunknown.com was set up at
Daniel’s request to sell art for him. Last month his father signed a
release permitting his art to be used in college-level art text books.
There are great finds out
there! The original art used on the cover of the Rejected Unknown album was
sold to a Richland, WA buyer for $73 from the
www.hihowaryou.com web site!
Promotional copies of
Daniels latest album are circulating in e-bay already! Most of us will have
to wait for the March 25th release, but many major retailers (web
sites) allow advance purchases.
A new Daniel Johnston web
site opened this month (www.fearyourself.com)
featuring Daniel Johnston’s latest album “Fear Yourself”. It offers links
to album reviews and interviews, track listings, and lyrics. We’ve been
promised that sound clips from that album will be posted to that site this
month so check back.
We are submitting to the
forces of the commercial establishment, and groveling for cash to keep
RejectedUnknown alive. So in that spirit, check out the new T-Shirts and
commercialized trash now available under the
MERCHANDISE option of the RejectedUnknown.com store. Sales benefit the
Okay, we’re really
stooping now. Effective February 17 – February 28, CafeShops is offering a
$5 discount on orders of $40 or more – They sell merchandise with Daniel
Johnston art on them and profits benefit the site. Click the “MERCHANDISE”
option under STORE.
OF PAIN AND MORE SONGS OF PAIN
The 1983 “Early
Recordings” from Songs of Pain and More Songs of Pain will be published by
“For Us” Records in March, but not generally available until May. Some
sites are offering early purchase of this album as well.
If you can’t find specific
recordings from Daniel Johnston’s collection, contact us when you get stuck, and we may be able to point you in the
Do you want to contact
Daniel? In his eccentric and “sheltered” life with his parents in Waller,
Texas, Daniel does not have access to a computer or the internet, but email
sent to Daniel ()
is forwarded to him weekly, as well as member listings and guestbook
entries. If you want to write to Daniel directly, his mailing address is
P.O. Box 583, Waller, Texas 77484.
This site is a
not-for-profit endeavor, and proceeds from the sale of art and merchandise
help cover web costs. You can help by buying all your Daniel Johnston
albums on-line from links at this site. This does not increase the price
of your purchase.
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And, yes, all the headings
above are names of songs that Daniel has recorded.