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« on: April 10, 2011, 12:10:14 PM »

Hi, I played a cover band show the other day as Daniel Johnston, doing my best to stay fully in character as DJ himself(from 80's-early 90's era), ie-nervous banter, messing up lyrics, awkward stage banter, forcing people to sing about funeral homes, and I even tried to dress up like him by being clean shaven, shaggy hair, and wearing a hi how are you shirt. It was a cover show, where all the local bands were choosing an artist to play a full set as, there was a Sabbath band there, a Nirvana band, Bad Brains, etc. I picked Johnston!

http://youtu.be/IJAzomjz_EM

AND, I have a full album of DJ songs that I recorded you can download for free at www.dables.bandcamp.com

check it out!
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011, 03:38:38 PM »

Now THAT was entertaining! Good job, man. grin
I really liked the whole set.
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011, 08:26:46 PM »

Here's a good review/synopsis that me and friend put together in case we ever want to do it again, I've got a chord organ now and my new idea is bring a small cassette recorder and the chord organ and play a DJ song and record it on the tape all on stage and then hand the tape out to someone after I draw a frog on it. How authentic DJ tribute can you get!? Just trying to keep the things we loved about Daniel in the first place alive and still freaking people out and touching their hearts at the same time...

ANYWAYS-here's the synopsis:


Dables Plays Daniel Johnston is a Daniel Johnston tribute performed completely in the character of Johnston, culled from his 80's-early 90's famously awkward and weird acoustic shows. Clean shaved, skinny, shaggy hair, wearing his own t-shirt, and promoting himself by full name constantly, Johnston was known for being extremely nervous on stage and talking awkwardly about his religious beliefs, or apologizing profusely after messing up lyrics to his songs, sometimes ending them early out of frustration. He would play the guitar a little too hard sometimes, or miss notes while singing and occasionally flub a lyric or two, and every know and then really appear that he is about to have a nervous breakdown right before your eyes, normally after he thinks he played "badly" in his mind. He often bows after songs, and says the titles and usually the year or album they are from and always kept his sets very short, 5-6 songs tops.

David Walker of the local grunge folk act Dables, tries to recreate all of this to maintain the awkward, emotional, yet funny and entertaining performances of Daniel Johnston.

www.dables.org<---my site and blog, go download tons of free music by me
www.dables.bandcamp.com<---even more free music
www.sataninbondage.com<--my cohort in music
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