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« Reply #90 on: April 18, 2005, 04:51:56 AM »

Wow. what a lot of vitriol from the AICN guy.  To write like that he must have had a strong reaction to the film. He's probably just trying to be hip -in-reverse.


Jeesh - I just finally noticed that and clicked the link. Some quotes follow:

   "I listened to the music and I found it underwhelming in the extreme. There’s a kind of paranoid schizophrenia, one of whose symptoms is the sufferer’s repetition of the same melody over and over without change, and, I’m no doctor, but DJ probably has that condition: to say his song structures are “static” is to bend over backwards to be polite."

That's a valid critique of a thankfully tiny percentage of Daniel's songs, but like the NYT guy, I'm flummoxed as to how these people come to decide they can critically analyze a musician's entire ouvre using only the tunes they heard fractionally used in the background of a film!

   "His lyrics are the kind that are either artless and brilliant, or just artless, and to my way of thinking they’re the latter (though Funeral Home is better than most of them, though it’s basically nicely decorated self-absorbed teenage morbidity). "

Daniel does in some specific cases insist on intentionally being artless (or more accurately "craftless", if I'm following this guy's meaning at all) in favor of words and phrases that come "naturally". Overall, though, this statement is just plain dumbfounding in its ignorance... and WORSE, the guy wasn't even cognizant enough to nail "Funeral Home" for being a shame-less, one-joke Springsteen rip-off!!!

I was personally amused with the "reviewer'"s use of the phrase "dime-store Salieri" - but only because in my song "Artist Inside" (which is partly about Dan and partly about myself), I refer obliquely to my 'Not Daniel' persona with the chorus:

  Talent is a gift, God-given,
  And to steal it is a crime,
  But don't you know that everybody
  Is someone's Salieri at some time...

I'm really only on nodding terms with Harry "Ain't I Cool" Knowles and his cronies, but I may have to give HK a ring and ask whazzup with this Skulldrek yoyo. He's like an old Film Threater with the incisiveness replaced by aimless vitriol.

  - NotDan

If anyone cares, here's the entire lyrics to my song I mentioned:

ARTIST INSIDE

  There is no date of expiration,
  On a feeling pure and true.
  You're seeking sex and inspiration -
  Must be an artist inside you.

  Don't need to understand the question
  To know just where the answer lies.
  If I may make a brief suggestion - 
  Take refuge in the world behind your eyes.

You know your mind is something precious, and to waste it is a shame,
But don't you know that everybody is slowly driving someone else insane.

  I think I need a tape recorder.
  I'd take it with me everywhere I go.
  Not that I think that I'm a genius,
  But when the Great Thought* hits, you never know.

  I mean, what if you came up with a plan for World Peace,
  And then forgot it cuz you didn't write it down?
  But then again, someone'd just probably shoot you
  Before you could even hand your notes around.

Talent is a gift God-given, and to steal it is a crime,
But don't you know that everybody is someone's Salieri at some time.

  There is no date of expiration
  On a feeling pure and true.
  You're seeking sex and inspiration -
  Must be an artist inside you.

(Copyright KWL 1990-ish)

*(this is a reference to Dan's concept of the Great Tune, which comes down and bestows itself only on the one Artist who has perservered beyond all others in his quest for it)
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They laughed when I sat down at the piano.
They didn't think that I could play.
But their laughter turned to amazement,
When I got back up and carried it away...

  - DJ (message left on answering machine)
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« Reply #91 on: April 18, 2005, 05:05:07 AM »

thanks for mentioning the full-play songs there (about three posts before this). i was about to ask if anyone knew what the song was called, to which daniel was dancing very excentric at the end of the film. but you say "held the hand"? that's nice. i loved it. and everyone who haven't seen it yet: watch your backs! it will blow you away, eventually.

and hello, i'm new. calling from copenhagen.

love.

Skoal, Copenhagen! It's Happy Days now that you're here!*

Held the Hand is off the "1990" album, and it's lyrics are deceptively simple, but the equally sparse melody and pounding piano/sweetened vocals combo make for a mighty powerful song! Along with "Don't Play Cards with Satan" it's probably the "devil song" in Dan's portfolio that most highly transcends its subject matter into a more universal beauty. And yep, it is the tune that Dan feverishly conducts, interpretively dances, and, er... aerobicizes to in the scene you mention.

  - NotDan

*(If nobody gets my pun - Copenhagen, Skoal, and Happy Days are all names of chewin' tobacco brands down here in Texas!)
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They laughed when I sat down at the piano.
They didn't think that I could play.
But their laughter turned to amazement,
When I got back up and carried it away...

  - DJ (message left on answering machine)
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« Reply #92 on: April 18, 2005, 03:53:07 PM »

i agree on the simple lyrics and everything, and yeah, the power of the song (and the dancing combined) pushed me back, almost through, my seat. and i researched and found out that it's on "1990" along with Somethings last a long time, so i am definately getting myself that record soon. but thank you for sorting it out though. about the record name. to help a new guy. arw i'm talking.
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« Reply #93 on: April 22, 2005, 03:00:53 PM »



Gina164
GREAT POST!!! Good to see new fans on the board and even nicer when they tell a little about themselves!! See a few new fans on the board but its usually a few lines then we never hear from them again. Stick around!

Thanks, Will smiley
glad you enjoyed what I shared -

...been a while since I have read posts on here...hope this finds everyone doing well...

Right now, I have a friend visiting from Sweden...I turned him on to Dan's music as we drove back up from Monterrey/Carmel to Oakland. He loved Dan's sense of humor, of course!

My friend's web site:

www.ichimusai.org

If you'd like, you can see some pics of his visit on there and read a little bit about his visit with me -

Wish I could have taken him to a DJ concert. though smiley
I do plan to get to Austin sometime soon, to catch Dan in person!

Take good care, everyone -
Gina



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« Reply #94 on: April 25, 2005, 07:51:39 AM »

Any updates on the film?  Has it been officially picked up? 

What's the good word?
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