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Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: jean astro on September 23, 2003, 02:39:18 AM
it might be a lame question, but..
whats your favourite song of daniel johnston??
if you could only save one what would it be?

i'd pick 'grievances', it kills me

or favourite darling girl. or maybe Nothing , on why me?

 :? hard to answer


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: E-A-L on September 23, 2003, 04:52:28 AM
i would, without hesitation, say "story of an artist".


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: The Spook on September 23, 2003, 05:29:11 AM
i really really like 'True Love Will Find You In The End'

nice sentiment.. and also 'cause i'm a sucker for short songs..


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Mindwalk on September 23, 2003, 06:27:47 AM
This one itīs very difficult...He has so many classics Like "Walking the Cow", "Casper the Friendly Ghost", "Speeding Motorcycle".
Also, his new stuff is amazing, like "Forever", "Dream Scream".....

But would agree and pick "Griviences".....Itīs the songs of songs.....an overview of most elements on Danielīs  imaginary and themes.....

Itīs the song that has everything built in.......I really would like to know if it was the first song he wrote (the first of the recorded ones).


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Syrupoftears on September 23, 2003, 02:07:30 PM
I would have to say that for me it is a three way tie between

"syrup of tears"
"hate song"
and
"phantom of my own opera"


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: stareyedsquirrel on September 23, 2003, 04:05:51 PM
'I'm a Song' from The Lost Recordings 1, or 'Everlasting Love' from 'Why Me?'


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Oliver on September 23, 2003, 06:21:14 PM
What about "Some things last a long time" from "1990"?

A very simple song but one, that has always struck me deeply.


Title: Best song
Post by: Morten Elbech on September 27, 2003, 12:59:28 PM
I'd go for "Peek-a-boo" from "The What of Whom". It stops me dead in the tracks each time I listen to it.


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: tuna ketchup on December 28, 2003, 09:13:30 PM
I'd say "why, without you" from The What of Whom


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Stallion on December 29, 2003, 02:07:07 AM
Loner is a great one...and I'm a Song is really great.  I'm glad someone else thinks so.  :)

But I can't pick just one.


Title: fave song
Post by: wickedwill on February 22, 2004, 10:31:06 PM
oh man there is so many but i like grievances,worried shoes walking the cow,syrup of tears,pothead........oh the question was fave song not songs ooopppppssss!! hate to say but it would be a impossible question for me to answer but those are some of the ones i like alot.


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Stallion on February 23, 2004, 04:12:07 AM
It's a truely impossible answer.....so let's not go there ok?  Pretty much all of Dan's 80's and early 90's stuff is genius....say no more. RAWR!!!


Title: Daniel's favorite song
Post by: dejected on February 23, 2004, 06:45:09 PM
I've heard Daniel answer the question as to which is his favorite or "best" song and he answers "Greivances" without a second thought.

Interesting...


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Stallion on February 24, 2004, 08:23:34 PM
I can see that.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: notdaniel on March 02, 2004, 09:37:51 AM
Quote from: jean astro
it might be a lame question, but..
whats your favourite song of daniel johnston??
if you could only save one what would it be?

i'd pick 'grievances', it kills me

or favourite darling girl. or maybe Nothing , on why me?

 :? hard to answer


To finally jump in here, I have to say that I automatically think it's Grievances, but in truth, nothing beats "An Idiot's End". Grievances may be more personal or essential or whatever, but the word-work and imagery in An Idiot's End is pure world-grade songwriter at peak performance level. A knockout.

  - Not Daniel


Title: Best song
Post by: SuPer-StuPid on April 03, 2004, 10:05:38 PM
I'd have to say 'Big business monkey' 'I remember painfully' 'come to me tonite' 'hey joe' and 'I saw her standing there' is brilliant!!
I guess every day it changes.........I had to go against the grain against 'grievances' even though its an awesome song.


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Disfranchise on April 04, 2004, 02:15:51 PM
I saw her standing there is a beatles song that daniel has covered.


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: niwi on September 21, 2004, 05:52:23 AM
I'd say the one that sticks with me the most is Like a Monkey in a Zoo.


Title: Like a Monkey in a Zoo
Post by: dejected on September 23, 2004, 11:52:37 PM
I think Like a Monkey In A Zoo is one of the most "structured" of Daniel's songs lyrically - I don't know that he was trying to be structured, but it turned out that way.   For that reason, though, it does "stand out".

Being that way, it is the kind of song that someone else can take on and get across easily, and that appeals to the general listener.


Title: daniel's best song ever
Post by: favorhouseatlantic on November 24, 2004, 07:41:05 PM
"Dairy Queen"


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: vincent on May 08, 2005, 06:57:29 AM
sorry entertainer is the best song
i would, without hesitation, say "story of an artist".
:-o


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: vincent on May 08, 2005, 07:00:35 AM
The best song for me is DREAM SCREAM

But honest all his song are really good

Vincent


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: favorhouseatlantic on May 08, 2005, 02:39:10 PM
The whirly piano in Dream Scream makes my head hurt. Hehe.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: dbeefy on May 11, 2005, 12:07:51 PM
I agree with notdaniel. An idiot's end is just plain one of the best songs I've ever heard, by anyone - have played it to a lot of people, just to see their jaws drop and the light come on in their minds if they 'get it'  8-)

(but then there are so many other good ones too ..)



Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Stress Records on May 11, 2005, 12:41:36 PM
How about "More Dead Than Alive"? I think this one compares favorably with anything on Dylan's Blonde on Blonde.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: gina164 on May 11, 2005, 01:57:40 PM
Currently, "Living Life" resonates most with me.  I like both Dan's fast version and the slower tempo cover by Eels.

...but, my favorite DJ song might/will probably change as my life changes...

livin, livin, livin, livin life....
Gina


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: wickedwill on May 11, 2005, 07:29:00 PM
"Nothing" off the Live in Berlin cd! Man that song is beautiful!


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Henry Long on May 12, 2005, 03:32:40 PM
Dude-
That Live In Berlin CD is HAUNTING! Like it was recorded in dreamtime, etched with ice on the slate inside your skull and played by slowly turning around counter-clockwise on a felt-wrapped piano with your eyes closed tight.

(Huh?)

Best song is like best painting at the Louvre, you know?
"Hi How Are You?" the tape, was the dose that got me infected, and each song on there like a slow steady morphine drip. That tape was the soundtrack to one of the most manic, frantic, painful, depressing, beautiful years of my life, so I will always be partial.

Someday, following a Daniel binge, I will make a personal top 10 and post, but I may never be the same again.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: lonelyloner on July 10, 2005, 01:34:59 AM
sorry, I'm a bit late. I think Daniel's best songs are "Tuna Ketchup" and "Peek A Boo".


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: dill on July 11, 2005, 09:42:16 PM
Couldn't pick one until I have heard all of them but as of right now I'm leaning towards Broken Dreams and that is just based on the snippet I heard on the movie site.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: favorhouseatlantic on July 15, 2005, 06:26:00 PM
my new favorite song by him: Peek A Boo.
god, i love this song!
i think i'll cover it. :-)


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: lonelyloner on July 17, 2005, 07:04:51 AM
my new favorite song by him: Peek A Boo.
god, i love this song!
i think i'll cover it. :-)

 :-o I would love to hear it! Good luck with that.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Caroline on September 15, 2005, 08:59:09 AM
Its a tough one, mines probebly Like A Monkey In The Zoo


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Marquis of Sadness on March 19, 2006, 10:51:23 AM
"Hate Song", hands down.

The closest to that are "Mountain Top" and "Spirit World Rising".


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Chew Z on March 30, 2006, 03:43:30 PM
My favorite song of the day:
my yoke is heavy



Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: WeirdlySad on March 30, 2006, 04:23:58 PM
"Story of an Artist"
This is the story of his life :cry:


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Henry Long on March 30, 2006, 07:07:15 PM
"When We All Become Famous in the Sky" has been going around the turntable in my head of late.

How prophetic, kinda/sorta, w/o the "sky" part I mean, y'know...


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: gina164 on April 01, 2006, 10:59:00 AM
"When We All Become Famous in the Sky" has been going around the turntable in my head of late.

How prophetic, kinda/sorta, w/o the "sky" part I mean, y'know...

After reading this, I just had to google 'marquis' and 'sky', because I thought I had heard the phrase 'the big marquis in the sky' before...but, I coudn't find that phrase...got this instead:

16th Floor Sky Lounge ... New York Marriott Marquis

Wonder if Dan's been there ;-)

PS: Henry - I will cash your gift contribution check, as soon as I come across it! I got married on 12/27, and
any non-urgent paperwork got pushed aside...as in, it's probably in my old apt, which I still need to move most of my stuff from...sorry to take so long!



Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: gina164 on April 01, 2006, 11:01:39 AM
Oh...I MUST vote for "Go" ...it's so beautiful...and especially so because Dan is encouraging others to fiind what has escaped him, thus far.

Livin Life is a close contender, for me.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Henry Long on April 01, 2006, 05:31:33 PM
Gina, no worries. If you can't find it let me know and I will send out a new one.



Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: wickedwill on April 14, 2006, 03:48:19 AM
"Nothing" at the end of "Why Me"
Blows my mind!


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Henry Long on April 14, 2006, 06:34:51 AM
YES!


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: lonelyloner on April 14, 2006, 12:37:52 PM
Has anyone said "Bloody Rainbow"? What about "Now"? Both of those are beautiful.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Sonic Elderly on April 16, 2006, 03:01:02 AM
True Love Will Find You in the End rips my heart out every time.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: mark5 on April 16, 2006, 12:45:31 PM
Dream Scream is my new favorite.

i have to admit, i didnt think it was possible to beat Story Of An Artist.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: lonelyloner on April 20, 2006, 04:58:45 AM
Dream Scream is my new favorite.

i have to admit, i didnt think it was possible to beat Story Of An Artist.


I have the "DREAM SCREAM" 7". Great song.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: zabraski on May 06, 2006, 03:27:06 PM
almost got hit by a truck....from yip/jump music

Amazing and beautiful song.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Jackand George on July 08, 2006, 03:03:16 PM
Without question "Grievances"...runner-up- "True Love Will Find You In The End"

Jackand George


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: I ARE 1031 on July 25, 2006, 12:09:26 AM
sorry, I'm a bit late. I think Daniel's best songs are "Tuna Ketchup" and "Peek A Boo".

I'm glad somebody said "Tuna Ketchup" I love that one too. But I don't have a favorite...I have a favorite album but not a favorite song. It's impossible, but songs that would be up there are:

Worried Shoes
Chord Organ Blues
Grievances
Like A Monkey In a Zoo
Pot Head
Danny Don't Rapp (I LOVE IT, incredible)
God
I Remember Painfully
King Kong (that song probably did it for me, I knew I was a Dan Johnston fan after hearing it)
Speeding Motorcycle
The Beatles
Casper The Friendly Ghost
A Little Story
Lazy
Story of An Artist

This list can go on for pages...so I'll quit since you get the point. I think my favorite album so far is Songs of Pain. It is slightly better than Yip/Jump Music in my opinion...and when I say slightly I mean SLIGHTLY. I still need to hear a lot of albums in their entirety, including More Songs of Pain.

 :-D


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Billy Castillo on January 12, 2007, 10:01:15 PM
My pick: Some things last a long time
My Wife's pick: Never relaxed.


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: tabtom on July 10, 2007, 09:28:13 AM
Just cannot beilive that nobody has said 'silly love' yet. what a greaty ****ing song that is

one question the greviances song everyone is banging on about is that the one from songs of pain or the dont let the sun go down on your (greviances)....for me neither are in the top five dj songs...but thats just me....also i went to see daniel in manchester, england about 6 weeks ago and he played this ****ing great song but i can't remebr what its called does anyone know where a set list for that gig might be? oh and 'mean girls' can that be got anywhere online...does anyone know if its a new album song?


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Rusted Square on July 23, 2007, 07:52:37 PM
"Some Things Last Along Time"


Title: Re: daniel's best song ever
Post by: Nomtoc on August 14, 2007, 06:39:12 AM
"...I'll probably die in a car crash..."