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16  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Ava Emrys, Our Baby! on: April 15, 2010, 09:03:41 PM
Wow! shocked That's actually a CUTE baby -- and I generally agree with Dave Sim's "Cerebus The Aardvark" who famously said that "All babies look like Winston Churchhill to Cerebus!"

   --- notdan
17  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: The Compleat SXSW '97 Show on Youtube! on: March 18, 2010, 03:25:55 PM
For those with shorter attention spans, here's an edit of "I'm a Believer" from the show, combining live concert footage and footage from that afternoon's rehearsal:


And an unrelated clip of Dan covering Paul McCartney:


  - notdan

18  General Discussion / Fan Forums / The Compleat SXSW '97 Show on Youtube! on: March 13, 2010, 08:07:39 AM
As some of you know, one of my pet peeves is the misleading -- actually flat out WRONG -- bit in Don Goede's book Hi, How are You?: The Art, Life and Music of Daniel Johnston where he claims that Daniel's 1997 SXSW show was a chilling affair that "ended abruptly" with a heavily-medicated Daniel screaming "We're all gonna die!" to the crowd. As the "mastermind" behind that comeback gig, I take this error personally, especially since I contacted Don with a correction long before the book was reissued in its current edition.

Well, sure enough, I recently ran into yet another person who took the book's erroneous info as gospel, and that finally got me up off my butt to put the ENTIRE show on Youtube -- actually, it wasn't all that big a deal, since Dan and the Rhythm Rats only had time to work up 4 songs that afternoon (I tried to convince Daniel to go back out for an encore, like maybe "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" or something else they could pretty much wing on the spot, but he declined on the grounds that under those circumstances "Elvis wouldn't have done an encore.")

Parts one and two of the gig can be found at these URLs:


And please, if anyone can find anything even resembling "We're all gonna die!" among Daniel's comments on these clips, share it with me!

  - notdan

PS: For those who missed  these clips on my channel, they're still there:

Tim Hamblin's excellent "Funeral Home" music video:

My own visual interpretation of the never-released 1982 number, "Grievances/Greensleeves":

And a clip of my old band with a cameo from Dan:
19  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: The next album? on: February 24, 2010, 06:01:09 PM
Is Lost and Found really a collection of old songs? I thought that apart from "The Beatles", it was the first time that recordings of these compositions had been released.

As I recall Lost and Found consists of recordings from the Rejected Unknown sessions.   

This is true. And Brian Beattie (producer) has said that there's still probably enough good material to cull a THIRD album from the sessions as well, if the need arises.

I have no idea what keeps stalling the release of "December Blues", but half of it consists of old recordings from 1986 with enough new material recorded in 2008 to fill it out into a complete album.

   -- notdan

PS: I hope everybody already got their full share of enjoyment from the unreleased recordings I posted on IMEEM... since f*cking Myspace apparently bought out the site and wiped out everything I had on there!
20  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: Is and Always Was on: February 02, 2010, 08:30:08 PM

the same thing often happens to me under no influence at all. Mostly music just triggers it but sometimes it is just spot on what I need at the moment. When it happens with a new, unfamiliar album or something that plays on the radio itīs just magic!
They should have a word for that exact precise moment when an album goes from being a collection of songs that someone recorded and you bought and you like it alright to something magical and personal that can alter your mood in an instant and will continue to glow somewhere deep inside of you for the rest of your life.
  - NotDan
21  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: Cigarette Butts? What does it mean? on: December 04, 2009, 09:09:55 AM
You think the pizza thing was gross, you shoulda smelled the back room where we would meet at the McDonald's where he worked!

  - NotDan
22  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Monkeeing Around With Danny the Cat on: November 21, 2009, 11:40:16 AM
I'd say it's time to switch to decaf... grin

Yo, I'm just trying to liven things up around this graveyard, Longfellow!

I do see how putting the two subjects together gave my post that sort of "Red Bull gave me Paul McCartney & Wings" feel, but keep in mind that whenever Daniel calls and invites me out to Waller, it's usually in the hope of doing some off-the-cuff writing, recording and/or filming. "The Nine Lives of Danny the Cat" is the first Dan-film concept I've ever come up with that I thought might actually be worth pursuing.

Admittedly, though, the club scene would require a pretty high degree of professionalism, and the project in general would probably involve more memorization than Dan would be comfortable with taking on. I can't see the idea being worth a damn with anyone other than Daniel as the central character, though, unfortunately.

If anyone would care to throw out some ideas for a more simple, improvisation-based, "Sanka-fied" concept for a Dan-film, I finally have a decent digital camcorder to work with...

  - NotDan
23  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Monkeeing Around With Danny the Cat on: November 20, 2009, 05:46:34 PM
Hey, Hey, gang!

It looks like one of the Monkees is gonna be owing me a favor soon -- I won't say which one but here is a hint: he was the first member to quit the group after the TV show ended. So whaddaya think -- should I work on getting him and Dan together to co-write a song? I mean, it's largely true that, as someone once said, there's really no such thing as co-writing with Dan (usually he either charges ahead and does all the writing himself before you can get a word in, or else he does the opposite and confines his role to providing encouragement to his "partner").

But seeing as how the odds are slim to none that Dan will ever get to co-write with a Beatle, wouldn't working a Monkee make a decent "consolation prize"?

  - NotDan

PS: I had a great idea (at least I think it's a great idea) for a short film starring Daniel:


A trained hypnotist who happens to also be a rabid Daniel Johnston fan gets Daniel to agree to participate in an experiment -- a journey into the subconscious psyche of a genius songwriter. When Dan "goes under", the hypno-fan makes a tremendous discovery: it turns out that Dan has lived and died many times throughout the eons.

In each and every one of his previous lives Daniel was a brilliant songwriter who didn't QUITE make it to the big time, and it was apparently his overwhelming quest for stardom that allowed him to keep getting reincarnated, and each time he got closer and closer to reaching his goal, culminating in Daniel as we know him today. As Dan's "sessions" continue, the fan further discovers that he can actually bring back any of the "pre-Dans" to full consciousness by allowing them to take over the physical form of "Now Dan".

Now, like I said, each one is a genius, but they don't all necessarily write the same kinds of songs. For instance, "Renaissance Dan" does somber tunes like "Grievances/Greensleeves", "Beatnik Dan" works more along the Tom Waits-ish lines of "Billions/Rock", and "Vaudeville Dan" is most adept at lighter, more humorous fare like "Wicked Will".

As the plot progresses, at a high-profile gig an inadvertant post-hypnotic suggestion transforms "Now Dan" into "Renaissance Dan". Things gets off to a rocky start as "RD" keeps getting distracted by "magickal" things like the club's cash register and electric spotlights, and the tension grows when the venue owner asks Dan what his pre-show requirements are. "RD" innocently replies "I supposeth the main thinge is that I shall neede to have my lute up front." An argument ensues as the belligerent owner insists that "Nobody, no matter how big a star they are, gets their loot up front at my club!"

Eventually things get straightened out, but the club's paying customers begin to get confused as further transformations result in Dan performing everything BUT the type of songs they came to see him play. Some people demand refunds, while others merely wander out of the club shaking their heads in bewilderment. Meanwhile, the musical stylings of such alter-egos as "Greek Chorus Dan" and "Opera Dan" do little to placate the increasingly drunk and disorderly patrons as they continue to hope for a positive turn to the performance.

Finally, as the remaining audience members are on the verge of turning violent, the clubowner runs onstage and reveals that as a surprise treat, he had arranged for a local rock band to learn a medley of Dan's greatest songs, and that the group is now ready to back him up on "all the hits" that people have been waiting for. Daniel Johnston (who has now taken on the persona of "Cave Dan") is shoved onstage and the band (the Nightmares would be ideal for the part!) counts off their intro... "one, two, three, four..."

As soon as the roar of the first power chord thunders out of the PA, a terrified "Cave Dan" begins yelling: "Arrgghhh!!! The sky gods am angry! Surely them will kill us all! Kree-gah!!!" He bolts off the stage, streaks out the front door of the venue, and vanishes into the night still screaming about the impending vengeance of ancient elemental deities. Most of the crowd members exit the building in disgust behind him.

As the last few remaining audience members are seen demanding their money back at the ticket counter, Jason Nightmare and the clubowner are engaged in a heated discussion. Citing the fact that they had signed a contract, Jason says "So... we're still gonna get paid for the gig, right?." The clubowner loses his last ounce of composure and bellows "Like hell you'll get paid! Get out of my place right now! I never want to see any of you crazy musicians ever again!" Along with a bouncer, he unceremoniously tosses Jason out the door and throws the last of the night's musical gear after him, then slams the door shut.

Final shot: Jason gets up off the sidewalk, dusts himself off, and turns to the camera. "Well, folks," he sighs, "I guess the moral of this story is..."

(he holds up the broken remains of "Renaissance Dan"'s instrument)

"...Always make sure and get your loot up front!"

Fade to black. The closing credits run as "Speeding Motorcycle" plays in the background: "...In a world of funny changes, speeding motorcycle, won't you change me..."


So, what do you guys think? Would you be excited about Dan participating in filming the above story, or would you be wishing he'd spent the time doing something else?
24  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnston - The Singles Collection on: November 20, 2009, 10:36:48 AM
The Casper "single" from '88 probably is actually the free vinyl EP that came with an issue of Chemical Imbalance magazine around that time. There were 3 or 4 cuts on the EP, and I can't recall who the other artists were -- I wanna say Jad Fair and maybe Eugene Chadbourne. It's a live version of Casper, and if a location was listed for where it was recorded, I don't recall it - there was very little info on the label and I don't have a copy anymore.

And yes, Christmas Tree was listed on I-tunes or whichever e-music service handles Dan's music, as far back as 2007 or so.

  - NotDan
25  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: McDonalds On The Brain Video on: November 14, 2009, 11:45:08 PM
Nice use of intentional "mistakes" throughout!

DJ would definitely have a hearty laugh over your clip.

  - NotDan

26  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Grievances/Greensleeves on: November 14, 2009, 03:01:15 PM
hey there. i just found both of these songs on lala.com. there are 2 different versions.

one on this album:

the other is here:



Actually, the 1st version you list is the original "song of songs" as Dan puts it. I can't listen on this computer so I'm not 100% certain about the 2nd one you list (I think it's a remake that was originally entitled "Grievances Revisited"). There is also a song entitled "Grievances" on the Texas Trip compilation album, with the original lyrics but new improvised music by the Butthole Surfers, plus a completely unrelated song entitled "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievances" and a spoken word bit entitled "Mabel's Grievances".

In the version that was referred to in the first post, Dan adapted his original lyrics to fit a traditional melody from around the 14th century or thereabouts. It remains unreleased but you can tape it off Youtube with an old recording Walkman ("old-fashioned Daniel Johnston style") since it is so lo-fi to begin with!

  - NotDan

PS: Dare I add... GOOD GRIEF!
27  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Three handmade tapes for HOW MUCH???? on: November 10, 2009, 10:29:33 AM
From what I can tell, they were made by Dan, but just look at that price!

That's about what I got for mine when I was forced to sell them to cover medical expenses.

Of course, mine were truly handmade from start to finish and included lots of unreleased songs (and I made sure the buyers gave their contact info to the Johnston family in case Dan ever needs to borrow them back for any reason...)

  - NotDan
28  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Bad Omens? on: November 03, 2009, 09:10:12 AM
Ca. 1980 Bill Hicks lived in Houston and visited Astroworld as a youth. He died of pancreatic cancer in 1994.

Ca. 1980 Patrick Swayze worked at Astroworld in the Crystal Palace. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Ca. 1980 Daniel Johnston worked at Astroworld hosting the River of No Return ride.

Calculating from the above progression, Dan will die of pancreatic cancer in 2024.

In the meantime, send him your best wishes.

   -- kwl

29  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: Album that Daniel was 'sickest' during... on: October 29, 2009, 06:40:40 PM
I am trying to locate the album where Daniel was the most unwell whilst
From listening, I would probably say Hi, How Are You?

Why do you think it's subtitled "The Unfinished Album"?

OTOH, he was in such poor shape during the making of FUN that other musicians were brought in for all the instrumentation apart from a few dopey keyboard noises.

  - NotDan
30  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: December Blues(?) on: October 29, 2009, 06:37:14 PM
Isn't he in the Rhythm Rats?
Yup. The whole December Blues album is performed by Daniel with the Rhythm Rats (whom you also heard together on the Rejected/Unknown track "Favorite Darling Girl").

  - NotDan
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