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Futile expeditions to the edges of good taste, bad morals, and ugly intententions. Late night drives somewhere between Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle and The White Castle of Fear.
Second Hand Pop, MIDI grunge soundalikes, and uncanny Japanese karaoke.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Daniel Johnston  W.W.F.F.M.M.U.U.   Options The Daniel Johnston Hour      live in WFMU  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  The Story of an Artist   Options Don't Be Scared  Stress Records cassette  1982    0:00:10 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Lullabye   Options Don't Be Scared  Strut Records  1982    0:05:39 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  I've Got a Story   Options Unreleased Tape      demos from 1979-1980  0:08:28 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  What a Wonderful Feeling   Options The Lost Recordings  Eternal Yip Eye Music  1983/2004    0:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair  I Did Acid With Caroline   Options Its Spooky  Jagjaguwar  1989    0:13:59 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Fly Eye   Options Continued Story  Homestead  1985/1991    0:15:38 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  DANIEL JOHNSTON MUST BE DESTROYED   Options         0:17:25 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston and The Rhythm Rats  Hard Time   Options Big Big World  Seminal Twang  1991  Recorded in 1986  0:17:48 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  My Life Is Starting Over Again   Options Artistic Vice  Shimmy Disc  1991    0:21:51 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Impossible Love   Options Rejected Unknown  Newimprovedmusic  1999    0:24:11 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Chord Organ Blues   Options Yip/Jump Music  Strut  1983    0:27:32 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Like a Monkey in a Zoo   Options Songs of Pain  Strut  1980    0:31:59 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Desperate Man Blues   Options Hi How Are You: The Unfinished Album  Strut  1983    0:49:10 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  I Had A Dream   Options Don't Be Scared  Strut   1982    0:52:42 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Dream Scream   Options Rejected Unknown        0:55:50 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Tonight In Your Dreams   Options The Daniel Johnston Hour    1986  live on WFMU 1990  1:00:18 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  I Live My Broken Dreams   Options     1985  Live On MTV's The Cutting Edge  1:01:51 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  American Dream   Options Space Ducks: Soundtrack  Eternal Yip Eye Music  2012    1:04:05 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Like A Dream   Options Why Me? Live Volksbuhne Am Rosa - Luxemburg - Platz Berlin 6/6/99  Trikont  2000    1:06:23 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Dream   Options Respect        1:10:40 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Casper The Friendly Ghost   Options Yip/Jump Music  Strut   1983    1:11:44 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Mind Movies   Options Is And Always Was  High Wire Records / Eternal Yip Eye  2009    1:14:17 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Haunt   Options Lost and Found  Sketchbook Records  2006    1:17:18 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Funeral Girl   Options Rejected Unknown  Newimprovedmusic  1999    1:21:22 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  It's Impossible   Options Lost and Found  Sketchbook Records  2006    1:48:12 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Queenie The Doggie   Options Is and Always Was  High Wire Records / Eternal Yip Eye  2009    1:52:50 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Kool-Aid   Options At Home Live  Digital Release  2009    1:56:20 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Favorite Darling Girl   Options Rejected Unknown  Newimprovedmusic  1999    1:59:03 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Mean Girls Give Pleasure   Options Space Ducks: Soundtrack    2012    2:01:28 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston & BEAM Orchestra  Syrup of Love   Options Beam Me Up  Hazlewood Vinyl Plastics  2011    2:04:46 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Try To Love   Options Lost and Found    2006    2:07:31 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston & Yo La Tengo  Speeding Motorcycle   Options The Daniel Johnston Hour    1990    2:23:50 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Honey I Sure Miss You   Options Artistic Vice  Shimmy Disc  1991    2:27:00 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Whiz Kid   Options Laurie EP  Seminal Twang  1992    2:30:15 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Silly Love   Options Why Me? Live Volksbuhne Am Rosa - Luxemburg - Platz Berlin 6/6/99  TRIKONT   1999    2:32:40 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Life in Vain   Options       Live on Youtube from 2010  2:44:15 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Living Life   Options Songs of Pain  Strut  1981    2:39:34 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Some Things Last A Long TIme   Options 1990  Shimmy Disc  1990    2:43:06 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Good Morning You   Options Respect    1985    2:51:59 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston   Go   Options Respect  Strut  1985    2:52:56 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05am VincentNifigance:

My Yoke is still Heavy
Avatar 3:07am coelacanth∅:

greetings Darren and others
  3:14am Zooropa:

I never listened to Johnston much. I always got the impression that people were taking advantage of him. So it made me uncomfortable listening to him.
Avatar 3:15am Hubig Pie:

God bless WFMU
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16am VincentNifigance:

There used to be a hidden link where it said ‘BOTTOM’ of the front page of RejectedUnknown.com that took you to a treasury of all these unreleased mp3s.
  3:17am Zooropa:

His entire catalogue was up on emusic when emusic was all you could eat for 9.99 a month, so I had everything he did.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24am Darren:

I know how you feel Zooropa, he was a fragile guy. And with all the unscrupulous characters in the music biz, I understand how your sleeze radar went off. But I think there's a ton of talent and alot of self awareness beneath the myth of Daniel Johnston
  3:25am Zooropa:

I agree. He had a talent. But it was clear to me that people were taking advantage of a guy who had problems. Even the way he died kind of proved that to me.
  3:26am Zooropa:

Who signs away his rights to emusic where he’s never going to make a dime?
  3:27am Zooropa:

It’s the attorney in me that sees this. The music fan wanted to enjoy his music but the attorney saw the guy was abused
  3:29am Zooropa:

I was at a reception for him in Atlanta where he was given some recognition by an indie station over there, but no one wanted to socialize with the guy. People were honoring him to make saints of themselves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31am Darren:

I'm not aware of the ownership of his digital content, but I do know he was protected by his family to a point. But yeah, lots of sadness in his story no doubt. But his music meant a lot to me, and from what I know he was loved and cared for. Although 58 is way too young to die, so you have to wonder if he could have been better looked after.
  3:31am Zooropa:

He was in the hospital the day he died.
  3:32am Zooropa:

He was alone at home a few hours later.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32am Darren:

I agree with that about people using him for social status or whatever. Gross
  3:33am Zooropa:

I am sure WFMU did not do that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33am VincentNifigance:

When you hear how incandescently earnest he was in comparison to 99% of his peers, hardly anything else will suffice. No one was buying into his undeniable talent for a long while so bad business decisions we’re made because he wasn’t compus mentus and his elderly family didn’t understand the business.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34am VincentNifigance:

I honk Daniel lives in a house specifically built for him behind his parents’ house. He may have been alone when he died but he wasn’t neglected, just independent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34am VincentNifigance:

“Think” not “honk”, obviously... though maybe...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:35am VincentNifigance:

You got it, Darren.
  3:40am Zooropa:

I appreciate this tribute and now that he's gone I am revisiting his music. I just have a soft spot for people being taken advantage of. I speak out and it makes me no friends. He needed an attorney Guardian Ad Litem.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46am VincentNifigance:

“You can listen,
To these songs,
Have a good time and walk away.
But for me,
It’s not that easy,
I have to live these songs forever.”
  3:47am Zooropa:

exactly Vincent, I am just the kind of guy who can't walk away. I wish bandcamp existed when he was around.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:51am VincentNifigance:

@Zooropa Yes, he definitely needed a knowledgable advocate. The culture he grew up in was not conducive.
  3:52am Zooropa:

I've been giving some thought to writing a law review article about his situation. What stops me is then I feel like I am profiting off his grief. Vincent how did you get the tomato?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55am VincentNifigance:

@Zooroopa it’s a jack o’lantern. I made a one-off pledge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56am VincentNifigance:

I don’t think I’ve listened to this album for 15 years. This album should carry a health warning. Man, that chugging in the background.
  3:56am Michael C:

Amazing show. I missed who the guest is from Perth. He's great!!
  3:57am Zooropa:

Johnston has a lot of parallels with Brian Wilson. And I could picture a world where Johnston was lauded like Wilson and wrote a song like good vibrations and Wilson was a asocial outsider who wrote fringe music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58am VincentNifigance:

This and 1990. Ain’t no joke. When I was a kid, we used to try and communicate with spirits using a deck of cards. My Dad would get insanely angry even though he didn’t believe in any of that crap. When I got older I understood, you can twist your head into terrible places. Don’t Play Cards With Satan.
  3:59am Zooropa:

Vincent I wish you were in the chat room during the last show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01am VincentNifigance:

@Zooropa show before this? Why was it dead and I won’t shut up?!
  4:02am Zooropa:

The show today in the time slot before this show.
  4:03am Zooropa:

I will email you. Accept my request for your email
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:06am Darren:

Patrick Marlborough! He wrote an article for vice about Daniel Johnston thats here www.vice.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07am Darren:

follow him on instragram and twitter @cormac_mccafe
  4:09am Michael C:

thanks Darren. Will do!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10am VincentNifigance:

And follow Darren @dadswatchingtv
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:11am VincentNifigance:

@zooropa Ok.
  4:12am Zooropa:

You email request thing is off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12am VincentNifigance:

  4:15am Zooropa:

He has raw melodic skills. Shame that wasn’t developed. An Attorney GAD would have invested in his getting specialized music training
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21am Darren:

Young Daniel getting specialized music training might be worse than most things on earth. I say hang the lawyers and let him drink mountain dew and make songs about it on his piano!
  4:23am Zooropa:

Not all lawyers should be hung. GAD lawyers don’t make a dime off their clients.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24am Darren:

If they give young daniel any music training outside of maybe helping him tune his guitar then I'm sorry they are going to the gallows
  4:24am Zooropa:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:25am Pablexa™:

Good morning
  4:26am Zooropa:

What a GAL does is make sure the person whose legal interests they represent knows what options are available to him or her and allow them to make an informed choice. In modern society, anything less is a form of abuse or taking advantage of someone with difficulties.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28am VincentNifigance:

Brian Beattie did a great job with Rejected Unknown. Took me a few years to appreciate it. Producing Daniel wasn’t easy. Mark Linkous failed, I think. The guy who did Space Ducks did a great job. His background was in Samba or something...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:31am Darren:

The key to producing Daniel was letting him work at his own pace, and keeping things organic and simple. Linkous ruined all those songs with the canned midi post Soft Bulletin bullshit
  4:32am Zooropa:

If your daughter purchased a winning lottery ticket and when to the state capital to collect, and she was a minor, the state would appoint a GAL to represent her interests and a trust to administer the winnings until she became an adult. Johnston had the equivalent of a lottery ticket with his talent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32am Darren:

sorry for these mic problems, I'm bad!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33am VincentNifigance:

Absolutely. Sounds like Paul Leary tried that with ‘Fun’ though, and it sounds like very little got done. Probably a delicate balancing act producing Daniel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:39am Darren:

Daniel definitely struggled under the pressures of a major label with Atlantic, who demanded an album with a deadline, and expected him to tour. Also, Paul just played everything, which sucked the life out of those songs.
  4:40am Zooropa:

That’s why he needed a GAL.
  4:41am Zooropa:

And yes attorneys should be burned and shot until you need one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42am Darren:

check my story @dadswatchingtv on IG for that photo of daniel at the statue of liberty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:45am Darren:

True, but before he signed with atlantic he had an artist friendly deal with Elektra that afforded him a lot of leeway because of his mental illness. But at the last minute he backed out of the deal because he thought Metallica, who were on Elektra, were actors of satan trying to kill him. So yeah.
  4:46am Ajay:

Can you ask your guest to speak into the mic / or turn his mic on. Can’t hear him for beans
  4:46am seedfriend:

Glad to catch your show this morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48am Darren:

Sorry Ajay, technical difficulties...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49am VincentNifigance:

@Darren Yves Beauvais of Atlantic even got Metallica to contact him and assure they weren’t in the employ of Satan!
  4:50am Zooropa:

Sorry Darren, I see his life and problems through the lens of my legal profession, you see his life through the lens of a fan. Neither approach is 100 percent correct. A good attorney sometimes can’t be a fan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55am Darren:

No Sorrys! I'm also thinking of his mental health,but we are both thinking of what would have been best and I know there are a few good lawyers and I bet you're one of them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59am VincentNifigance:

And Sassenfrass the cat.
  4:59am Zooropa:

That’s why I am not a rich attorney. But I could be.
  5:02am Zooropa:

The weird thing is now that he’s dead I feel like I can be a fan. He came to my attention when I was admitted to the bar, so I was fascinated by him in a legal sense, which is what made me feel like enjoying his music was painful. I heard a potential Brian Wilson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:06am VincentNifigance:

Yes, this is Daniel produced right. So good.
  5:08am Zooropa:

He didn’t like girls.
  5:09am Zooropa:

He was probably right
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10am VincentNifigance:

Yes @Darren, this is how Linkous should have done it.
  5:11am Zooropa:

That was a great lyrical couplet
  5:12am Zooropa:

Psycho goddess
  5:13am Zooropa:

Despite his emotional childlike innocence, he knew that the women he was attracted to were cruel at heart
  5:18am Zooropa:

Dude was lonesome. So he never learned that sometimes it’s better to be alone than to be with a witch.
Avatar 5:18am fred:

Good morning Darren and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:23am VincentNifigance:

He worked a ride called ‘The River of No Return’, aptly enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:23am Darren:

spoilers: i don't have the home recorded one, but i think its on spotify!!
  5:26am Zooropa:

I don’t think I have heard a single female DJ on any station do a tribute to Johnston.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:26am VincentNifigance:

Daniel would want to know what the in-flight movies were!
Avatar 5:28am cobradan:

Thank You . Daniel was my personal savior
Avatar 5:30am fred:

@Zooropa: Therese did
  5:30am Zooropa:

Good for her. She has a good heart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:33am VincentNifigance:

The court jester holds up a lightbulb and says “all that is made, is made to decay.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:43am VincentNifigance:

This is a great rendition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:48am VincentNifigance:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:52am VincentNifigance:

We could do another 3 hours and still not be getting thin on material.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54am Darren:

I had 8 hours of music chosen
Avatar 5:57am fred:

Thanks Darren
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:59am VincentNifigance:

Great job, Darren. Thank you.
  6:00am Zootopia:

Enjoyed the show.
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