Daniel Johnston, Songs of Pain 1980-81 (1988)
There are a few names you remember as the songwriters, the guys and girls that had an impact; their words and worlds swirled in your brain and you were never the same. High on that list for me is Daniel Johnston and right near the start – within his shambolic and lovely and strange and beautiful and meandering catalogue – was this album. I first new it as a CD reissue, backed with the sister volume, I never got to own one of those famous cassette tapes. I still think about, from time to time, getting some money together and getting a signed work from Daniel Johnston, buying a piece of his art – but that would require, well, getting some money together…So about the happiest I can be these days is when I find some time to sit down with one of the handful of Daniel Johnston records I’ve acquired. This music moves me. And I totally expect you to understand that. All of you. If you don’t – that’s fine. But it’s your loss. If you think it’s not – well, then you’re just wrong again. I wrote a wee bit about Daniel Johnston a few years ago. I think about him, about his music, his work, his world/s so often. I can’t remember what it was like not knowing this music.
Sample Track: Grievances
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