Daniel Johnston @ Fitzgeralds
by: Shirley Can

Daniel Johnston is proof that ANYBODY can make a living in the music industry. This guy has been around for 20+ years making crappy music and kindergarten art for the sheeple that have been convinced to buy and think it's cool. Seriously, if he didn't have a mental disability, nobody would even give a fuck. I still don't. He keeps good company, and has had amazing support from many artists that deserve respect for their talent and generosity. His dickhead brother, Dick Johnston, is also his manager. Lords around with a bad attitude and is extremely possessive of his little treasure. Exploitative. Sorry. Think both Daniel and his brother live a life of depravity. Without Daniel being institutionalized for being bipolar and manic depressive, Dickhead Johnston would be working @ Burger King. My friend sneaked backstage was doing yoga stunt moves for Daniel. She wanted to share stories and maybe more. Dickhead Johnston THREW HER OUT?!?! Excuse me, my friend is a beauty. HellLOOOO??? Have you seen Daniel Johnston? The pictures say everything. Kurt Cobain took interest in him, because Kurt Cobain was fascinated with the mentally challenged. uhhh.... Courtney Love.... do I need to say more? So Kurt actually ignited the Johnston outbreak.

Photo by Jerry Milton

Here are a few relevant facts lifted from Wikipedia:

. Atlantic Records released Fun, produced by Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers in 1994.[Johnston contributed two songs to the soundtrack for Larry Clark's controversial 1995 film Kids, produced by Folk Implosion and Sebadoh's frontman, Lou Barlow. Johnston later covered Schoolhouse Rock!'s "Unpack Your Adjectives" for a compilation of the popular education songs called Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks in 1996.

In 2004, he released The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered, a two-disc compilation. The first disc featured many artists, such as Jad Fair, Eels, Bright Eyes, Calvin Johnson, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips and Tom Waits covering songs written by Johnston. The second disc featured Johnston's original recordings of the songs

Here is the masterpiece Daniel Johnston won fame by Cobain wearing his art/album cover on a t-shirt:


The promoter did a great job. Fitzgerald's was full. The supporting band, Spain Colored Orange were actually quite good.

Check 'em out! Won Houston Press Best Band Award in 2006!


Surprisingly Daniel held the crowd to the end of his set. It was his 50th birthday party, even though his birthday was still a week away. Got a birthday lameass cake that I wouldn't feed to anybody I like. After his performance he said he was pissed and was pacing backstage yelling. Said he had a bad time, and wasn't happy. A couple good looking guys seemed like fans or worked with the club and tried to console him, until Mr. DICK came to control him AND the environment. Everybody I talked with conveyed the same sentiments that are expressed in this review. If you don't agree then email DICK and setup an interview. Write your own story, and buy a t-shirt. If you don't know for sure, judge for yourself. Here is a vid:


Just goes to show, with the right marketing (Atlantic Records, MTV) and a good spokesperson (Kurt Cobain), you can sell shit to a cow.

Hell, put me on stage with a xylophone and a kazoo, I have my own fucked story. Accused of being bipolar every time I am on the rag. Way cuter too. Come on Atlantic Records, hook a girl up!

Show sucked, but I had a good time. Wanna freak show? Go see Jim Rose.

Just sayin',

Shirley Can


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