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Artist: JOHNSTON,DANIEL
Title: FUN
Street Release Date: 09/13/1994
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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The major labels have finally figured out that while extremely uneven homemade tapes sound like crap as demos, they can come off as pure eccentric brilliance when released commercially. So goes the story of Daniel Johnston: two-track loser in Slackertown U.S.A. (Austin, Texas) since 1980, when he began releasing a continuous stream of songs on cassette via his own Stress Records and small indies like Shimmy Disc. All the while he cultivated a small but important following that included a Cobain and a Vedder, plus friends like Mo Tucker and Jad Fair. Now, just in time for his first major-label release, Johnston is a certified underground legend. Admittedly, Fun is not a very major-sounding major-label record. It runs low on overdubs and slick production, with accompaniment that at times consists of only one instrument--a cello, a tinny guitar, a cheap keyboard plunked at random--or nothing at all. On children's songs like "Happy Time," Johnston sounds like Ween doing Jonathan Richman as he recalls "the Kool-Aid flowing like wine" in a voice so whiny, thin, and seemingly unaffected it ends up sounding distractingly affected. The naive pose he assumes on record gives him license to write awful rhymes like "I love that girl so much / I can't get enough of her touch"; we are to understand that it's not so much bad writing as it is an ironic parody of bad writing. But while Johnston's idiosyncrasies are times grating, he means no harm. In fact, his songs are nearly always memorable--and at times unforgettable. So all is forgiven. And if it turns out Johnston is truly the spaced-out geek he plays on Fun, he may well have earned his rep as a creative genius. --Roni Sarig

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J13
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Everyone knows Daniel as the legendary singer-songwriter who influenced the likes of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam). Johnston's "homemade" cassettes feature some of the most brilliant, intimate, and sometimes frightening songs of the last 30 years. "Fun", produced by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), offers a lighter side of Daniel. He's older, wiser and having more, well, Fun! Highlights include the rocking "Love Wheel", "Life In Vain", "Crazy Love", and the wonderful "Happy Time." Be sure to check out Daniel's orginal folk-art images on the cover and inside the liner notes. And, the "purple duck of happiness" is featured on the CD itself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Blasi on August 9, 2005
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I bought this on recommendation, and after a listen through, it sat on my shelf for a year or so. Now I'd consider it among my favorite albums, one I've possibly listened to more than any other. The songs are incredibly varied- from totally whacked out synthesizer experiments, to Ramone-esque rockers like 'Psycho Nightmare', to nervous blues renditions like 'Catie'- but Daniel's unique, personal lyrics and tenuous voice hold everything together really well. My favorite song is "Happy Time", a nostalgic/messianic self-portrait. Daniel's earlier non-studio albums are also great, but this album is unique for its clear sound and simple production.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1999
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Daniel Johnston is a hero to anyone who had all these ideas but couldn't put it out in a nifty format for the every person to swallow easily. You have to take this album like he was right there in your room performing for you, then you'll get how good his pop sense is, although sometimes it does admittedly get ridiculously bland and silly, it's worth it cause there are so many gems in here.
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27 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anzalone on February 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a devote Johnston follower I have found that none of the CD records he has released compare to the Stress Record tapes he made thru out the 80's.
It seems that whenever Daniel has a band behind him his material just sounds plain if not bar bandish. For the true beautiful agony and despair of his talent search for the Stress record tapes. In particular, "The What of Whom" tape/album will make your heart implode. These tapes are usually just Johnston playing piano or guitar, raw and uncontained by a band. Do yourself a favor.
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