Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album

Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album
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1983 Ratings: #13 / 142
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When I first heard the Shaggs I became super interested in what was called "Outsider Music." Music that is beyond the bounds of mainstream music, and often with no creative control put in place. I immediately went looking for more outsider music and found Daniel Johnston.

Even the best album in the world have some layer of creative polish to them. Whether it be a label, post recording changes, or even just mimicking popular styles. Not Daniel. Daniel's music sounds like someone ... read more


I think one of the most tragic artists anyone could subject themselves to its gotta be Daniel Johnston. Daniel has always been plagued with mental illness and every album of his is pretty much the same at its core. Optimism in the loneliest of hearts. Each album is so personal to him no other piece of music sounds like it. No piece of music ever could. Partially because it's hardly music, yet theres a craft to it. Its almost always genius. You'd think Daniel would have it all with his infamous ... read more


I remember the first time I heard about Daniel Johnston. I remember the TV presenter's enthusiasm in front of this guy who looked like a bloated drug addict. Dressed like a homeless, greasy hair and the head of someone who wakes up after a 48-hour sleep. Scratching his guitar and singing totally out of tune, with a feverish and desperate voice. A weird guy... A depressed guy... But also one of the most interesting and endearing songwriter and, without knowing how to draw, an outstanding ... read more


Impossible to score. Depressing and disturbing and strange. Daniel Johnston was obviously extremely mentally ill and this is simply an outpouring of strange ideas and thoughts in his head. Definitely something and I’d say the overall experience was unique enough that I may return to it at some point.


my boy. you think you know decimation of your existence. the decay followed by pain and sadness? you've not been born before this.



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Track List

  1. Poor You
  2. Big Business Monkey
  3. Walking the Cow
  4. I Picture Myself With a Guitar
  5. Despair Came Knocking
  6. I Am a Baby (In My Universe)
  7. Nervous Love
  8. I'll Never Marry
  9. Get Yourself Together
  10. Running Water
  11. Desperate Man Blues
  12. Hey Joe
  13. She Called Pest Control
  14. Keep Punching Joe
  15. No More Pushing Joe Around
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Added on: June 30, 2014