Hi, How Are You

Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You
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Based on 2 reviews
1983 Ratings: #14 / 129
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Based on 246 ratings
1983 Ratings: #9
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September 1, 1983 / Release Date
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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

"There's a heaven and there's a star for you"

This is one of the most moving yet melancholy albums I've ever heard. After reading up on who Daniel Johnston is, this album becomes even more tragic and sad. Although this album's sound isn't for everyone, I believe that if you're an avid music listener, you have to listen to this masterpiece.

The lyrics in the songs themselves are completely whimsical and weird, along with the "instrumentation" ... read more
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
“Hi, How Are You” is an album that you need to listen at least once in your life. Sure, it’s shoddily-recorded but it needs to be heard in order to appreciate how much of a hidden gem this is. This is probably one of the strangest albums out there with Daniel Johnston’s high pitched delivery on top of barely-there instrumentals. Kinda relaxing, really. But look a little further and there’s a lot of substance here to be gobbled up. Daniel Johnston is famously open ... read more
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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