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Artist: Daniel Johnston

Album: Fun

Appears On (Mixes): Jeff Bridges... I Don't Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!; Hobotic Mixed CDs Volumes 1-5

Song Notes: Jeff Bridges... I Don't Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!: This is my favorite Daniel Johnston song. It's from the album Fun, his only major label release, from the days when the majors were willing to take risks on smaller-selling artists. Daniel Johnston's vocals have always been weak, but rather emotional, and his subject matter is esoteric, but personal, but he's always been able to craft a great pop structure and melody. This is another song about one of his obsessions (The Beatles in this case, and in a smaller role, religion as well), and I've always loved the change-over from the "Rock 'n' Roll" part of the song to the "EGA" part. Also -- "EGA" is pronounced "egga" -- it's a word Johnston uses, but all it represents is the "E-G-A" chord progression used in this song. Also, it turns out there's a new documentary about him coming out, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, who also did The Band That Would Be King about Half Japanese. - Rev. Syung Myung Me


 

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