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Released around the same time in 2006 as the acclaimed documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, this 21-track compilation features many of the troubled singer/songwriter's finest compositions. A well-regarded outsider artist who has struggled with mental illness, Johnston is responsible for an impressive number of lo-fi classics that channel pop culture through his own quirky sensibility, many of which are presented here, including "Casper the Friendly Ghost," "Speeding Motorcycle," and "Sorry Entertainer." Johnston's high-pitched voice is matched to melodies and lyrics that are remarkably lovely and affecting, making this a rewarding collection. (Note: Many of the songs featured on Welcome to My World are also available on the second disc of The Late Great Daniel Johnson: Discovered Covered, with the first disc consisting of renditions by high-profile alternative rock acts such as the Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, and Beck.)


Born: 22 January 1961 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As with other talented but troubled artists such as Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, and Roky Erickson, Daniel Johnston fights a daily battle with the chronic mental illness that has plagued him nearly his entire life. However, despite recurrent bouts of delusional behavior wherein he has physically endangered himself and others, Johnston has carved out a respectable, influential career as a singer/songwriter of extraordinary talent who has grown since his first crudely recorded cassette was released in...
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