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A most unusual and rewarding "soundtrack"

I guess it makes sense that the first person to do a "soundtrack" to a comic book would be the one and only Daniel Johnston.

The album starts with the trippy Space Ducks Theme Song performed by Daniel Johnston and a rocking band. From there, we hear American Dream and Sense of Humor - the later has been a part of his infrequent live performances over the past few years. The songs are recorded professionally and not-so-lo-fi, but they still retain the raw, honest quality that makes Johnston so special. Mean Girls Give Pleasure - just on the title alone! - possesses all of the lyrical genius on which the Johnston legend has been built.

Hearing Eleanor Friedberger's Come Down join the parade is where the journey takes a cool and welcome turn. Her beautiful female voice in the same track listing as Daniel's now-ragged singing brings the great variety of this project to life. Like the classic good vs. evil storyline of the comic book (spoiler alert: the ducks win!) the album takes the listener through a journey of artists, styles, and themes. From the minimalist melodies of the Fruit Bats, to the gorgeous Lavender Diamond, psychedelic Unknown Mortal Orchestra and rocking Deer Tick - this album is an adventure worthy of the title and of praise.


Born: January 22, 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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