What makes the documentary so compelling is that Johnston’s life and the coincidences surrounding it are truly stranger than fiction. You just can’t make this shit up. From his arrival in Austin via Carnival at the height of the ’80s music scene, to miraculously surviving a single engine plane crash (he threw the key out the window, at 30,000 feet, in a manic state), by the end of Feuerzeig’s film you truly come away thinking this guy is not of this world. Now in his 40’s Johnston lives with his parents in Texas and has since the 1980s.
The Clem Snide track below can be found on the 2004 tribute album Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered also featuring Teenage Fanclub w/ Jad Fair, Eels, TV On The Radio, Bright Eyes, Beck, Sparlehorse, Flaming Lips, and Tom Waits among others.
MP3: Clem Snide :: Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Grievance (cover)
MP3: Daniel Johnston :: Casper The Friendly Ghost
Video: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Trailer)
Amazon: Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered
The Devil And Daniel Johnston Website ++ www.hihowareyou.com