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"Daniel Johnston's cult status was propelled when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain wore a T-shirt at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You, a T-shirt that music journalist Everett True had given him." --Sholem Stein

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Daniel Dale Johnston (January 22, 1961 – September 10, 2019) was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassette tapes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities.

Johnston's cult status was propelled when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain wore a T-shirt at the 1992 MTV music awards that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You, a T-shirt that music journalist Everett True had given him. Cobain listed Yip/Jump Music as one of his favorite albums in his journal in 1993.

Much of Daniel Johnston's music has focused on the subject of unrequited love, revolving around his own experiences with Laurie Johnson, an early obsession. Notably is "Urge" on 1981's Songs of Pain.

His work is collected on Songs in the Key of Z (2000), a collection of outsider music.

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