I’ve had a friend describe Daniel Johnston as “a great documentary subject, a horrible musician.” But i have to disagree. The innocence of his recordings, the fact that it sounds like he doesn’t even comprehend what he’s doing, that he just decided to pull out a tape recorder and bang on a toy organ, it’s fearless.
That said, I’m not sure how I feel about Daniel Johnston’s characters being used for an iphone game. The ad wonk in me thinks it’s brilliant and is excited to download it. The fan in me can’t help but feel like this is a bastardization of the innocence that makes Daniel Johnston so great.
here’s a screengrab of the game –
His reaction to the creation of the game says it all – “I don’t even know what an iPhone is.”