Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Daniel Johnston - "Retired Boxer" (Self-Released Cassette) 1984

More of the same lo-fidelity insular innocence,which sounds like the cassette mike was wrapped up in a wet flannel; except for the last track,which sounds like it was recorded in a professional studio.Reverb makes an unwelcome appearance on "True Love Will find You In The end", accompanied by an 'on medication' style sloppy strumming of an acoustic guitar.It sounds like a bonus track that wasn't part of the original album. What makes this worse,is that this is the track that coffee table legends, Beck and (yawn) Wilco, chose to cover (yawn), on their incredibly tediously generic records (yaaaaaaaaaaawn). I love the way these self-important bank manager entertainers, patronize honest loners like Dan Johnston and Jandek, attempting to raise their own 'cred' by associating themselves with the latest 'hip' dysfunctional discovery. Beck has never wrote an original tune in his life,just chopping up his vast 'eclectic' (I hate that word),record collection,shitting it out onto a CD,and selling it back to us. As for Wilco, I.....(Zzzzzzzzzz author falls asleep).

Track Listing:

  1. "I'll Do Anything but Break Dance for Ya, Darling" - 6:02
  2. "Bye Bye Barbie" - 1:18
  3. "Fighting with Myself" - 2:28
  4. "Too Young to Die" - 3:47
  5. "This Song" - 1:19
  6. "Feels Good" - 4:18
  7. "Oh No" - 3:58
  8. "Strange Boy" - 5:01
  9. "True Love Will Find You in the End" - 1:54
DOWNLOAD this Retired Boxer HERE!


Anonymous said...

any possibility of a re-up on google drive?

Jonny Zchivago said...

Yeah i'll do it tomorrow. I got tonnes of these to do y'know!

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Anonymous said...

Wrong version of True Love! The original cassette version is much more lo-fi.
Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLWm2uPtBj8