Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Closer To Genius Than Ronald Mcdonald?

This week we bring you a brief biography of Mcdonalds' most talented ex-employee, singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston...


It has often been opined that Daniel Johnston's sweet soprano is something akin to a mewling Possum being barbarically ravished against its will; others claim he can barely play guitar. It would take a fool to argue, however, that what Daniel doesn't understand about love and life is probably not worth knowing. Relevant to our food blog what he doesn't know about flipping burgers is probably fairly superfluous too.

Despite being hailed as a true original by acts like Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo he still stuck at his day job with Mcdonalds throughout the eighties - this time was also peppered by spells in mental institutions caused by his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Rumour has it he used to slip a demo tape on any pretty girl's tray - a lot better than fries with that, right?

Other enlightening stories concerning Daniel include the fact that during one of his spells in mental hospital he requested his manager to enquire about the possibilities of collaborating with Yoko Ono. Concurrently he also penned a song about the Mountain Dew soft drink (under the Pepsi conglomerate), offered his services as spokesman and claimed that it was his love of Mountain Dew that had left him institutionalised.

To introduce you to his work we've included an MP3 - Daniel wrote this jaunty toon about his time working under the Golden Arches. It's no classic so you might be better off having a listen to this old favourite, True Love Will Find You In The End...

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