Hi, How Are You

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Hi, How Are You
Studio album by Daniel Johnston
Released 1983
Recorded September 1983
Label Self-released
Stress Records
Homestead Records
Eternal Yip Eye Music
Producer Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston chronology
Yip/Jump Music
(1983)
Hi, How Are You
(1983)
Retired Boxer
(1984)
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Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album is the sixth self-released music cassette album by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, recorded in September 1983. It is arguably his most popular album. Johnston claims he almost had a nervous breakdown recording it and calls this his "unfinished album."

The album is one of the most sonically varied of Johnston's early output. While earlier records found him focusing on piano or chord organ songs almost exclusively, this album blends both approaches along with experiments in tape and noise collage, and some tentative guitar playing. Two songs feature Johnston singing along with an instrumental LP by Johnny Dankworth.

This was the first Daniel Johnston album to be given a widely distributed release, as a vinyl LP, on Homestead Records, in 1988.

The album was reissued in 2007 by Eternal Yip Eye Music as a vinyl LP.

Kurt Cobain was frequently photographed wearing a t-shirt featuring the album's cover image which music journalist Everett True gave him.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Daniel Johnston, except where noted

  1. "Poor You"
  2. "Big Business Monkey"
  3. "Walking the Cow"
  4. "I Picture Myself With a Guitar"
  5. "Despair Came Knocking"
  6. "I Am A Baby (In My Universe)"
  7. "Nervous Love"
  8. "I'll Never Marry"
  9. "Get Yourself Together"
  10. "Running Water"
  11. "Desperate Man Blues"
  12. "Hey Joe"
  13. "She Called Pest Control"
  14. "Keep Punching Joe"
  15. "No More Pushing Joe Around"