1990 (Daniel Johnston album)

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1990 Daniel Johnston.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1990 (1990-01)
RecordedApril 22nd, 1988 - 1989
GenreArt rock, indie rock, lo-fi, outsider
LabelShimmy Disc
Daniel Johnston chronology
It's Spooky
Artistic Vice
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

1990 is the eleventh album by American singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. It was released in January 1990,[2] through record label Shimmy Disc.


1990 is Daniel Johnston's first solo album to have been recorded in a professional studio, albeit only partly. Whilst a majority of the tracks featured are studio recordings, others are home demos or live recordings. 'Tears Stupid Tears' and 'Don't Play Cards with Satan' were recorded live at CBGBs on April 22nd, 1988, and 'Careless Soul' as well as 'Funeral Home' were recorded live on two dates in 1989.[3] Johnston alludes to the album's troubled production in the film The Angel and Daniel Johnston – Live at the Union Chapel when he mentions that the album had originally intended to be called 1989, but they had not been able to release it that year.

"Held the Hand", "Lord Give Me Hope", and "Don't Play Cards With Satan" all originally appeared on Merry Christmas

"Tears Stupid Tears" originally appeared on It's Spooky

"True Love Will Find You in the End" originally appeared on Retired Boxer

"Funeral Home" originally appeared on Continued Story

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Daniel Johnston, except as noted.

1."Devil Town" 1:05
2."Spirit World Rising" 6:14
3."Held the Hand" 1:42
4."Lord Give Me Hope" 6:25
5."Some Things Last a Long Time"Jad Fair, Johnston4:54
6."Tears Stupid Tears" (live at CBGB) 3:27
7."Don't Play Cards with Satan" (live at CBGB) 4:23
8."True Love Will Find You in the End" 1:51
9."Got to Get You into My Life"John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:26
10."Careless Soul" (live at Hoboken, New Jersey)James H. Stanley2:23
11."Funeral Home" (live at Pier Platters, Hoboken, New Jersey)based on "Cadillac Ranch" by Bruce Springsteen[4]3:13
12."Softly and Tenderly"Will Lamartine Thompson4:50


Additional personnel
  • Macioce – sleeve photography


  1. ^ Cook, Stephen. "1990 – Daniel Johnston : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Yazdani, Tarssa; Goede, Don (2006). Hi, How Are You?: The Life, Art, & Music of Daniel Johnston (2nd ed.). Last Gasp. ISBN 0-86719-667-X.
  3. ^ "Tour History". rejectedunknown.com. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  4. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2006-09-19/features/0609190189_1_devil-and-daniel-johnston-jeff-feuerzeig-satan

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