Artistic Vice

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Artistic Vice
Artistic Vice.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1991
Chuck Picklesimer's house,
West Virginia
LabelShimmy Disc[1]
Daniel Johnston chronology
Artistic Vice
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[1]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide2/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide3/10[5]

Artistic Vice is an album by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.[6] Following a period of inactivity resulting from his SXSW 1990 manic episode, Johnston gathered a group of friends to record some songs he had recently written.[7] The result was Johnston's first full "studio" album, and his first release with a backing band on every track.

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press called the album an "ebullient blast of lo-fi electric garage-rock," writing that "the glimmers of deliverance make this cogent album as encouraging as it is enjoyable."[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Life Is Starting Over"
  2. "Honey I Sure Miss You"
  3. "I Feel So High"
  4. "A Ghostly Story"
  5. "Tell Me Now"
  6. "Easy Listening"
  7. "I Know Casper"
  8. "The Startling Facts"
  9. "Hoping"
  10. "It's Got to Be Good"
  11. "Happy Soul"
  12. "The Dream Is Over"
  13. "Love Of My Life"
  14. "I Killed the Monster"
  15. "Laurie"
  16. "Fate Will Get Done"


  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 4: MUZE. p. 667.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Peisner, David (September 12, 2019). "Daniel Johnston's Essential Songs: Listen to 12 Tracks (Published 2019)" – via
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 611.
  5. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. pp. 200–201.
  6. ^ EDT, Matt Keeley On 9/11/19 at 6:40 PM (September 11, 2019). "5 songs to remember Daniel Johnston: Outsider musician and artist beloved by Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening". Newsweek.
  7. ^ "Daniel JOHNSTON biography". The Great Rock Bible.
  8. ^ "Daniel Johnston". Trouser Press. Retrieved October 27, 2020.