Britt Daniel

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Britt Daniel
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Britt Daniel performing live
Background information
Birth nameJohn Britt Daniel
Born (1971-04-14) April 14, 1971 (age 48)
Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

John Britt Daniel (born April 14, 1971) is the co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the Austin, Texas, rock band Spoon and the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and singer of the band Divine Fits.

Early life[edit]

Britt Daniel was born in Galveston, Texas and grew up in Temple, Texas, a town of 73,000 people about an hour north of Austin. Daniel is the oldest of three children from his parents' marriage.[1] He also has two younger half-siblings. His father, a neurologist, was a fan of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and a collector of guitars;[2] Daniel himself reportedly picked up the guitar in high school after his college-bound girlfriend ended their relationship.[3][4]


In 1988 Britt Daniel formed his first band The Zygotes while in high school. In 1990, while a student at the University of Texas, Daniel formed his second band, Skellington, with Travis Hartnett, Mac Stringfellow, Paul Cannon and Mike Hurewitz.[2] Skellington recorded and self-released This Town's Gone Dry in 1991, and the Skellington EP was released a year later in 1992. Before breaking up, the band released Skellington Rex, which contained songs that were re-recorded on Spoon's debut album Telephono.[2]

The following year, Daniel joined a three-piece rockabilly band named The Alien Beats with Brad Shenfeld.[2] During a 1993 Alien Beats recording session, computer-chip designer and percussionist Jim Eno was brought in as a substitute drummer, but he was later added as the permanent drummer.[2] The Alien Beats released a 7" single in May 1993, disbanding soon after.[2]

On 5 May 2018, Daniel appeared on NPR's news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for the regular celebrity question segment "Not My Job".


In 1993, Daniel and ex-Alien Beats drummer Eno, along with guitarist Greg Wilson and bassist Andy McGuire, formed Spoon. Spoon has served as Daniel's primary musical focus.

Drake Tungsten[edit]

Britt Daniel at SXSW in 2006

Daniel has also written and recorded solo material under the pseudonym Drake Tungsten[5] He has since abandoned this name and plays solo shows under his own name, and has reportedly begun setting aside songs for a possible solo album, including "New York Kiss" and "Telephone My Heart,"[6] which he has been performing at solo shows since at least early 2006.[7]

Divine Fits[edit]

From 2011 to 2013, Daniel was involved in a new band called Divine Fits, consisting of members from Spoon, Wolf Parade and New Bomb Turks. The group's debut, A Thing Called Divine Fits, was released on August 28, 2012 through Merge Records. The first single from the album, "My Love Is Real", was released on July 10, 2012.




  • The Town's Gone Dry (1991) Self-Released
  • Skellington EP (1992) Self-Released
  • Skellington Rex (1992) Self-Released

The Alien Beats[edit]

  • Cavin' In (1993) Syncretic Records

Drake Tungsten[edit]

  • Clocking Out is for Suckers (1994) Self-Released
  • Six Pence for the Sauces (1996) Peek-A-Boo Records
  • Dozy Vs. Drake (1998) Revival Records

Golden Millennium[edit]


Divine Fits[edit]

Solo recordings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maron, Marc (16 April 2015). "Episode 594 - Britt Daniel / Jon Ronson" (Audio podcast interview). WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Raoul Hernandez, "Drake Tungsten and his Boy Skellington", Austin Chronicle, January 25, 1999
  3. ^ 'Sup Magazine, "The Biography of Britt Daniel of Spoon As Told Through Music" Archived October 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, December 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  4. ^ Laura Hightower, "Spoon Biography". Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  5. ^ Peek-A-Boo Records Drake Tungsten Bio Page, Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Sean O'Neal, "Britt Daniel of Spoon," Archived March 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine July 19, 2007. Retrieved October 12, 2007.
  7. ^ "Britt Daniel Live at Swedish American Hall on 2006-03-29". Internet Archive.
  8. ^ Peek-A-Boo Records Golden Millennium Bio Page, Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Origin Systems Inc. Developer Bio, Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  10. ^ Columbia Records, Stranger Than Fiction Soundtrack Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  11. ^ "Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – "Paper Tiger" (Spoon Cover)". Stereogum.

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