Hi, How Are You

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Hi, How Are You
Daniel Johnston-Hi How Are You.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 1983
Stress Records
Homestead Records
ProducerDaniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston chronology
Yip/Jump Music
Hi, How Are You
Retired Boxer
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album, commonly referred to as simply Hi, How Are You, 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 claimed he was in the midst of a nervous breakdown while recording it, and called 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 cover of the album was also popularized by a shirt worn by Nirvana lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain.[2]

A 2015 documentary about Johnston, titled Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston? was named after the record.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Daniel Johnston. All tracks produced by Johnston.

1."Poor You"2:03
2."Big Business Monkey"2:02
3."Walking the Cow"3:34
4."I Picture Myself with a Guitar"0:45
5."Despair Came Knocking"2:44
6."I Am a Baby (In My Universe)"1:37
7."Nervous Love"0:18
8."I'll Never Marry"0:21
9."Get Yourself Together"0:32
10."Running Water"1:32
11."Desperate Man Blues"3:40
12."Hey Joe"2:44
13."She Called Pest Control"0:53
14."Keep Punching Joe"3:11
15."No More Pushing Joe Around"4:42
Total length:30:38


  1. ^ a b Hi, How Are You at AllMusic
  2. ^ "50 Artists Who Inspired Kurt Cobain". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-11-12.