Today we wish a happy birthday to the late, great, and incomparable Daniel Johnston, who would’ve turned 59 today. We had the honor of releasing his 1994 masterpiece Fun on vinyl for the first time in 2013. We’re happy to announce that the record will finally be back in stores beginning Friday, February 7th. Our friends at Newbury Comics are carrying a blue color vinyl edition, limited to just 500 copies. You can pre-order the standard black vinyl here in our store.
Fun was originally released in 1994 on Atlantic Records, while Johnston was housed in a mental institution. Featuring some of Daniel’s finest songwriting and boasting the most “accessible” sound of his eccentric and deep catalog, producer Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) eloquently preserves the singer/songwriter’s earnest appeal and wraps it in sympathetic musical support. The aspiring cartoonist’s playful, symbol-heavy sketches have graced many of his album covers, including Fun.