Posted in music on August 21, 2012

Daniel Johnston in Austin (more by Ryan Barkan)
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Very, very weird but true. Video below...

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True love will find you in the end
You'll find out just who was your friend
Don't be sad, I know you will,
But don't give up until
True love finds you in the end.

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you're looking will it find you
'Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light?
But don't give up until
True love finds you in the end.

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Comments (42)

before you freak out, listen to what Henry Rollins has to say about indie heros in an ad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6zVUvmkyvA

Posted by Henry Rollins | August 21, 2012 12:17 PM

Great ad!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:19 PM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:21 PM

get that paper bro

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:24 PM

who gives a fuck....there is no more "indie" cred or attitude

That was a concept that died 20+ years ago....people want to be paid, and they like money...if you don't understand this don't view this very website that features tons of ads

But I guess those very ads are not for 'uncool' things like 'mainstream' body spray. But for 'cool' things like the 'Coco-Cola' concert series

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:24 PM

pretty good ad, Henry Rollins.

Yeah, and I am sure Daniel needs some money.
This is totally not a big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:24 PM

WEAK POST BROOKLYN VEGAN , trying to drum up controversy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:26 PM

Axe is a horrible product but they consistently have great ads.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:28 PM

Show of hands: how many indie-hipster types who worship Daniel would ever think of buying, let alone wearing, an Axe Product? And how many Axe stankin douche-brahs would ever know, let alone listen to Daniel?

The answer: Daniel gets paid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:30 PM

Axe is not owned by a Jew amirite

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:31 PM

What will Neil Hamburger say?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 12:37 PM

nobody has said anything negative about Daniel here, not even the BrooklynVegan post, yet about 5 angry people have come out defending him for no reason.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 1:00 PM

I should stop wearing a hat

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 1:02 PM

obviously no one cares that they represent the "female" by a pair of breasts with feet! wow.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 1:05 PM

weirdly happy for daniel. this ad sure makes balding dudes (YES, LIKE ME) feel like absolute shit though.

Posted by Jonathan Frakes II | August 21, 2012 1:06 PM

>>nobody has said anything negative about Daniel here, not even the BrooklynVegan post, yet about 5 angry people have come out defending him for no reason.

it's more about the concept of the post pointing out that this super indie guy was used in a super mainstream ad, and it is somehow uncool and strange

all these replies show the hypocrisy of the man behind BrooklynVegan....as he (gasps!) sells out with the best of them

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 1:10 PM

I think it's more about that it's mindblowingly weird and probably depressing to many that Daniel Johnston of all people appears in an Axe commercial.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 1:22 PM

LETS ALL JUST BE STOKED HAIR AND TITS GOT TOGETHER

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 2:11 PM

that is one old fat fuck

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 2:51 PM

Fuck selling out. Money is not more valuable then integrity.

He lost my respect...

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 3:21 PM

Henry Rollins is completely 100% WRONG in that YouTube vid.

Sucking corporate dick for a paycheck warrants no respect, and the artists who refuse to sell their songs to commercials such as Neil Young, The Doors, etc, are like monuments of integrity.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 3:27 PM

fucking blasphemy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 4:29 PM

3:27 - I helped some musicians that you (most likely) know buy a crib for their baby by getting their song in to a well-known department store ad. It also meant they could stay home for a little while with the baby instead of constantly touring to pay for food. That's really a bad thing? (I'm not publishing the names of them or the store because it's their choice to tell details not mine.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 4:46 PM

^ this should answer your question.

"the "bottom line" is that our songs have a higher purpose, like keeping the integrity of their original meaning for our fans. "Many kids have said to me that 'Light My Fire,' for example, was playing when they first made love, or were fighting in Nam, or got high--pivotal moments in their lives." Robby jumped in. "If we're only one of two or three groups who don't do commercials, that will help the value of our songs in the long run. The publishing will suffer a little, but we should be proud of our stance." Then Robby hit a home run. "When I heard from one fan that our songs saved him from committing suicide, I realized, that's it--we can't sell off these songs."

John Densmore (of the doors)
When apple computers offered them a whopping $3,000,000 for one of their songs.

And don't think it's because they "don't need the money" because when they were struggling musicians they also had offers in the late 60's to sell songs then and also denied it.

My point is, that some people think integrity is more important then money.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 5:13 PM

All these people who value money over art today is the reason the human population is so shallow these days.
Good people are never for sale... And sell outs like Henry Rollins is the biggest hypocrite ever. His claims of "getting paid" being so important are against all things respectable.

Jim Morrison is rolling in his grave at the despicable nature of bullshit like this.

Sell outs always suck and always will. End of story. And although I'm also not the biggest fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers, I like how they stay on the side of not selling out too. When I watch tv and see a musician on an advertisement, it's an automatic dismissal of their character.

Money is not the most important thing in the world people. Music is powerful and life has deeper meaning. Y'all need to get with some realness and change your perspectives.

Posted by THE MUSIC SNIFFER! | August 21, 2012 5:25 PM

i really love getting yelled at by henry r.

Posted by Stretchie | August 21, 2012 6:31 PM

CALL THE HIPSTER COPS!

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 6:33 PM

who cares? good for him, he's been doing this for awhile, more people should listen to him.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2012 11:45 PM

Good for Daniel.

Who gives a what about The Doors?

Posted by Your Mom | August 22, 2012 1:14 AM

Does anyone really believe that Daniel handles his own business affairs and is even aware of this ad?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2012 11:10 AM

5:13 - Sorry to piss on your cornflakes, but the main reason that Doors never get licensed is that Jim's affairs were/are a complete mess. Don't believe the hype... and since no one made licensing money until Miami Vice started, I have a hard time believing that they had any big offers in the 60's.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2012 11:43 AM

@ 11:10am - yes. He has to approve uses like this. The man likes F'n titties, is that a crime?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2012 1:12 PM

@1:12 PM: wrong. He has people who handle his business.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 1:15 AM

fuck axe

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2012 1:46 AM

No. Take it from me: What any worthwhile woman will notice first is that you don't write songs like this. Hair gel for douchebags is not going to cure that.

Posted by endless shrimp | September 2, 2012 1:11 PM

What's the difference between selling out on a commercial or selling out in a movie. You think The Doors didn't cash in on Oliver Stones' movie or make royalties from Forrest Gump or Apocalypse Now? Or are they special because they're so outspoken about refusing to sell a song to Buick? Do you really think Neil Diamond gets no royalties everytime his song is played in every corny baseball movie known to man?

You think these musicians are doing this as a hobby? It's their career. If they didn't make money or become rock icons, they wouldn't be in the industry. Delude yourself more.

Daniel Johnston is nearly retarded, living with his parents, too off to even regret doing all those drugs. If he wants to make some money after years of having better musicians cover his music or making quarters on tapes sold out of the back of his brother's trunk, who are you to judge him?

Sell on Daniel. Sell on. Maybe the devil told you to do it.

Posted by Pete | September 7, 2012 12:03 AM

My problem is not that Daniel Johnston's beautiful song is in a commercial, it's that the song doesn't really go with it.

Posted by anon | September 19, 2012 12:07 PM

i really love getting yelled at by henry r.

Posted by chatvoice | October 24, 2012 1:03 PM

Here in South Africa axe isn't really considered as a "douchebag" thing. Which is ironic because this advert will probably never air here.

Posted by Werner | February 5, 2013 8:19 AM

he was already in a Target ad remember? "Speeding Motorcycle." hope he moved more product for Axe.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2013 10:01 AM

@ 10:01am

Daniel has never had a song in a Target commercial.

P.S. - who cares how much product he moved, he bought a shit load of comics and VHS tapes with his license fee. he's happy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2013 10:22 AM

Mary Lou Lord's cover of Speeding Motorcycle" was used in a Target commercial.

Posted by George Blau | July 12, 2014 2:15 PM

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