Daniel Johnston Calls Yo La Tengo At WFMU Studios And Performs Speedy Motorcycle

Blog Up a great new French blog has posted my #1 moment of live radio. Sunday nights at WFMU in E. Orange NJ bands would come in and play live. One auspicious Sunday Yo La Tengo was in the studio and this was sometime around the release of their breakout record New Wave Hotdogs and Daniel Johnston called up on the telephone to sing lead vocals over the phone for the band. The song they chose was a Daniel Johnston number called Speeding (or speedy) Motorcycle. It’s goosebump time I swear to you.


Here’s the link to Blog Up’s post and two versions of the song, both are great but the first one is the version I’m referring to.

3 Responses to “Daniel Johnston Calls Yo La Tengo At WFMU Studios And Performs Speedy Motorcycle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I heard this version with the telephone lyric late one night on the John Peel show many years ago. Although I was falling off to sleep at the time, this was an amazing sound and one I have never forgotten. I thought I would never hear it again. The power of the Internet!! Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow! never knew that was daniel johnston on the phone. i always thought it was some weird teenage fan named daniel. great song!

  3. Elwyn says:

    Wow. Welcome to something that was officially released ten years ago.
    (Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Disc 1)