Dan Deacon Performs "Ohio" on NBC Morning

Dan Deacon is an interesting specimen.  These days you'll find him working on classical compositions, scoring films by Francis Ford Coppola, doing shows at Carnegie Hall, and having his music played all over Adult Swim.

But back in the day he was doing nutty electronic music (and still is, don't get me wrong!).

I remember about ten years ago seeing Dan on NBC's morning show doing the most purposefully awkward and entertaining performance ever.  It was so goofy that the host even tried to start joking with him, which is always annoying.  Shut your mouth and let the man play his song!

I share that performance with you now...  Here's Dan Deacon performing his song Ohio...

This is back in the day when he was rocking the sine-wave generator and doing everything on a synth.  Look how friggin' awesome this guy is.  He purposefully left his zipper down, is rocking Kanye glasses before Kanye was even around, and is spazzing out like he forgot his meds.

Here's the lyrics so you can memorize them and sing this in the shower, car, or constantly to annoy your significant other (cat).

Ohio Lyrics

I guess I sort of lied when I said it's not that bad.
That dog, black cat, that little tiny man...
I guess I sort of lied when I said it's not that bad.
I fly that helicopter, that red and white van.

Ohio, is it too late, Ohio, hooo?

We're talking paper forks now!
We're talking bacon cuts now!
We're talking, turkey talking, turkey walking, every smog now!
We're talking 16 ska bands!
We're talking 19 ska bands!
We're talking rooty suits and rooty poots and sooty moots new!

Get it, brah!  Recently Dan's videos and lyrics have leaned heavily toward the spiritual and psychedelic side of things.  He makes a lot of references to the 70's hippy culture icons and stories that have been passed around since then.  You won't get much of it unless you've taken a deep dive into all of that.  But if you have, then there's no way for you to miss the references.  For instance, the name of one of more recent songs is called "Crystal Cat."  If you know, then you really know because there's no way to forget that story.  If you're planning on going for the hunt, it has to do with "thumb prints."

dan deacon ohio

Even more recently, Dan got honored with an amazing Adult Swim animation for one of his songs, forming what I guess is the official video now, for his song called "When I Was Done Dying."  This song has a droning sense of Hindu mantras, is completely psychedelic and explains the process of taking "heroic doses" of that stuff, and how spiritual it can be.  They should also tell you, but don't so I'll tell you, that you can also absolutely screw your mind and life up doing that too.  Tread carefully and responsibly.

Much respect to Sir Deacon, who never compromised his art form for the dollar.  He stayed true to the game, harnessed real talent, and hustled his butt off.  That's what it's about.  He's a true inspiration and lives up to the Ledger Note motto of "Gear, Gigs, Grind, Glory!"

Go to his site, buy his records, and gee golly darnit, just tell the guy you appreciate what he's doing!