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Jack Johnson

Background information
Birth name Jack Hody Johnson
Born May 18, 1975 (1975-05-18) (age 34)
Origin North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
Genres Acoustic
Soft rock
Pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker, surfer, record label owner
Instruments Vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, drums
Years active 1999–present
Labels Everloving/Brushfire/Universal

Jack Hody Johnson (born May 18, 1975) [1] is a Hawaii resident, singer-songwriter, musician, filmmaker,[2] and surfer known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released four more albums and a number of EPs. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival.


Early life

Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, he took an interest in the sport. He began surfing at the age of 5. At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu's north shore. One week later, however, his brief stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put over 150 stitches in his forehead and knocked a few of his teeth out.[3] [4]

Johnson graduated from Kahuku High School on the North Shore of Oahu. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with a degree in film.

While in college, he developed his passion for music, and played rhythm guitar for the party band Soil.[3] Johnson's credits his songwriting influences as Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, Fugazi, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Kids in Trees, Neil Young, Sublime, and A Tribe Called Quest.[2]


Johnson's professional career began after befriending G. Love on a day of surfing. G. Love would later record Johnson's song "Rodeo Clowns" for his 1999 album Philadelphonic. Johnson sang and played on the track, and it became the first single from the album.

Johnson then co-directed Thicker Than Water, a documentary surf film released in 2000. He also composed the accompanying soundtrack.

Johnson's four-track music demo soon caught the ear of Ben Harper's producer, J. P. Plunier, who worked with Johnson on his debut album Brushfire Fairytales in early 2001 with Harper and his Weissenborn lap steel guitar making a guest appearance. The album also featured guest vocals from Sam Beam of Iron & Wine on the track "It's All Understood". Brushfire Fairytales was released on February 1, 2001.

In 2002, Jack Johnson, along with his wife Kim and friend Emmett Malloy, created Brushfire Records (originally as The Moonshine Conspiracy Records) to release soundtracks for surf films made by The Moonshine Conspiracy (now Woodshed Films), of which Johnson was a part.

He directed and starred in the surf film The September Sessions released in December 2002. The soundtrack also featured Johnson.

Johnson went back into the studio with Adam Topol (drums, percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass), who played on Brushfire Fairytales, to record his second full-length album On and On. It was the first album to be recorded at Johnson's Mango Tree Studio in Johnson's home town of North Shore, Oahu, and the first to be released through The Moonshine Conspiracy Records. On and On was released on May 6, 2003. Johnson credits most of his inspiration for this album from childhood friend Andrew Brown

Jack Johnson performing at the Austin City Limits Festival 2004.

Johnson starred in the 2004 surf film A Brokedown Melody.

In October 2004, Johnson returned to the Mango Tree Studio with Topol and Podlewski along with Zach Gill (of Animal Liberation Orchestra) playing accordian, melodica and piano, to record his follow-up to 2003's On and On. In Between Dreams was released on March 1, 2005.

Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George is a soundtrack album by Jack Johnson, released on February 7, 2006. The album also features Adam Topol, Ben Harper, G. Love, Kawika Kahiapo, Matt Costa, Merlo Podlewski and Zach Gill. It was the first soundtrack to make it to number 1 since the Bad Boys II soundtrack in August 2003 and was the first soundtrack for an animated film to top the Billboard 200 since the Pocahontas soundtrack in July 1995.

Johnson enlisted J.P. Plunier to produce his fourth full-length studio album, Sleep Through the Static. It was recorded using 100% solar energy at the Solar-Powered Plastic Plant studio in Los Angeles. The album featured Gill (keys), Podlewski (bass) and Topol (drums, percussion). Sleep Through the Static was released on February 1, 2008 and was followed by a world tour.

A live album and DVD of Johnson's 2008 world tour, entitled En Concert, was released on October 27, 2009.[5] The DVD was directed by Emmett Malloy.

Jack Johnson produced Animal Liberation Orchestra's fifth studio album, Man of the World, which was released February 9, 2010. The album also features vocals from Johnson.

On 1 February 2010, Johnson's official website announced that his fifth studio album, To the Sea, was in the recording process at the Mango Tree Studio, with a planned worldwide release during the first week of June 2010.[6][7] The website also announced an accompanying European tour to coincide with the album's release.[6]

The first single from his To the Sea album is to be 'You and Your Heart'.

On February 1st 2010 Johnson was confirmed for Glastonbury 2010

On March 5th 2010 his website confirmed that Johnson will be touring in the US. Dates will be announced sometime in March of this year.

Personal life

In 2000, Jack Johnson married his college sweetheart Kim. They have three children. Johnson lives in Hawaii with his family on the island of Oahu.

Band members

Jack Johnson's band is composed of:


Studio albums

See also


External links


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Jack Johnson (born May 18, 1975) is a Hawaiin-born singer/songwriter, surfer, and filmmaker.



Brushfire Fairytales (2001)

  • Well, dust off your thinking caps
    Solar powered plastic plants
    Pretty pictures of things we ate
    We are only what we hate
    But in the long run we have found
    Silent films are full of sound
    Inaudibly free
    Slow down everyone
    You're moving too fast
    Frames can't catch you when
    You're moving like that
    • Inaudible Melodies
  • Inaudible melodies
    Serve narrational strategies
    Unobtrusive tones
    Help to notice nothing but the zone
    Of visual relevancy
    Frame-lines tell me what to see
    Chopping like an axe
    Or maybe Eisenstein should just relax
    • Inaudible Melodies
  • Well, Plato's cave is full of freaks
    Demanding refunds for the things they've seen
    I wish they could believe
    In all the things that never made the screen
    • Inaudible Melodies
  • Well I know some people's they got a little less than nothing
    But still find some to spare
    And other people got more than they could use
    But they don't share
    And some people got problems man
    They got awful complications
    Other people got perfect situations
    With no provocation
    • Middle Man
  • Here comes another one, just like the other one
    Looking at himself but wishing he was someone else
    Because the posters on the wall they don't look like him
    And so he ties it up he tucks it in, he pulls it back and gives a grin
    Laughing at himself because he knows he ain't loved at all
    He knows he ain't loved at all
    • Posters
  • You're breaking your mind
    By killing the time that kills you
    But you can't blame the time
    When its only in your mind
    • Sexy Plexi
  • It seems to me that maybe,
    It pretty much always means no
    So don't tell me you might just let it go
    And often times we're lazy
    It seems to stand in my way
    Cause no one no not no one
    Likes to be let down
  • I know she loves the sunrise
    No longer sees it with her sleeping eyes
    And I know that when she said she's gonna try
    Well it might not work because of other ties and
    I know she usually has some other ties
    And I wouldn't want to break 'em, nah, I wouldn't want to break 'em
    Maybe she'll help me to untie this but
    Until then well, I'm gonna have to lie too
    • Flake
  • His dreams are like commercials
    But her dreams are picture perfect and
    Our dreams are so related though they're often underestimated
    • Bubble Toes
  • Well I was eating lunch at the D. L. G.
    When this little girl came and she sat next to me
    I never seen nobody move the way she did
    Well she did and she does and she'll do it again.
    When you move like a jellyfish
    Rhythm don't mean nothing
    You go with the flow
    You don't stop
    Move like a jellyfish
    Rhythm is nothing
    You go with the flow
    You don't stop
    • Bubble Toes
  • She's the one that stumbles when she talks about
    The seven foreign films that she's checked out
    Such a fortunate fool
    She's just too good to be true
    She's such a fortunate fool
    • Fortunate Fool
  • A billion people died on the news tonight
    But not so many cried at the terrible sight
    Well mama said
    It's just make believe
    You can't believe everything you see
    So baby close your eyes to the lullabies
    On the news tonight
    • The News
  • Why don't the newscasters cry when they read about people who die?
    At least they could be decent enough to put just a tear in their eyes.
    • The News
  • We used to laugh a lot
    But only because we thought
    That everything good always would remain
    Nothing's gonna change there's no need to complain.
    • Mudfootball
  • Look who's laughing now that you've wasted
    How many years and you've barely even tasted
    Anything remotely close to
    Everything you've boasted about
    Look who's crying now.
    • F-Stop Blues
  • Losing hope is easy
    When your only friend is gone
    And every time you look around
    Well, it all, it all just seems to change
    But hanging on is easy
    When you've got a friend to call
    When nothings making sense at all
    You're not the only one that's afraid of change
    • Losing Hope

On and On (2003)

  • Look at all those fancy clothes
    but these could keep us warm just like those
    and what about your soul, is it cold
    is it straight from the mold and ready to be sold
    and cars and phones and diamond rings, bling bling
    those are only removeable things
    and what about your mind, does it shine oh
    are there things that concern you more than your time
    • Gone
  • And I don't pretend to know what you know
    no no
    now please don't pretend to know what's on my mind
    if we already knew everything that everybody knows
    we would have nothing to learn tonight
    and we would have nothing to show tonight
    oh but everybody thinks
    that everybody knows
    about everybody else
    nobody knows
    anything about themselves
    cause their all worried about everybody else.
    • Wasting Time
  • You can't blame me sure the killer was my son
    but I didn't teach him to pull the trigger of the gun
    It's the killing on this tv screen
    you can't blame me it's those images he's seen.
    Well you can't blame me says the media man
    Well I wasn't the one who came up with the plan
    And I just point my camera at what the people want to see
    Man it's a two way mirror and you can't blame me.
    • Cookie Jar
  • It was you it was me it was every man
    We've all got the blood on our hands
    We only receive what we demand
    and if we want hell then hells what we'll have.
    • Cookie Jar

In Between Dreams (2005)

  • Its always better when we're together
    Somewhere in between together
    Its always better when we're together
    Yeah, its always better when we're together.
  • Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart
    Like: why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it's so hard?
    It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving
    I'll tell you one thing its always better when we're together.
    • Better Together
  • Never knowing
    Shocking but we're nothing
    We're just moments
    We're Clever but we're clueless
    We're just human
    Amusing but confusing
    But the truth is
    All we got is questions
    We'll Never Know.
    • Never Know
  • The telephone is singing
    Ringing it's too early
    Don't pick it up
    We don't need to we got everything
    We need right here
    And everything we need is enough
    Just so easy
    When the whole world fits inside of your arms
    Don't really need to pay attention to the alarm.
    • Banana Pancakes
  • Where'd all the good people go?
    I've been changin' channels
    I don't see them on the TV shows
    Where'd all the good people go?
    We got heaps and heaps of what we sow.
  • They got this and that with a rattle a tat.
    Testing, one, two, man whatcha gonna do?
    Bad news misused, got too much to lose.
    Give me some truth now, whose side are we on?
    Whatever you say.
    Turn on the boob tube, I’m in the mood to obey.
    So lead me astray.
    • Good People
  • And know that if I knew
    all of the answers I would
    Not hold them from you. You'd
    Know all the things that I'd know
    We told each other, there is no other way.
    • No Other Way
  • Must I always be waiting, waiting on you?
    Must I always be playing, playing the fool?
  • Well if I was in your position
    I'd put down all my ammunition
    I'd wondered why'd it take me so long.
    But Lord knows that I'm not you
    And if I was I wouldn't be so cruel
    Cause waiting on love ain't so easy to do.
    • Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
  • Well I guess you could say
    That he don't even know where to begin
    Cause he looked both ways but he was so afraid
    Diggin' deeper through the ditch
    With every chance he missed
    And the mess he made
    Cause hate is such a strong word
    And every brick he laid
    A mistake they say
    That his walls are getting taller
    His world is getting smaller.
    • Staple It Together

Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George (2006)

  • Who’s to say what’s impossible?
    Well they forgot this world keeps spinning.
    And with each new day,
    I can feel a change in everything.

    And as the surface breaks, reflections fade.
    But in some ways they remain the same.
    And as my mind begins to spread it’s wings
    There’s no stopping curiosity.
  • I want to turn the whole thing upside down.
    I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found.
    I’ll share this love I find with everyone.
    We’ll sing and dance to mother nature’s songs.
    I don’t want this feeling to go away.
    • Upside Down
  • With everything ahead of us
    We left everything behind.
    But nothing that we needed;
    At least not at this time.
    And now the feeling that I’m feeling,
    Well it’s feeling like my life is finally mine.
    With nothing to go back to we just continue to drive.
    • Broken
  • Well I’m just people watching
    The other people watching me.
    And we’re all people watching
    The other people watching we.
    • People Watching
  • And the water below gives a gift to the sky
    And the clouds give back every time that they cry
    And make the grass grow green beneath my toes.
  • When you’re so lonely lying in bed,
    Night’s closed it’s eyes but you can’t rest your head.
    Everyone’s sleeping all through the house,
    You wish you could dream but forgot to somehow.

    Sing this lullaby to yourself.
    • Lullaby

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