Mountain Goats - High level

Singer/songwriter John Darnielle is almost entirely accountable for the good name and fame of the American indie rock band The Mountain Goats (Claremont, California).

In 2005 music critic Sasha Frere-Jones sang the praise of Darnielle in The New Yorker calling him America's best non-hip hop lyricist.

And a year later leading entertainment journal Paste Magazine added John to its list of the '100 Best Living Songwriters'.

High level, this Darnielle.

Mountain Goats band name inspiration - Mountain-goats-With-sonScreamin' Jay Hawkins song 'Yellow Coat' is responsible for the origin of the name Mountain Goats.

The third and final verse of that song goes like this:

'I took a plane out midwest
To see my Uncle Joe
We ran into some real bad weather
Ice, rain and snow
Fifty million bulldogs
Twenty mountain goats
All gathered 'round at sundown
To see my yellow coat'.

Active: 1991-present, USA

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