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Oh oh, Sherry!
June 11, 2013 9:31 PM   Subscribe

The Pirate of Love is an album of love songs to Sherry by outsider musician / truck driver Daniel C. The self-released album somehow found its way to Iceland, where it's had some influence on the music scene and caused an animation student to make an animated documentary about the film. A truck dispatcher in Memphis was given the CD by one of his drivers, Daniel Ciocan. The man googled it, found the documentary, and put the driver and the filmmaker in touch. Each of them is now working on a sequel. Daniel and Sherry are now married.
posted by dobbs (22 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love people. Thanks, dobbs!
posted by carsonb at 10:27 PM on June 11, 2013


So if Daniel and Sherry are now married, were the rumors about her being "a bit too young for everybody" (from the documentary) unfounded, or...?

Is there a follow-up interview or anything?
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:29 PM on June 11, 2013


Ah, I see it now. I watched the video inline so I didn't notice the link on the vimeo page:

The Pirate of Love Vol. II
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:30 PM on June 11, 2013


I've always thought I hated overly romantic mush, but here I am totally tearing up over these goofy songs so now I'm questioning my whole existence.
posted by item at 12:20 AM on June 12, 2013


He also wrote songs about Obama.
posted by pracowity at 1:59 AM on June 12, 2013


Hm. Some Icelandic hipsters ironically digging an oddball and his songs. Not really getting the "I love people" aspect here.
posted by iotic at 4:02 AM on June 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


For some reason the first link in the OP doesn't work on iPad. Try this: The Pirate of Love.
posted by ardgedee at 4:37 AM on June 12, 2013


Cool stuff, thanks for posting it.
posted by roger8799 at 5:46 AM on June 12, 2013


He also wrote songs about Obama.

Why not? Obama had some good work early on. It's his later stuff that really isn't song worthy or danceable.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:48 AM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Obama had some good work early on.

I'm really only fond of his early demos; by the time he recorded his debut and followup, the magic was gone.
posted by item at 6:01 AM on June 12, 2013


Guys, derails in threads related to Iceland are supposed to be about European financial matters, not Obama.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:10 AM on June 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


I just started listening. Can anybody identify the singer's accent? (I'm eagerly awaiting getting to more songs to see if it's actually an accent and not just his vocal styling on this track)
posted by entropone at 6:43 AM on June 12, 2013


Doleful Creature's link above implies he's Romanian, but the link also says he's a truck driver in Mississippi (these things are not mutually exclusive).
posted by cjorgensen at 7:18 AM on June 12, 2013


Well, the writing in what appear to be Daniel C (The Pirate of Love)'s infrequent Amazon reviews* might suggest a non-native (but very fluent) English capacity.

I really want to hear the Obama album and anything else Daniel has to offer.

*I couldn't sleep last night ok?
posted by item at 7:41 AM on June 12, 2013


"Daniel Ciocan" sure sounds like a Romanian name. (Bear in mind that many names that sound Romanian can also be Moldovan.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:43 AM on June 12, 2013


This reminds me quite a bit of Daniel Johnston's multitudes of songs for Laurie, though it would appear that the subject of Daniel C's songs is a willing one. Daniel J is an old friend of mine, and up until sometime around 2000 he would speak of Laurie as if his songs held the power to win her over, which they never did. Much like Daniel C's music, it was by no means an act. The other big difference here is that Daniel C was successful while Dan J will forever be one of the great unrequited lovesicknesses.

I can't wait to see Part 2.
posted by item at 7:52 AM on June 12, 2013


The singing is... not great. The playing is only okay. The choice of synth is... interesting, but actually I like the cheesy sound. The songwriting is solid pop. I feel I can actually get into this. Neat!
posted by sixohsix at 8:55 AM on June 12, 2013


Whoa. Crazy to see this on Metafilter. Long time lurker, but I am the truck dispatcher that notified the filmmakers that Daniel Ciocan was a live and well, down in Mississippi (not Memphis). The film makers, Sara and her husband, visited Daniel this past weekend to get his side of the story. They also stopped by my house on Sunday and got my perspective on being "the link". Its crazy watching this story grow!
posted by GreatValhalla at 10:03 AM on June 12, 2013 [12 favorites]


iotic: Some Icelandic hipsters ironically digging an oddball and his songs.

I can tell you that they dig Daniel C. genuinely. There is a great affection in Icelandic bohemian circles for naive synth music. Sigríður Níelsdóttir, a.k.a. Grandma Lo-Fi, made music of the same ilk and was a cult figure that inspired much love. She was also the subject of a documentary. Here's the trailer for that movie.
posted by Kattullus at 12:24 PM on June 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


That's interesting, Kattullus, thanks.

Though I must say your linked video doesn't entirely dissuade me from the judgement of hipsterism, with its grainy film and artisanal montage feel. Still I will admit I have no idea what hipsterism feels like in Iceland, and it's an interesting aesthetic (the music) at any rate.
posted by iotic at 11:55 PM on June 12, 2013


Not really getting the "I love people" aspect here.

Jesus, I've typed and deleted about 83 snarky responses to that, but my original comment was really heartfelt and sullying it with smarm like that doesn't feel right. I wonder if you set the music playing before reading all the comments and/or looking at other parts of the post? sixohsix's breakdown is spot on; these songs are damn good even if the performance of them is somewhat 'charming'. Plus, the post itself is well-written and the story it's about has a very good ending:
The man googled it, found the documentary, and put the driver and the filmmaker in touch. Each of them is now working on a sequel. Daniel and Sherry are now married.
People doesn't get much better than that story, though adding 'the googling man is a MeFite' does improve it a good sight.
posted by carsonb at 4:00 AM on June 13, 2013


carsonb, my apologies for singling out what you said. I read the comments here before watching the video, and so was expecting something heartwarming - but instead I got what looked much like some hipsters smirking over some guy and his "naive" music. I totally believe your reaction was heartfelt - I only wish I'd shared it.
posted by iotic at 6:24 AM on June 13, 2013


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