John Darnielle
John Darnielle in 2010

Years Active in The Mountain Goats



Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano

Associated Acts

The Mountain Goats, The Extra Lens, The Seneca Twins, The Bloody Hawaiians, The Congress, The Comedians, #tcot

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Darnielle singing and playing in 2006

John Darnielle is a singer-songwriter most famous for being the primary member of the Mountain Goats, although he has also been a member of bands such as The Extra Lens and The Congress. He is married to Lalitree Darnielle.

In the Mountain Goats, John is the vocalist, guitarist, and sometimes pianist. He has been the only constant member of the Mountain Goats throughout their career, often the only member, and almost always the sole songwriter.


With The Mountain GoatsEdit

See Discography

With The Extra LensEdit

See The Extra Lens#Discography

With The CongressEdit

See The Congress#Discography

With The Bloody HawaiiansEdit

  • The Magnificent Bloody Hawaiians (1985)
  • Bastard Son (1986)
  • The Threegos (1994)

With The Seneca TwinsEdit

With #tcotEdit

  • #tcot (2015)


  • Whiskey, You're the Devil by Various Artists (1996) (vocals on "Just What I Needed" by Diskothi-Q)
  • The Life and Death of an American Fourtracker by John Vanderslice (2002) (writer, "Cool Purple Mist" and "Nikki Oh Nikki")
  • [unknown release] by The Wave Pictures (2003?) (vocals on "He Swims Like a Fish")
  • Pixel Revolt by John Vanderslice (2005) ("lyric editing")
  • Esopus CD #6 by Various Artists (2006) (vocals on "Systems Thinking Building Mode Consultant" by Magnetophone)
  • None Shall Pass by Aesop Rock (2007) (vocals on "Coffee")
  • Cavalcade by Bellafea (2008) (vocals on "Depart (I Never Know You)")
  • Majesty Shredding by Superchunk (2010) (vocals on "Digging for Something" and cameo in the song's music video)
  • Thunder Thighs by Kimya Dawson (2011) (vocals on "Walk Like Thunder")


  • Black Sabbath's Master of Reality (2008)
  • Wolf in White Van (2014)
  • Universal Harvester (2017)

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