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A Fan Hated Father John Misty’s Dancing So Much They Wrote A Letter To His Label

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Father John Misty is one of those artists who evokes a host of opinions and reactions in people. Some love him, some hate him, some love parts of his performance and hate other parts. One fan, who self-admittedly loves Father John Misty’s music, hated something else about his show so much that he wrote a letter to his label, Sub Pop Records about it. You can read the full text of the letter above, but the gist of the story is that this fan — and his wife — were so taken aback by Josh Tillman’s dance moves that they felt it ruined his show.

“I believe my wife said it best,” a fan named Charles wrote to Sub Pop founder Jonathan Poneman. “’His dancing is a cross between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character in Boogie Nights and the serial killer in Silence Of The Lambs.’ If Mr. Tillman’s dancing is the result of a medical condition, I apologize.”

Not to worry though, Tillman certainly chooses his own dance moves with glee. He shared the letter himself on Facebook today, implying it didn’t really hurt his feelings much. Read the letter below:

Full text of the letter:

Re: Father John Misty Joshua Tillman’s On-Stage Gesticulations/Antics

Dear Poneman,
I recently returned from Sasquatch Music Festival which I attended with my wife, seventeen year old son, and his friend. I was looking forward to Father John Misty’s performance. As usual, Sub Pop continues to identify and develop talented artists, and I would place Father John Misty at the top of any list.

Unfortunately, Mr. Joshua Tillman’s “dancing” took away from an otherwise fantastic show. I believe my wife said it best: “His dancing is a cross between Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character in Boogie Nights and the serial killer in Silence Of The Lambs. If Mr. Tillman’s dancing is the result of a medical condition, I apologize. If the dancing is within his control, please tell him less is more. I remain a fan of Father John Misty, Mr. Tillman, and your label.

Sincerely, Charles [Redacted]

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