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My personal highlight for his show was a snippet of Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" and Aaliyah's "One In A Million" in his set finale... however those songs might be lost on a younger generation of music fans.
Now that the debut album Diamonds is out, and just premiered on VH-1's "Top 20 Countdown" as well as CMT's "Pure Country", #1 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart, #10 overall, and top 30 on the Billboard 200 Chart, it's safe to say that Johnnyswim have finally made it.
This is a big deal, as explained by Ramirez on stage, he grew up in a small town and dreamt being a musician as an occupation. His friends tried to discourage him, and in fact, one of his friend, Adam, gave Ramirez a quarter so he can call him when Ramirez will find himself "homeless" and looking for help. When Johnnyswim found themselves on the Tonight Show last year, and his friend saw them on national television... guess who called who? With that triumph, they wrote their "suck-it" title track song "Diamonds".
Many of Johnnyswim's songs are stories of their lives and their relationship. You get a glimpse into their love life ("Falling for Me") or family matter ("Adelina", a song about Ramirez's mother and ending with lyrics sung in Spanish.)
Johnnyswim were pretty funny too. When they announced that, "Three months ago, we had our first baby." Everyone looked perplexed, after all Amanda Sudano looked amazing for someone who just gave birth. Then the punchline came, "Not a human baby, it's our new album! We got 67 songs we're going to play, I hope you don't mind."
By the time "Home" was played, they brought back Britten Newbill on stage, who help closed out the rest of their set.
Johnnyswim's Diamonds is out now via Big Picnic Records.
Johnnyswim at the Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (04 August 2014)