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sleepy jack 09-02-2006 04:29 PM

Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith
By ArtistInTheAmbulance & Crowquill

A Brief Biography

Elliott Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 9th, 1969 and died at 34 on October 21st, 2003. He was raised in Texas and moved around alot, from New York to California, though he spent the majority of his life in Portland, Oregon.

Elliott Smith played in two bands prior to Heatmiser, those bands were Stranger Than Fiction and A Murder Of Crows, there is only one known recording by both those bands which is The Machine by Stranger Than Fiction.

His solo career began in 94 when Roman Candle was released on Cavity Search though he'd been recording by himself on a four track for a long time. In 95 he released his Self-Titled and 97 Either/or both of which were on Kill Rock Stars which would later release the post-humus compilation New Moon. He would later sign onto DreamWork Records which released XO in 98 and Figure 8 in 2000. His most popular song was Miss Misery which was written for the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, he was nominated for an Oscar but lost to Celine Dion, he never showed any disappointment over this loss, if anything he showed relief. His two latest releases are From A Basement On The Hill which came out in October 19, 2004 on ANTI records and New Moon came out May 8th 2007 on Kill Rock Stars. There has been talk of more releases since its been reported Elliott had a catalogue of music that rivaled many singer/songwriters entire body of work and b-side sites have confirmed there is a good deal many that still remain unreleased.

Elliott Smith influenced a variety of musicians and that influence is most likely only just starting to show notable musicians hes influenced are: Blake Sennett, Kevin Devine, Ben Folds, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Emily Haines, Pete Krebs, Aaron Espinoza, Madeleine Peyroux and others.

Elliott's Sound

His first two releases Roman Candle and Elliott Smith are primarily low-fi acoustic in vein of Nick Drake. Though with Elliott Smith he introduced more instruments which would show what to come with Either/or.

Either/or, which is considered by many to be his best album serves as sort of a bridge between his nick drake-esque lo-fi stuff to his Beatles influenced baroque pop and clean acoustic sound that would come later.

His two major label releases after that XO and Figure 8 hold an obvious Beatles influence as well as cleaner more put together sounding acoustic songs that incorporate a variety of instruments and sounds he never had access to before.

From a Basement On the Hill is really just a compilation, it contains some of his most experimental tracks such as King's Crossing and Shooting Star as well as his stripped down acoustic songs like Twilight. New Moon is a compilation of songs from his Elliott Smith/Either/or era, so its sound is similar to that.

Discography and Recommended Tracks:

Roman Candle
Suggested Tracks:
No Name #1
Condor Ave.
No Name #3
Roman Candle

Elliott Smith
Suggested Tracks:
St. Ides Heaven
The Biggest Lie
Needle In The Hay
Coming Up Roses

Suggested Tracks:
Between the Bars
Rose Parade
Say Yes

Suggested Tracks:
Waltz #2 (XO)
Baby Britain
A Question Mark
Independence Day

Figure 8
Suggested Tracks:
Everything Reminds Me Of Her
Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?
Can't Make a Sound

From A Basement On The Hill
Suggested Tracks:
King's Crossing
A Fond Farewell
Lets Get Lost
Pretty (Ugly Before)

New Moon
Suggested Tracks:
All Cleaned Out
New Monkey
Whatever (Folk Song in C)
High Times

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MoonlitSunshine 09-02-2006 04:35 PM

ahhhh I love his music. I don't have either/or or XO though... :(

sleepy jack 09-02-2006 04:41 PM


Originally Posted by MoonlitSunshine
ahhhh I love his music. I don't have either/or or XO though... :(

XO is my favorite album, either/or is good but not one of his best. I'll upload them at some point for you over the next week.

MoonlitSunshine 09-02-2006 04:43 PM

Really? Thanks!

I think my favourite album is either Figure 8 or From a Basement on the Hill

bungalow 09-02-2006 04:44 PM

Either/Or is his only good album and everythig else is trash.

MoonlitSunshine 09-02-2006 04:46 PM

Really. Well, I suppose everyone's entitled to their view, even if it is completely and utterly wrong...

bungalow 09-02-2006 04:47 PM


even if it is completely and utterly wrong...
At least you can admit it.

sleepy jack 09-02-2006 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by bungalowbill357
Either/Or is his only good album and everythig else is trash.

Chris says:
well, i've decided it is about a needle in a haystack, and he's happy because he keeps finding it
ethan (wear your makeup like a weapon.) says:
hahah okay
ethan (wear your makeup like a weapon.) says:
and bungalow is gonna reply saying
ethan (wear your makeup like a weapon.) says:
either/or is his only good album all his other work is ****
Chris says:

bungalow 09-02-2006 04:48 PM

I'm just consistant :p:

_Spinning_ 09-02-2006 04:49 PM

Love Elliott.

Favorite album, From a Basment on a Hill.
Closely followed by Either/Or

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