7 Years ago today the late, great Elliott Smith died. There is still some debate as to whether he committed suicide or not. But that’s another matter altogether. This post is to celebrate the life of Smith and the never ending legacy that he left behind.
I’m a huge fan of his songwriting skills and voice but i’m simply in awe of the raw emotion he could pluck and strum out of 6 simple guitar strings. There are only a handful of people in this universe of ours who can somehow make me feel the way i do when i listen to Elliott Smith tracks. His albums aren’t ones that i listen to when i’m company of friends. No, Elliott Smith is best experienced alone and dare i say it when you’re feeling down. If you know his back story and the struggles he went through then you’ll know what i mean. The words he sings, the way he sings them, the guitar he strums and the way he strums it can inspire anyone, no matter how down you are, to find that little extra bit of strength to pull through the darkest of times.
He was and still is an inspirational figure to myself and many my friends but it’s not just us who love him…….
His songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists and through a huge spectrum of genres. Here’s a select few.
MP3: Metric – Between The Bars (Elliott Smith Cover)
MP3: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Ballad Of Big Nothing (Elliott Smith cover)
MP3: My Vitriol – Bottle Up And Explode (Elliott Smith cover)
MP3: Jump Clubb – Angeles (Elliott Smith cover)
He wasn’t adverse to performing and recording a few covers as well….
MP3: Elliott Smith – Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks cover)
MP3: Elliott Smith – Supersonic (Oasis cover)
MP3: Elliott Smith – Thirteen (Big Star cover)
On the 1st of November, Domino Records release a best of Elliott Smith CD simply entitled “An Introduction To……Elliott Smith”. The tracklisting is pretty flawless. Elliott Smith isn’t the easiest person to make a best of compilation for as he has so many songs that are worthy of making the cut but the album has been whittled down to 14 tracks from this supremely talented and gifted artist.
MP3: Elliott Smith – Miss Misery
MP3: Elliott Smith – Twilight
One of my favourite tracks that didn’t make the best of compilation is “Amity” from the XO album.
MP3: Elliott Smith – Amity
Live he was a phenomenal force. Quiet yet loud. Happy yet sad. Weak yet somehow strong. All the while very shy and very endearing.
You can download a live Elliott Smith set from Stockholm in 1998 here.
Here’s the setlist:
2. Division Day
5. Between the Bars
6. Pictures of Me
7. Waltz #2
8. Rose Parade
9. Some Song
10. Say Yes
11. Needle in the Hay
12. Roman Candle
13. Independence Day
14. Speed Trials
15. 2:45 AM
16. No Name #1
I’ve never seen him live in the flesh but i’ve seen a lot of YouTube videos and this one in particular gives me chills every time. You feel like he’s in the room alongside you playing for only you.
All that’s left to say is..
S.I.T Wolf XO