That happened right after Lost in Translation


“That happened right after Lost in Translation. I was gaining a reputation, it was like, “If you can work with Kevin, you can work with Elliott.” Again, Elliott wasn’t my idea, it was Mike Mills’ idea to have Elliott come in and write music. It wasn’t really to write music, Elliott was asked to do some covers. We did “Trouble” by Cat Stevens, which is a song that Elliott…He didn’t like Cat Stevens, but he liked the song. If you’ve heard that song, his version of it, I can’t listen to it. It’s too painful, but he made it his song. He literally…And it’s the last thing he ever recorded. Mike had asked him also to do a cover of John Lennon’s “Isolation,” which is quite possibly one of the greatest recordings in the history of music. You don’t redo that, it’s too good. But Elliott loved John Lennon and he was working on it. Elliott was very similar to Kevin in a way, very sensitive, very quiet, great with the desk. I worked with a few people who are really insanely good engineers as well as musicians. Their engineering skills are a part of their music.(…)Elliott was fantastic. He played me some music that was just mind-blowing. I was trying to hook him and Kevin Shields up because Elliott was scared to death of his studio. He couldn’t go in it. The problem with, I could say a few artists that I know, is that they’ve made these incredible recordings, these monumental iconic records, and they’re scared to death to follow them up.”

Brian Reitzell


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