Some years ago, when a couple of friends were turning 30


“Some years ago, when a couple of friends ‘ were turning 30 and were all bummed out, I was like, who cares? It’s like nobody cares but them. But then, it happened to me a little bit, too. A few months before my birthday, it started to be on my mind. Then, two months before, it started to be a drag. Up until the last moment it seemed like, well, maybe I’ll get hit by a truck and I won’t have to turn 30. Then it happened and it didn’t bother me anymore.”

Elliott Smith

Steve found this robot that had these guns that came out


“Steve found this robot that had these guns that came out, and there was a guy behind the counter who would light the lyrics on fire. And it’d burn up part of the counter top and we’d have to go ‘OK, let’s do it again.’ Clean off the counter top, then here comes the robot, then burn the lyrics. I don’t know, it was kind of fun, watching the lyrics burn.”

Elliott Smith

Most writers aren’t very good judges of their own material



“Most writers aren’t very good judges of their own material. They’ll think one thing is good, because it works, whereas other people might like the thing that didn’t really work, but was way more interesting. Writers opt more for songs that work well than they opt for the songs that represent personal growth, and that poor choice often slows your writing down a lot.”

Elliott Smith  

The records I listen to


“The records I listen to like that don’t always turn up in my music in any tangible way. As much as I like the Stooges’ Fun House or Raw Power, my records aren’t likely to start sounding like that anytime soon. But there are all kinds of things you can pick up and learn from other people. I like getting a bunch of different emotions together, if possible. It’s like having a bunch of people from different eras at some big weird party and making them all talk to each other. I think it creates tension, and tension is one of my favorite parts of songs.”

Elliott Smith