It’s very different from the kind of songs that I seem to make up


“[The Marble Index] is very different from the kind of songs that I seem to make up, and it seems very static in a way. It doesn’t move a whole lot, but it’s still really great, and I’m intrigued by that. There’s something really cool about how static and immovable it is – very stream-of-consciousness-like and harmonically kind of droning. Even though I’ve been listening to it over and over again, I still can’t put my finger on what I like about it. But I really do like it.”

Elliott Smith (avril 2000)


You know ‘As’ by Stevie Wonder?

©Steve Appleford

“You know ‘As’ by Stevie Wonder? It’s on ‘Songs In the Key of Life’, actually. He’s like reeling off this really long list of metaphors for how long he’s going to love someone. It’s all – I’ll love you til the end of this or that – and they’re all things that can’t end. That might be a good one for my funeral! Or maybe a Velvet Underground song, like ‘Sunday Morning’, or ‘Beginning to See the Light’. Yeah, that’s the one. That’s it. Perfect! That’s the song I’d like to have played at my funeral.”

Elliott Smith

Nobody wants to be pinned down


“Nobody wants to be pinned down and commit to somebody’s interpretation of them. Oftentimes people are doing lyrics, but there is so much irony involved that it makes the whole thing so slippery I can’t really feel anything in connection to it. There’s certainly a place for irony, but it seems like it’s really moved up the priority list for a lot of people and it’s not one of my favorite parts of music. I’m not really into seeing a jokey band or a particularly ironic one. Just because something is witty and ironic doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good any more than something being a sickly sweet confessional makes it any good either. That sort of contrived personality doesn’t work either way.”

Elliott Smith

Pictures of Me was more about seeing people on movies


Pictures of Me was more about seeing people on movies and TV do really shitty things… Somebody can do something good or bad and, of course, you can too. So it’s just about it being a drag to be reminded constantly what assholes people can be to each other. It didn’t come off sounding like that I guess. It sounds like I’m tired of having my picture taken.”

Elliott Smith