Britney Spears, Smash Mouth, N Sync…

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“Britney Spears, Smash Mouth, N Sync… I can’t take any of that stuff seriously. When I think about music, that kind of stuff doesn’t really occur to me. It’s not like ‘Oh, this sucks.’ It’s more like, ‘This is music for kids in junior high.’ And not even all the kids in junior high – this is music for the winners, and for the kids who think they can be popular. But then there are also all the kids who aren’t on the football team, so…it doesn’t really irritate me. It just has nothing to do with me or anyone I know. But yeah, at the moment, you’ve gotta have a sporty mentality or else you get put into the misfit category. And it’s like, ‘I’m not a misfit.’ You know what I mean?'”

Elliott Smith

Elliott had actually done a recording of ‘Hey Jude’

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“Elliott had actually done a recording of ‘Hey Jude’ just a few years back, for none other than “The Royal Tennebaums”. His experience had been embittering. ‘They paid the absolute minimum they could get away with and didn’t even use the recording, after I had gone through a lot of trouble to put the session together, especially for the “nah nah nah” chorus at the end!’, Elliott said, and he was absolutely mortified about the use of “Needle in the Hay” from his self-titled album, during the scene in which Richie Tennenbaum attempts to commit suicide.”That’s the last thing I’d ever want that song to be associated with!” he lamented.”

Andrew Morgan

Feeling disconnected isn’t the same as feeling bad

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“Feeling disconnected isn’t the same as feeling bad. It’s a blurry line, especially if you grew up, like I did, sort of figuring out what life is about through television shows and records that sold a lot of copies. Some of them were good, but some of them didn’t represent any kind of reality. So if you feel like you really can’t relate to what’s on television, maybe that makes you different. There’s sadness in real life. In a way, I think I’m more normal than people who think they are normal.”

Elliott Smith

People always make money by screwing somebody else

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“I mean, in this country, people always make money by screwing somebody else. I don’t know how much difference it makes whether I’m playing music or doing construction work like I used to. Someone always gets paid too much, and someone else doesn’t get paid enough. Sometimes I’m the one getting paid too much, and sometimes I’m not.”

Elliott Smith