J’ai beaucoup d’émotion par rapport à Elliott Smith

« J’ai beaucoup d’émotion par rapport à Elliott Smith. Quand on écoute ses chansons, on se dit qu’il avait tout compris au niveau des mélodies. Il avait une voix particulière qui touchait, des compositions, des textes très forts. Ce soir-là, on avait les Smashing Pumpkins qui jouaient dans le parc. Elliott Smith jouait quant à lui en fin de soirée à l’Orangerie, et je me rappelle avoir dû moi-même rameuter le public pour qu’il vienne le voir. Continue reading


Right next to Max Fish

“Right next to Max Fish was this gallery called Alleged Gallery.  One night you’d meet Jim Thirlwell and the next night you’d meet Chan Marshall or Elliott Smith. Elliott was around all the time. What a sweetheart. I didn’t know him that well, but the few times we did hang out really had an impact on me. Every time was just trying to talk him out of committing suicide. He’d be like, “Give me reasons.” And I guess you were supposed to bring up the Beatles.”

Stewart Lupton (1975-2018)



My name is Holly Williams


“My name is Holly Williams. Elliott Smith was my favorite musician/singer/songwriter of all time. I have all his albums and bootlegs and the Strange Parallel video. I have been devastated this week. I am a musician and he inspires me more than anyone. I am Hank Williams Jr’s daughter and Hank Williams Sr’s granddaughter. I have read interviews where Elliott talks about Hank Sr. and he’s wearing my dad’s t-shirt on the cover of XO. My grandfather had a very rough life and Elliott’s life reminded me alot of it. Hank Sr. had so many inner demons to struggle with and I always hoped and prayed that Elliott would be able to overcome those. His music will be influential for decades, it was honest and beautiful and intricate. His music changed my life. May he rest in the peace that he couldn’t seem to find here…”

Holly Williams (29 octobre 2003)

I’ll use a cut-up method or sewing box

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“I’ll use a cut-up method or sewing box I have that’s full of words that will send me down a certain path. It does seem to unlock your unconscious, I kind of feel the song is buried back somewhere. I turned a few people on to one-minute songs. It’s like this little ritual that you pass to those who might be receptive. Elliott Smith was one of them. There’s a tape somewhere.”

Grant Lee Phillips

One morning during the tour I wake up in St Louis

“One morning during the tour I wake up in St Louis to the sound of my hotel room phone ringing. I get the news that our friend Elliott Smith has died back in Echo Park. The first time I met Elliott, back in 1996, I walked out of the room and pulled one of our mutual friends aside and said, “I’m worried about this guy.” He was a super sweet and quiet guy who didn’t appear to have any armor to protect himself, and he was on the rise in the music business- not a good place for the armorless, it turns out. I felt really strong and safe in comparison, and that’s saying something. Continue reading

I think Either/Or is the best album I have ever heard


“I think Either/Or is the best album I have ever heard. And I also love his first two albums. The sound of early Elliott Smith is so honest, pure, cool and very, very, very mysterious. As I started to record songs, I wanted to be Elliott Smith. After a while, luckily, I could find my own style, but yes, he was my big inspiration.”

Saint Thomas (Thomas Hansen, 1976 – 2007)

Sebadoh, Quasi and Elliott Smith. Great bands, great night.


“Sebadoh, Quasi and Elliott Smith. Great bands, great night. Elliott was a really sweet and beautiful guy. He came with us in the van to a few shows and hung out. He was my co-pilot as we would do a long-ass haul back to London after a show and we would talk for hours about music, India, studio gear, whatever. We stayed in touch and hung out whenever he played in Amsterdam. I think Arun was a few months old when he was exposed to Elliott’s music (during his soundcheck at the Melkweg). I’ll never forget being in Iceland with Sebadoh, when Lou got a call to tell of Elliott’s passing. We were so stunned. He is still missed by many.”

Ajay Saggar 

Elliott Smith to me was the beginning


“I love Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and these people who hit these emotional places. But Elliott Smith to me was the beginning. I was writing a lot of that time, but he was the one. He was definitely a major influence on me.
I saw him at The Warfield in San Francisco, and I saw him at The Fillmore. I actually got to meet him after the Fillmore, which was pretty crazy. You know how you say you should never meet your heroes? He was quite frail. I ended up sharing some Jameson’s with him from a bottle. People were treating him like this delicate little flower they had to kind of dance around. And I wanted to grab him and say, ‘Dude you’re a fucking legend: a hero!’ Everyone was treating him like a child, which you imagine just added to his sadness and darkness.”

Jake Smith / The White Buffalo

My gripe about the whole Americana thing

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“My gripe about the whole Americana thing is that it started to become a parody of itself. There was this real swelling of irony. There’s no irony or gimmick with Elliott Smith. That guy is sincere. He’s a real soulful songwriter. It’s easy to find a band that makes good records – I like the way Spiritualized and Radiohead make records. But it’s hard to find a great songwriter, and I think he’s one of the best around.”

Joe Pernice