“After moving to Olympia in ‘92, I usually played an acoustic guitar and my songs, though still fueled by the same substances, mania, and demons as before had evolved into more conventional, if somewhat overwrought, pop tunes with pseudo-messianic and covertly psychedelic overtones. I played out and toured quite a bit between 92 and 2000.
In summer of 1995, I put on this show (which was something I almost never did) at The Midnight Sun in downtown Olympia. I thought Elliott’s solo songs were great (He was still usually billed as “Elliott Smith from Heatmiser” at this point) so I got his number from Lois and called him up. He was living in Portland at the time and I promised him we’d at least give him gas money if he could make it up. He was into it.