I mean, with Elliott, he’s…


Q:”Elliott has said his long hair is more of a statement against short, dyed-haired ‘winners.’

A: Yeah, I don’t really know.. I mean, with Elliott, he’s.. They take a lot of pictures of him, & he does interviews, so he’s all very concious of that kind of stuff… with me, uh, you know, I just treat my hair the same way I’ve always treated it…”

Sam Coomes

Having just returned, & not really having checked the forum

“Having just returned, & not really having checked the forum since just after the web page went up (thanks Charlie), I thought I should drop a few words. First, thank you to all the people who came down to the shows; especially those who got into the spirit & helped the shows fly. This may not have been our biggest tour, but in some ways it may have been our best, despite the difficult circumstances which overtook us along the way. I’ve got to thank Hella (& of course Janet) for showing me that, even as I may find it more & more difficult to tour, when the music kicks in it can still be amazing. Some people have written some nice things about the shows in the forum & we definitely appreciate that. 
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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)

There have been reports of Elliott’s new record


“That reminds me.. There have been reports of Elliott’s new record sounding a lot like the Stooges… do you know anything about this?

I haven’t really heard it, but yeah, I remember, I’ve been into the Stooges really heavily & at the last tour, finally, it seems like Elliott was beginning to listen to the Stooges.. I don’t know why, necessarily.. umm, but he had been listening to it, which I thought was a good thing, perhaps that’s true, I don’t really know…”

Sam Coomes



I’ve known Elliott for a long time

©Craig William Johnston

“I’ve known Elliott for a long time. And when I first met him I thought he was a talented musician – but I know a lot of talented musicians; I never thought he was the MOST talented or anything. But he’s just pushed himself and grown as a musician pretty intensely over the years and I’ve been able to watch it from close range and that’s extremely instructive – musically – but it’s also gratifying to see a friend and associate pick himself up like that and get a wider recognition.”

Sam Coomes