We were on tour, I forget – it has been a few years now

by chapman baehler
©Chapman Baehler

“We were on tour, I forget it has been a few years now, we were on tour when we heard the news that our friend Elliott Smith had died.
And I don’t think we will ever really know if he took his own life or whatever the actual circumstances were. But there were plenty of time when we were around him when we felt as though he was waiting for an answer, and he was waiting for something that was gonna come along and may be make everything bearable for him. And we can’t wait, we have to try to make right now, bearable enough, that’s all we can do, we don’t know what the fuck we’re gonna do so this song is about everybody who has ever felt like this moment is too much and hope that you can get to the next one.


Wayne Coyne (2011)

I am writing to let Wayne Coyne and everyone else know

“I am writing to let Wayne Coyne and everyone else know a very important detail he didn’t know when he talked about Elliott’s scuffle with the police in the article. Elliott and his girlfriend Jennifer were standing there when the cops started to beat up some teenagers. When the fight got too close to Elliott and Jennifer they were ordered to move or suffer the consequences, they didn’t. Elliott chose to suffer the consequences.  Continue reading

It really was nothing but sad

©David Black

“It really was nothing but sad. You just sort of saw a guy who had lost control of himself. He was needy, he was grumpy, he was everything you wouldn’t want in a person. It’s not like when you think of Keith Richards being pleasantly blissed out in the corner. I think it points out how unglamorous the whole drug thing really is. For the people who knew him, the people who were around him, it was horrible. It’s not this glamorous, jetsetting, beautiful lifestyle that everybody dreams of rock’n’roll heaven being. It wasn’t like that at all. It was ugly. It was sad.”

Wayne Coyne (about the police incident involving Elliott in 2001)