Monday, February 12, 2007

Elliott Smith's Life Story (aka: 20 Different Kinds Of Fucked Up)

Elliott Smith - Wikipedia Entry

It's even weirder than I thought it would be.


yoggoth said...

Hmm, his background was actually more mudane than I thought it would be. I was surprised to find out he graduated from college. I was also surprised that he only became a serious addict towards the end of his life.

Little Earl said...

My personal favorites:

"Smith felt that going to church did little for him, except make him 'really scared of hell.'"

"While in North Carolina, he became severely intoxicated and jumped off a cliff. Miraculously, he landed on a tree, which despite stabbing him badly, broke his fall."

"Smith's performance was described as "undoubtedly one of the worst performances ever by a musician"[24] and an "excruciating...nightmare".[25] A reporter for the online magazine Glorious Noise made the statement "I seriously hope he's okay and that he gets his shit together. But it would not surprise me at all if Elliott Smith ends up dead within a year."

"McConnell told SPIN that, during this time, Smith would smoke over $1500 worth of heroin and crack per day."

"Smith jokingly labeled his new experimental way of recording "The California Frown" (a play on the Beach Boys' "California Sound")."

"He would have friends drop him off for recording sessions almost a mile away from the studio, and to reach the location he would trudge through hundreds of yards of brush and cliffs. He started telling people that DreamWorks was out to get him."

"During this period, Smith hardly ate, subsisting primarily on ice cream. He would go for several days without sleeping, and then sleep for an entire day."

"'I was coming off of a lot of psych meds and other things. I was even on an antipsychotic, although I'm not psychotic.'"

"Fritz Michaud, a sound engineer during the Basement sessions, claimed to Nugent that "Elliott literally wouldn't have been caught dead without his shirt on," possibly explaining why the stab wounds penetrated his clothing (something rarely seen in stabbing suicides)."