This week, the late, great Elliott Smith would have turned 43. We remember his Hot Press encounter...
The year was 2000 and Elliott's emotive, entrancing performance of his Academy Award-nominated song 'Miss Misery' (from Good Will Hunting) at the 1997 Oscars was still on everybody's mind as he arrived in Ireland with new album Figure 8.
On the agenda during an intimate chat with HP's Kim Porcelli?
The songwriter's deep love for The Beatles, disorganised writing process, recording at Abbey Road and how he got "scared" into performing at the Oscars – where he had a trailer across from Michael Bolton and ended up holding hands with Celine Dion.
Read Tracing Elliott here
Like most of Smith’s music, the album sounds on occasion like the work of a man carrying out a war in his own mind, yet is also tinged with calm and life-affirming joy. Many songs reflect his usual mix of hope, frustration and weary resignation to life’s injustices.Read More
Coinciding with the release of his final album, Cork musicians will play a charity fundraiser in honour of the late Elliott SmithRead More
Jeff Martin, Bray Vista, Iain Archer, Red Twelve, Katell Keineg, La Rocca, Bell X1, The Walls, Turn and friends…Read More
Following Smith's death, memorial gigs were held all over the US and The Village will be host to Dublin's Smith memorial.Read More
Ollie Cole of Turn pays a fan’s heartfelt tribute to the “genius lyricist and stupidly brilliant guitar player” who tragically took his own life two weeks ago.Read More
Halite's Graham Hopkins has expressed condolences for Elliott SmithRead More
Smith, who battled drug and alcohol addiction during his 34 year life, appears to have taken his own lifeRead More
Elliott Smith 1969 - 2003Read More
Taciturn word lover, Beatle maniac, and Celine Dion apologist: meet ELLIOTT SMITH.Read More
When Mr Smith went to Washington - or, actually, Hollywood - to perform his Oscar-nominated 'Miss Misery' from Good Will Hunting at the Academy Awards a few years ago, a worldwide audience of sensitive indie mopers cheered at the vindicating incongruity of it all.Read More