From the archives: A classic Elliott Smith interview

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


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