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Elliott Smith

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Steven Paul Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003), known professionally as Elliott Smith, was an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and lived much of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he also played piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", and often used multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies.

After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars (KRS). In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting (1997)—was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998.Smith was a heavy drinker and drug user at times throughout his life, and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. His struggles with drugs and mental illness affected his life and work, and often appeared in his lyrics. In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, California, from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, which was posthumously produced and released in 2004.

Articles

March 22, 2022

Bright Eyes Tap Phoebe Bridgers for an Elliott Smith Cover That Goes to 11

Band cranks up the distortion on their rendition of "St. Ides Heaven," from their upcoming EP Letting Off the Happiness: A Companion

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March 22, 2022

Listen to Bright Eyes cover Elliott Smith’s ‘St. Ides Heaven’ for reissue series

Taken from 'Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion', which is released in May The post Listen to Bright Eyes cover Elliott Smith’s ‘St. Ides Heaven’ for reissue series appeared first on NME.

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March 22, 2022

Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers Cover Elliott Smith’s “St. Ides Heaven”: Listen

From the band’s forthcoming Letting Off the Happiness: A Companion EP

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February 17, 2022

Yusuf / Cat Stevens: <em>Harold and Maude (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)</em>

To celebrate the cult classic’s 50th anniversary, a new collection of Cat Stevens’ music for the film—including songs later covered by Elliott Smith and others—finally becomes widely available.

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February 17, 2022

Harold and Maude (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

To celebrate the cult classic’s 50th anniversary, a new collection of Cat Stevens’ music for the film—including songs later covered by Elliott Smith and others—finally becomes widely available.

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December 14, 2021

Chromatics’ Ruth Radelet Covers Elliott Smith’s “Twilight”: Listen

The musician’s debut solo single is released via Kill Rock Stars

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Discs

Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

August 28, 2020

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Some Song (Live at Umbra Penumbra - September 17th, 1994)

June 30, 2020

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Big Decision (Live at Umbra Penumbra - September 17th, 1994)

May 21, 2020

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Pictures of Me (Live)

February 16, 2017

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Angeles (Live)

January 24, 2017

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I Figured You Out

January 17, 2017

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Alternate Versions from Either/Or

September 18, 2012

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From A Basement On The Hill

October 18, 2004

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Division Day

November 22, 2000

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Figure 8 (Deluxe Edition)

April 18, 2000

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Figure 8

January 1, 2000

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XO (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1998

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XO

January 1, 1998

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Either/Or: Expanded Edition

February 25, 1997

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Either/Or

February 25, 1997

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Speed Trials

October 1, 1996

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Elliott Smith

July 1, 1995

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Needle In The Hay

January 1, 1995

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Roman Candle

July 14, 1994

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