Elliott Smith OPO

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im going to go with "Bottle Up And Explode!"

gman, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 06:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

baby britain

one time, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 06:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"I Can't Answer You Anymore" is kind of a sneaker.

bear, bear, bear, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 07:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well, it'd have to be something from either/or or s/t

so, make that 'ballad of big nothing' or 'southern belle'

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 10:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"needle in the hay", especially in that royal tenenbaums scene.

max r, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 10:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink


kijiji, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 10:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've always had a tremendous soft spot for "Condor Ave." "Needle in the Hay" runs a close second.

Misery, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 12:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Between the Bars"

Turangalila, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 12:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hmm, Angeles or Condor Ave.

wanko ergo sum, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 12:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

for the last couple of years i've kind of been obsessed with "last call".

and "twilight" has been a late bloomer for me.

charlie h, Saturday, 18 June 2011 22:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol ILX won't go near this guy

I recently discovered "Stained Glass Eyes" which is nice

vmic damone (rip van wanko), Saturday, 18 June 2011 22:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Baby Britain

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 18 June 2011 22:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

'High Times' today, 'I Didn't Understand' tomorrow...

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 18 June 2011 23:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

twilight's a good pick, charlie h.

markers, Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

everything means nothing to me

some dude, Sunday, 19 June 2011 01:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah I love that song. Figure 8 has its moments.

vmic damone (rip van wanko), Sunday, 19 June 2011 01:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

thanks markers. for me twilight has a really engaging sense of balance about it -- nicely poised between despairing and optimistic, yearning and fulfilled

always found everything means nothing to me to be one of the more affecting songs on F8. he really nails songcraft on that album, but the exacting approach leaves less room for rawer and more grounded observations that really penetrate and get under your skin. that song is an exception to this.

charlie h, Sunday, 19 June 2011 01:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

the one that still comes into my brain constantly is "Rose Parade." i still know all of his songs though.

being a teenager sure did suck.

bitch u ain't british (the table is the table), Sunday, 19 June 2011 02:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

"when they clean the street i'll be the only shit that's left behind"

so self-deprecating it's almost funny.

charlie h, Sunday, 19 June 2011 03:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


Not sure if this is the place for this, but whatever.
Second track, Independence Day is sublime.
He also covers John Lennon, the Kinks and Big Star.

scubasteve, Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:52 (six years ago) Permalink

really great stuff that makes me sad to see

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 18 January 2013 00:48 (six years ago) Permalink

what aero says...

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 January 2013 01:04 (six years ago) Permalink

I feel fortunate that I got to see him so many times, including many before the throngs caught on, which coincided with his physical decline, too. I miss having him around, but unlike a lot of acts who died too early, I feel like he gave us enough to live on in his absence.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 January 2013 01:32 (six years ago) Permalink

The latter is definitely true. Unfortunately, I never got to see him live. Yet I am so entwined with his music, his thoughts, his very being.

I never knew ya, dear Elliott. But I miss you every day.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 18 January 2013 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

going with "between the bars"
i dunno, though, i still find it kind of hard to listen to the dude, ten years later. feel like there's no way out of his songs.

tylerw, Friday, 18 January 2013 03:24 (six years ago) Permalink

This is my OPO, tho it's been hard to listen to since his death because it feels so predictive.


something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:25 (six years ago) Permalink

st ides heaven

dutch tl;drs (electricsound), Friday, 18 January 2013 03:34 (six years ago) Permalink

good choice

brimstead, Friday, 18 January 2013 03:37 (six years ago) Permalink

that or Angeles or Alameda for me

brimstead, Friday, 18 January 2013 03:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Pictures of Me

Darin, Friday, 18 January 2013 03:55 (six years ago) Permalink

big decision or say yes

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 18 January 2013 04:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Waltz #2

besides Sunny Real Estate (dog latin), Friday, 18 January 2013 14:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Man, I'm trying to remember which movie trailer - credits? - used "Waltz #2" to really good effect. Maybe an alternate "Good Will Hunting" spot?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 January 2013 15:03 (six years ago) Permalink


een, Friday, 18 January 2013 17:38 (six years ago) Permalink

"bottle up and explode!" is my OPO - just a tremendous song, though both "Son of Sam" and "Needle in the Hay" are in the same class

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 18 January 2013 17:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Love "Needle in the Hay," and it may be the first ES song that really caught my ear way back when, but I always think of the song as an unrepresentative outlier in his catalog for some reason.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 January 2013 20:12 (six years ago) Permalink


mookieproof, Friday, 18 January 2013 21:21 (six years ago) Permalink

I refuse to be moved by this guy but can say that "Happiness" is both well-constructed and well-performed

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 18 January 2013 21:26 (six years ago) Permalink

obviously listening to this guy is very tangled up in the context of his life, &c, but it's so moving to hear him, imo - like i don't think it is projecting too hard to say that his voice sounds, just based on the reading of what the tones & volumes of a regular-human-speaking-voice carry, like something that is coming pretty hard, is pretty hard-won. i like that thing somebody said about alex chilton, about how he wasn't someone who could competently use his talent, that his voice cracked in all the wrong places; there are a bunch of elliott recordings which are def shooting for an emotional affect in their phrasing & close & whispery singing, &c, but for the most part i feel like a lot of them are moving just as an extension of hearing him, like him, talk or sing (like: in addition to being just tremendously moving as songs, not solely cause of what he betrays tonally). there is that really beautiful coda in happiness that gets to such a pure hope that it would sound trite, but yeah i mean it sounds hard won cause he's all wavering. i am talking about live recordings here mainly, probably. opo: st ides heaven, rogue polemical pick would be a basement jam from the henry fonda shows or something like it, or else him playing wouldn't mama be proud acoustic, cause it's a really good song & i don't really like him in electro-beatlesy mode.

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Friday, 18 January 2013 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks for that excellent link to the Jon Brion, PTA thing, scubasteve, There used to be all these great cover versions by him over here http://www.sweetadeline.net/multimedia.htm, but now the links lead to one of those generic they-forgot-to-pay-for-their-domain-name-so-now-please-forward-to-us sites. Would love to hear his version of "Chelsea Girls," "These Days" or especially "Walk Away Renee" again.

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:15 (six years ago) Permalink

(Get out your handkerchiefs)

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:16 (six years ago) Permalink

More Big Star, Kinks and John Lennon with his old band

The Teardrop ILXplodes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 January 2013 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow! Thanks for that link. I thought I'd heard most of his covers, but nope, not even close.

I really like this one:


Darin, Saturday, 19 January 2013 16:15 (six years ago) Permalink

the song "either/or" is pretty great. i dunno if that would be my OPO... prolly have to go with "Christian brothers."

billstevejim, Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:47 (six years ago) Permalink

oh damn i forgot christian brothers

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Christian Brothers really creeps under your skin and is pretty fascinating lyrically.

charlie h, Sunday, 20 January 2013 05:15 (six years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Pitseleh. i can't believe i'm the first person to say it

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Friday, 3 January 2014 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...


flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 06:08 (two years ago) Permalink


in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:19 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

at the moment it's this


flappy bird, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:49 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Dad's little hands sat in his lap
Like a couple of crabs who got caught in a trap
And he shook my hand from so far away that
He looked like a spot on the sun
And I guess that's where I get it from

rip van wanko, Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:29 (five months ago) Permalink

"You're no good, you're no good, you're no gooooood"

brimstead, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:44 (five months ago) Permalink

You're everybody's second home

flappy bird, Friday, 7 December 2018 04:48 (five months ago) Permalink

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