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Elliott Smith

Biography

The celebrated folk-punk singer/songwriter Elliott Smith rose from indie obscurity to mainstream success in 1997 on the effectiveness of “Miss Misery,” his Academy Award-nominated song in the film Great Can Hunting. A indigenous of Portland, Oregon, Smith started writing and documenting his initial songs at age group 14, later learning to be a fixture from the city’s growing music picture. As an associate from the music group Heatmiser, he debuted in 1993 using the LP Deceased Surroundings, issuing his initial solo work, Roman Candle, over the small Cavity Search label a calendar year afterwards. For his 1995 self-titled record, Smith signed using the observed Kill Rock Superstars label. Either/Or implemented in 1997, around once that filmmaker and longtime enthusiast Gus Truck Sant requested authorization to utilize the singer’s music in his upcoming Great Will Hunting. Smith also constructed a small number of brand-new music for the soundtrack, included in this “Miss Misery,” so when the Academy of FILM Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations the next February, the monitor was a shock entry in the very best Original Melody category. Although he didn’t earn, Smith performed the melody live on the televised Oscar broadcast, showing up on-stage alongside superstars Trisha Yearwood and Celine Dion within a notably surreal musical minute. Smith’s DreamWorks label debut, XO, implemented afterwards in 1998. 2 yrs later he shipped Amount 8, which delved additional into lush agreements and orchestrations. For another 2 yrs, Smith labored over that which was to become his next record, From a Cellar on the Hill. He’d not really live to start to see the album’s conclusion, however. Towards the surprise of close friends and fans as well, Smith’s body was entirely on Oct 21, 2003, with two stab wounds in his upper body. Up to now, the coroner continues to be struggling to determine whether he dedicated suicide or was murdered, as well as the Los Angeles Law enforcement Department’s investigation continues to be open up. From a Cellar on the Hill premiered one year later on, just two times shy from the 1st wedding anniversary of his loss of life, and received warm essential nods. In 2007, the Get rid of Rock Celebrities label released a two-disc group of Smith’s unreleased function, which had been documented between 1994 and 1997. Entitled New Moon, the 24-monitor collection included three songs that were previously released on difficult to find compilations or soundtracks, including an early on edition of “Miss Misery” along with a cover of Big Star’s “Thirteen.” A profession compilation entitled An Intro to Elliott Smith arrived this year 2010, and in 2015, Smith was the main topic of a documentary known as Heaven Adores You; the soundtrack towards the film arrived in 2016.

Quick Facts


Full Name Elliott Smith
Date Of Birth August 6, 1969
Died October 21, 2003, Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Editor, Film Score Composer
Education Lincoln High School, Hampshire College
Nationality American
Parents Bunny Kay Berryman, Gary Smith
Music Groups Heatmiser
Music Songs Between the Bars, Needle in the Hay, Waltz #2, Miss Misery, Say Yes, King’s Crossing, A Fond Farewell, Pictures of Me, Pretty, Son of Sam, Ballad of Big Nothing, Baby Britain, The Biggest Lie, Pitseleh, Alphabet Town, Angel in the Snow, Speed Trials, Everything Means Nothing to Me, Bottle Up and Explode!, 2:45 AM, Condor Ave., Rose Parade, I Figured You Out, Sweet Adeline, Some Song, I Didn't Understand, St. Ides Heaven, Tomorrow Tomorrow, Pretty Mary K, Happiness / The Gondola Man, Waltz #1, I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out
Albums Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or, XO, Figure 8, From a Basement on the Hill, Elliott Smith: Live at Largo, New Moon, An Introduction to... Elliott Smith, Heaven Adores You Soundtrack
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song
Movies Heaven Adores You, Thumbsucker, Paperboys, Southlander, Strange Parallel, Good Will Hunting


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#Fact
1 Has a sister, who lives in Austin, Texas [2009].
2 Formed the band "Heatmiser" during his college years. They released four albums: "Cop and Speeder," "Yellow No. 5" EP, "Dead Air," and "Mic City Sons," which was released right after the band's break-up, due to Smith's two solo albums, which caused tension amongst the group.
3 Had a tattoo of the state of Texas on his shoulder, not to honor it, but due to the fact that it shaped him into the man that he was, and he respected it. He looked back on his childhood spent growing up in Texas with animosity, reflecting on the many fights he had being the skinny kid who learned the hard way how to deal with tough guys, and tattooed it onto his arm as a reminder.
4 While on tour of his "Either/Or" album, Smith attempted suicide once in North Carolina by jumping off a cliff while intoxicated, but a tree broke his fall on the way down.
5 The few years before his suicide, he was known for severe drug addiction. After going through rehabilitation, he started working on his last album "From a Basement on a Hill," some songs which reflect his drug habit like "True Love" and "Abused" were both unreleased due to his family's requests, along with other songs.
6 His death (on Oct. 21, 2003) still remains an open case. The defense wounds on his arms and the double penetrations of the knife into his torso indicate murder, along with the blade being removed from his heart, but his girlfriend's testimony and the authorities ruled it as a suicide. He died in the hospital. The only drugs found in his body were his prescribed medicine of anti-depressants and ADHD medication that were taken at the prescribed dosage.
7 'Gus van Sant' included Smith's songs in Good Will Hunting (1997) prior to consulting him. Smith was flattered, and agreed to allow use of his material. He liked the fact that his mother, Bunny, would be able to tell her friends that her son was working on Good Will Hunting (1997) rather than living in Portland and recording "lo-fi albums".
8 Left mother Bunny as a freshman in high school to live with father, Gary, in Portland, Oregon.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2016 performer: "Going Nowhere" / writer: "Going Nowhere"
Rick and Morty TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Love, Rosie 2014 performer: "Son of Sam" / writer: "Son of Sam"
Heaven Adores You 2014 Documentary performer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me Billy [Fear City]", "Hamburgers", "Untitled Soft Song in F", "No Name #3", "Unknown instrumental", "No Confidence Man", "Coming Up Roses", "Baby Britain instrumental" / writer: "Angeles", "Whatever Folk Song in C", "Untitled Guitar Finger Picking", "Untitled Melancholy Song", "Outward Bound", "I Love My Room", "Don't Call Me
Stuck in Love 2012 performer: "Between the Bars" / writer: "Between the Bars" - as Steven Paul Smith
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La piel que habito 2011 writer: "Between the Bars"
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball 2010 Video writer: "Between The Bars" - as Steven Smith
Une Vignette de Mélancolie 2009 Short writer: "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free"
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love 2009 Video performer: "Say Yes" / writer: "Say Yes"
Io sono l'amore 2009 performer: "Pretty Ugly Before" / writer: "Pretty Ugly Before"
Up in the Air 2009/I performer: "Angel in the Snow" 1995 / writer: "Angel in the Snow" 1995
Guitar Hero 5 2009 Video Game "L.A."
Private Practice TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Last Flowers 2009 Short performer: "Happiness" / writer: "Happiness"
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Gossip Girl 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Paranoid Park 2007 performer: "Angeles", "The White Lady Loves You More" / writer: "Angeles", "The White Lady Loves You More"
Georgia Rule 2007 performer: "I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out" / writer: "I Don't Think I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out"
The Go-Getter 2007 performer: "Coast To Coast" / writer: "Coast To Coast"
Die Österreichische Methode 2006 performer: "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" / writer: "Tomorrow, Tomorrow"
Criminal Minds 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold Case 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The O.C. 2005 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Thumbsucker 2005 performer: "Trouble", "Let's Get Lost", "Thirteen" 1972 / writer: "Let's Get Lost"
The Girl Next Door 2004 performer: "ANGELES" / writer: "ANGELES"
One Tree Hill 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ora o mai più 2003 performer: "Say Yes"
Judging Amy TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Paperboys 2001 Documentary short "Happiness" / producer: "Happiness" / writer: "Happiness"
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 performer: "Needle In The Hay" / writer: "Needle In The Hay"
The Martins 2001 writer: "Home on the Range"
Antitrust 2001 performer: "Son Of Sam" / writer: "Son Of Sam"
Opposite Sex TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Keeping the Faith 2000 performer: "Pitseleh" / writer: "Pitseleh"
American Beauty 1999 performer: "Because"
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special performer: "Miss Misery" / writer: "Miss Misery"
Zero Effect 1998 writer: "Rest My Head Against the Wall"
Good Will Hunting 1997 performer: "No Name #3", "Say Yes", "Between the Bars", "Angeles", "Miss Misery" / writer: "No Name #3", "Say Yes", "Between the Bars", "Angeles", "Miss Misery"
The Maker 1997 performer: "BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING", "CUPID'S TRICK" / writer: "BALLAD OF BIG NOTHING", "CUPID'S TRICK"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician 2001 Bus Driver
Saturday Night Live 1998 TV Series Musical Guest
To Catch a Killer 1992 TV Movie Gas Station Attendant
Friday the 13th: The Series 1989-1990 TV Series Bruce / Dead Boy
My Secret Identity 1989 TV Series
Termini Station 1989 Delaney

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heaven Adores You 2014 Documentary music by: original music / songs by
Thumbsucker 2005 additional songs

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paperboys 2001 Documentary short
Strange Parallel 1998 Documentary short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait 1997 Short documentary as Elliott

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait 1997 Short documentary live sound recordist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Thumbsucker 2005 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998-2000 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1998 TV Series Himself
Strange Parallel 1998 Documentary short Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Performer
Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait 1997 Short documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heaven Adores You 2014 Documentary Himself
Searching for Elliott Smith 2009 Documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Good Will Hunting (1997)


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#Trademark
1 Distinctive vocal style
2 Multitracking to create vocal layers, textures and harmonies


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