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The celebrated folk-punk singer/songwriter Elliott Smith rose from indie obscurity to mainstream success in 1997 on the strength of "Miss Misery," his Academy Award-nominated song from the film Good Will Hunting. A native of Portland, Oregon, Smith began writing and recording his first songs at age 14, later becoming a fixture of the city's thriving music scene. As a member of the band Heatmiser, he debuted in 1993 with the LP Dead Air, issuing his first solo effort, Roman Candle, on the tiny Cavity Search label a year later. For his 1995 self-titled album, Smith signed with the noted Kill Rock Stars label. Either/Or followed in 1997, around the same time that filmmaker and longtime fan Gus Van Sant requested permission to use the singer's music in his upcoming Good Will Hunting. Smith also composed a handful of new songs for the soundtrack, among them "Miss Misery," and when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations the following February, the track was a surprise entry in the Best Original Song category. Although he did not win, Smith performed the song live at the televised Oscar broadcast, appearing on-stage alongside superstars Trisha Yearwood and Celine Dion in a notably surreal musical moment. Smith's DreamWorks label debut, XO, followed later in 1998. Two years later he delivered Figure 8, which delved further into lush arrangements and orchestrations. For the next two years, Smith labored over what was to be his next album, From a Basement on a Hill. He would not live to see the album's completion, however. To the shock of friends and fans alike, Smith's body was found on October 21, 2003, with two stab wounds in his chest. To date, the coroner has been unable to determine whether he committed suicide or was murdered, and the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation remains open. From a Basement on a Hill was released one year later, just two days shy of the first anniversary of his death, and received warm critical nods. In 2007, the Kill Rock Stars label issued a two-disc set of Smith's unreleased work, all of which had been recorded between 1994 and 1997. Entitled New Moon, the 24-track collection contained three songs that had been previously released on hard to find compilations or soundtracks, including an early version of "Miss Misery" and a cover of Big Star's "Thirteen." A career compilation titled An Introduction to Elliott Smith showed up in 2010, and in 2015, Smith was the subject of a documentary called Heaven Adores You; the soundtrack to the film showed up in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Elliott Smith

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    15 songs

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    From a Basement on the Hill

    12 songs

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    Either/Or

    12 songs

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    Elliott Smith

    16 songs

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    Figure 8

    14 songs

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    XO

    9 songs

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    Roman Candle

    3 songs

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    Speed Trials

    3 songs

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    Needle in the Hay

    2 songs

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    Division Day/No Name #6

    20 songs

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    Heaven Adores You [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

    14 songs

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    An Introduction to Elliott Smith

    24 songs

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    New Moon

    15 songs

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    From a Basement on the Hill

    15 songs

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    Xo


Top Songs by
Elliott Smith

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  2.   Waltz #2
  3.   Son of Sam
  4.   Miss Misery
  5.   Angeles
  6.   Somebody That I Used to Know
  7.   Everything Reminds Me of Her
  8.   Independence Day
  9.   Between the Bars
  10.   Baby Britain
  11.   Needle in the Hay
  12.   Rose Parade
  13.   Say Yes
  14.   Ballad of Big Nothing
  15.   Everything Means Nothing to Me
  16.   Pretty (Ugly Before)
  17.   Bottle up and Explode!
  18.   Coming Up Roses
  19.   Angel In The Snow
  20.   Sweet Adeline
  21.   Clementine
  22.   L.A.
  23.   Pictures of Me
  24.   Wouldn't Mama Be Proud?
  25.   St. Ides Heaven
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    Indie Chill

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    Alternative Chill

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    Indie Sleepover

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    Alt. Country

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    Post-Holiday Chill

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    Indie Coffee House

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    Indie

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    Dive Bar Jukebox

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    Metropolitan Mood

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    Indie Hits

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    Folk

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    Coffee House

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    Adult Chill

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    Adult Alternative

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    Eclectic Rock

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    The Current

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    Indie 500

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    Beatles: DNA

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    Paul McCartney: DNA


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