Thursday, September 18, 2008


Listen to FIGURE 8 by Elliott Smith.

The down-to-earth, anything but corporate Smith seems out of place on a label like Dreamworks. His musical talents dictate otherwise though. Recording a portion of Figure 8 at the famed Abbey Road Studios (where the Beatles recorded), Smith tries to act the part of a critically acclaimed musician who believes his own hype. But, he quickly admits that he's just a guy who has seen his wildest dreams come true.

"I didn't really care that I was recording at Abbey Road Studios," Smith says with ease. "No... It was kind of a kick recording there. Just walking in the place was amazing. But when I was recording I was thinking of the songs and not that the Beatles were there. I never really thought about it all that much. There really wasn't any evidence that they were ever there."

He thinks about it for a few seconds and then casually offers, "I made up a song on the same piano [The Beatles] used on "Penny Lane". It was fun. It was a big deal to me, but I like to play it down."

Photo: All is forgiven (8).



Corbett said...

I was wondering the name of that studio where The Beatles recorded...

Does anyone believe what Smith is saying in these interviews, especially this one?!

bill said...

i think that was kind of my point with especially this one. not that smith was some incredibly lofty figure, but the lack of sophistication, the hopelessness, superficiality of some of these interviewers he had to deal with must have been such a bum out. what are you supposed to do with such questions as these

Corbett said...

I guess one approach is not to respond in kind!