Feb 23 2009

Remembering Elliott Smith at the Academy Awards (1998)

Published by at 2:40 pm under Alternative,MP3's,Video


As a dedication to yesterday’s Oscars, I thought I’d help spread this video of Elliott Smith performing “Miss Misery” at the 1997 Academy Awards.  As many would agree, it’s one of the most beautifully written songs ever created, and it lost “Original Song” to James Horner’s “My Heart Will Go On” (Will Jennings provided the lyrics famously sung by Celine Dion).

You can listen to the two songs, and decide for yourself, but as far as I’m concerned this award was stolen from Smith. I was going to make a lame, tasteless joke about how “My Heart Will Go On” should have gone down like the Titanic, but it’s probably too soon. Besides, I like to keep it on the safe side and follow the century rule (slavery, ha!), so be expecting many Titanic jokes on Indie Muse in 2012.

But in all seriousness, RIP Elliott. You’ve changed a lot of lives for the better.

Song Version:

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Full “Academy Award” Version:

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New Moon (2007):

(mp3) Elliott Smith – Miss Misery (Early Version)

Titanic (1997):

(mp3) James Horner – My Heart Will Go On (instrumental)

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3 Responses to “Remembering Elliott Smith at the Academy Awards (1998)”

  1. NRK Lydverket » En uke med Elliott Smithon 16 Mar 2009 at 11:55 am

    […] (1998) er regissert av Steve Hanft og portretter Smith i perioden rundt XO, med andre ord idet mainstreaminteressen begynte Ã¥ puste artisten i nakken, og en god stund før en eskalerende heroinmisbruk satte et […]

  2. matt sproulon 13 Feb 2010 at 2:03 pm

    this e-mail is no longer available due to a copyright claim by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. cheers, mate.

  3. sockieon 19 May 2010 at 2:13 pm

    it wasn’t the academy awards, but the oscars.

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