Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He rose to mainstream prominence when his song "[[BlackSheepHit Miss Misery]]" — included in the soundtrack for the film ''GoodWillHunting'' — was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los Angeles, California from two stab wounds to the chest.
* ''Roman Candle'' (1994)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elliott Smith]]'' (1995)
* ''Either/Or'' (1997)
* ''XO'' (1998)
* ''Figure 8'' (2000)
* ''[[AuthorExistenceFailure From a Basement on the Hill]]'' (2004)
* ''[[AuthorExistenceFailure New Moon]]'' (2007)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum An Introduction to... Elliott Smith]]'' (2010)
!! Tropes associated with Elliott Smith include:
* AdamWesting: The short film ''Southlander'' features Smith obsessing over an infomercial for a robotic hand that will allegedly make him the world's greatest guitarist.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Smith committed suicide before the release of "From A Basement On The Hill", which was initially planned as a double album.
* BalladOfX: "Ballad of Big Nothing".
* BreakupBreakout: He was originally in an indie rock band called Heatmiser, who broke up just after he became recognized as a solo artist. Elliott Smith eventually became a household name in the world of independent music. Heatmiser? Not so much.
* BrokenRecord: In the song "Last Call" he repeats "ask for more" twice in rapid succession and then "I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me" seven times.
* CoolShades: The videos for "Coming Up Roses" and "Miss Misery."
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheBeatles Because]]" and ''[[Music/BigStar Thirteen]]"
* DownerEnding: "Bye", an ominous, somber instrumental piano piece. It is the outro to ''Figure 8'', his last album before his death.
* FreudianExcuse: He was sexually abused by his step father when he was young.
* GarageBand: Many of his early songs were recorded in his basement on a FourTrack.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Either/Or.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Amity", "I Can't Answer You Anymore", "I Didn't Understand" and probably others.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands" is about an intervention staged by Smith's friends which set off a chain of events that lead to him being committed to a mental institution in Arizona.
* NeverSuicide, AlwaysMurder: Due to some irregularities in his autopsy some believe that his girlfriend at that time, Jennifer Chiba, murdered him.
* NoTitle: "No Name #1-6," of which four are on the same album. Other song titles are equally indescriptive, like the B-side "Some Song."
* OneWomanSong: Subverted with the Two Woman Song "Cecilia/Amanda."
* PrecisionFStrike: "A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free"
* SelfBackingVocalist: Smith was a far better harmonist than a lead singer. See the acapella "I Didn't Understand" and his cover of The Beatles' "Because".
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The intro to "King's Crossing"
* UncommonTime: "Rose Parade" is in 14/4.