I am a huge Elliott Smith fan. I can’t say when I started getting into him, because I used to dislike his music when my friend would play it in the car for me. I guess it wasn’t until I started recording my own music that I realized his had a real influence on me. What’s more interesting is the profound influence of the Beatles in Elliott’s music. As I continue to listen to both his songs and the songs of Lennon/McCartney and Harrison, do I begin to really take notes of how individual Beatles’ songs shape Elliott’s own songwriting.
Here are a few examples of obvious influences. Listen to either the Beatles or Elliott first and see if you can spot how the two songs are similar:
First let’s check out a White Album influence.
Here is Sexy Sadie by the Beatles and Alameda by Elliott Smith:
Did you catch the influence? Okay, let’s do another one:
Now for one early Beatles influence, listen to the guitar solo similarities:
It’s fun for me to try to track these types of things. Please let me know if you can pair up any two songs I have missed. Comments?