A Shot of White Noise
I recently re-curated my Elliott Smith rarities into two collections. The idea behind these two compilations was to try to create two albums that could feasibly be like actual Elliott Smith releases. The first record, A Shot of White Noise, is more acoustic and the second, Violent Girl, features compositions with more instruments and usually electric guitar.
"A shot of white noise" is a lyric from "Crazy Fucker" (also called "Another Standard Folk Song"). Listen and download the mix below the jump. "Crazy Fucker" starts off in the middle of a recording session where a disappointed Smith has already finished a song and says, "That wasn't such a good version of that..." The lyrics that follow capture an unique autobiographical portrait of the Elliott Smith in accounts from people that were close to him like photographer Autumn De Wilde (check out her excellent Elliott Smith photo and interview book here). It's a perspective of his music, flirtations with drugs, his juxtaposing character that sings sensitive songs and also gets into bar fights, as well as subtle hints of his past. Arrow also happens to be the name of Autumn De Wilde's daughter that had him singing "Arrow, come pick me out."
"Violent girl" captures the more aggressive nature of the mix and comes from "Some (Rock) Song." The lyric is "I want a violent girl who's not afraid of anything." It's an interesting song, because there's another version of it present on A Shot of White Noise. One of the most striking differences is that the lyrics are changed from "Charlie beat you up week after week" in "Some (Rock) Song." Charlie was Elliott's step-father and, as one could gather from the lyric, he may have been quite abusive. The name comes up in a couple other of Elliott's songs, particularly "Flowers for Charlie."