Steven Drodz pays a warm tribute to his old friend...



NME.COM of his sadness on hearing of ELLIOTT

SMITH’s death.

Speaking to NME.COM last

week, Drodz, drummer with the Flaming

Lips, spoke of his regret that the singer could

not have been helped more. He had been in the studio with Smith in recent months.

“When I first heard, I was devastated and

crying. It was just that initial reaction; you’re never prepared for that,”

explained Drodz. “I just really feel like if he could have

got it together and been happy on some level, the potential for really great

music was there.”

As previously reported on NME.COM

Elliott Smith died on Tuesday last week (21). He was found in

his apartment in Los Angeles with a single knife wound to the chest. Most

famous for the Academy Award nominated ‘Miss

Misery’, from the ‘Good Will Hunting’ soundtrack,

Smith released five albums during his career, most notably ‘XO’ in 1998.

“The first

time I met him was in 1996,” explained Drodz “I was touring

with Those Bastard Souls. We were opening up for

Sebadoh and Elliott was on first. It was

before he had any real notoriety or fame, we hit it off, but he was always

in his own world.”

“When we toured in 2000, I got to know him really

well, I knew he was always struggling just to get through the day,” he

recalled. “For me, my fondest and most disturbing memory of him was when we did ecstasy together one night and we were listening to Elton John’s greatest

hits. That song ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ came on and he

started bawling his eyes out.”

“We did some recording together and we

hung out a lot. I think Elliott had a thing about him,” added

Drodz. “That obvious sadness and depression, it wasn’t fake

at all, and people will miss that a lot.”