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Neil wanted to start a band and I did too, but I’d talked myself out of it at that point, I wanted to be a fireman. I came around to fireman by a process of elimination, looking for something that was actually, definitely, worthwhile to do. I wanted to be free to do what I wanted to do. Which meant if it had to be a straight job, it had to be one with a lot of free time, because I was going to play music regardless. It didn’t occur to me to try to get ahead.
—  Elliott Smith
For a long time, I played to five people and a guy in the back playing darts. So I got used to a kind of confrontational thing, not so much in a negative way, but sort of like, ‘I’m really gonna play my songs no matter what happens here in this bar and make sure to do them in a way so that there’s something that must be good about them.’ Now it’s sort of more like, 'play this song, play that song.’
—  Elliott Smith