Miss Misery Introduction
By examining the late Elliott Smith's background, including the unlikely story of how "Miss Misery" came to be nominated for an Oscar, as well the artist's unique perspectives on songwriting, perhaps we can come to better understand why this song and its creator hold a significant place in the hearts of many listeners.
About the Song
|Artist||Elliott Smith||Musician(s)||Elliott Smith (vocals, guitars, bass, piano, organ, drums)|
|Album||Good Will Hunting Original Soundtrack|
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How do those authors relate to Smith's work? Well, Elliott Smith is often thought of as a tortured soul, and few define that role better than the narrator of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground. The Underground Man feels alienated from society and also has a love interest that's just as stormy and uncertain as the one described in Smith's song.
As for Beckett, well, Smith said of the inspiration for his album Figure 8 that, "I just like the idea of figure skaters trying to make this self contained perfect thing that involves a lot of effort but essentially goes nowhere." That reminds us a little bit of how in Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, the people waiting for Godot (spoiler!) never actually meet him.
On the ChartsThe Good Will Hunting Original Soundtrack featuring "Miss Misery" peaked at #91 on the Billboard charts.
A version of the song reached #43 on iTunes charts in France in 2011 and #33 on iTunes charts in the Netherlands in 2010.