Needle in the Hay

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"Needle in the Hay"
Single by Elliott Smith
from the album Elliott Smith
Released January 1, 1995
Recorded September 1994
Genre Lo-fi
Length 4:16
Label Kill Rock Stars
Writer(s) Elliott Smith
Producer(s) Elliott Smith

"Needle in the Hay" is a single by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, released on January 1, 1995 by record label Kill Rock Stars as the sole single from his second studio album, Elliott Smith.

Background[edit]

Trumpet and harmonica were recorded for the song but were omitted from the final mix. A mix featuring the extra instrumentation was released in March 2012.[1]

Release[edit]

"Needle in the Hay" was released as a 7" vinyl single on January 1, 1995 by record label Kill Rock Stars.[2] It is the lead track on the album Elliott Smith, released in May that year.

Live performances[edit]

During later shows with a full band, the song was given more of a "rock" arrangement and would feature drums and bass,[3] with Smith also singing the vocals an octave higher.

Legacy[edit]

Pitchfork Media placed the song at number 27 in their list of the two-hundred best songs of the 1990s.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

"Needle in the Hay" appeared in Wes Anderson's 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, in a scene featuring a suicide attempt. It was also featured on the film's soundtrack.[5]

The song was covered by punk band Bad Astronaut for their 2001 album Acrophobe, Nadja in their covers album When I See the Sun Always Shines on T.V. and by Muppet parody Sad Kermit. This song was also covered by Mélissa Laveaux, and most recently Juliana Hatfield in 2014's I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Needle in the Hay" – 4:17
  2. "Alphabet Town" – 4:12
  3. "Some Song (Extended Intro)" – 2:21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelly, Jenn (March 1, 2012). "Unreleased Elliott Smith, Deerhunter on Kickstarter Comp for Open Source Project CASH Music | News | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Needle in the Hay 7" | Kill Rock Stars". Bandcamp. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Elliott Smith "Needle in the Hay" Electric 9-2-00 – YouTube". YouTube. February 11, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Petruisch, Amanda (September 2, 2010). "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50–21 | Features | Pitchfork". Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ Browning, Mark. (2011). Wes Anderson: Why His Movies Matter. Praeger. p. 152. ISBN 1598843524. 

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