Elliot Smith’s “Pretty (Ugly Before)” Gets A 20th Anniversary Vinyl Edition

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Elliot Smith’s “Pretty (Ugly Before)” and Suicide Squeeze is commemorating the occasion by issuing a special 7 inch double single limited to 500 copies in half doublemint and half royal blue vinyl.

“Pretty (Ugly Before)” b/w “A Distorted Reality Is Now A Necessity To Be Free” holds the distinction of being the last recording by Elliott Smith to be released while he was still alive. Originally released as a single in August 2003, the songs were a part of the recording sessions that would ultimately yield the acclaimed posthumous album From A Basement On The Hill.

The two songs serve as a powerful reminder of why Smith became the voice for a “dejected generation”.