Watch Elliott Smith Perform in a Devo Tribute Band in 1994

Back in 1994, Portland, OR venue the X-Ray Cafe put on a talent show for the city’s independent music scene. One member of that scene was Elliott Smith, then still a Heatmiser member, having just released his debut solo LP, Roman Candle. Never one to miss a chance to goof around, Smith joined a makeshift group—including Sam Coomes of Quasi, Sprinkler’s Nate Slusarenko, Sean Croghan of Crackerbash, and future Guided by Voices member Chris Slusarenko—to enter the competition as a Devo tribute act. Pitchfork