"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
The New York Post’s Page Six informs us that the latest issue of GQ features what is no doubt a well-researched article about male tennis stars losing their game shortly after saying their wedding vows. Andrew Corsello, writing for the magazine, calls this decline “the curse of the succubus,” and as an example cites Pete Sampras’ fall from the top after his marriage to actress Bridgette Wilson. (That bitch!) According to Page Six, Corsello also notes that Jimmy Connors, Björn Borg and John McEnroe saw their careers slump as a result of she-devil wives. What seems to be taking place is not merely a loss of game but a frightening overall emasculation. In fact, it may be worth putting a moratorium on marriage for all athletes until we get more solid results.
But unfortunately, Corsello doesn’t probe this dilemma any further, leaving us to guess whether female players too lose their stuff after matrimony. Or if gay players experience a fallout once committed. Who knows what kind of disastrous results he might have discovered.
Sarah Goldstein is an editorial fellow at Salon.More Sarah Goldstein.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)