"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)
I’ve just made a horrible discovery, one I want to share with you all: Turns out I’ve been living a lie. I wasn’t born in the U.S., as my parents had always sworn I was, but in Kenya. In fact, my parents aren’t even my parents. (Also, I’m 63 years old. That one definitely came as a surprise.)
OK, obviously none of this is true — though I do now have some suspicions. But I was able to make it look that way just now, with a new Web site, the Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator. You just spend a minute filling out a few details, and for your effort you’ll be rewarded with a fake certified copy of a Kenyan birth certificate — just like President Obama’s, which was apparently based on an Australian document.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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)