"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)
There’s a new star in the conservative movement. His name is Doug Hoffman, and he’s an unlikely figure to have risen to such prominence so quickly, seeing as how he’s running as a third-party candidate in a special election to fill a congressional seat traditionally held by a Republican.
But conservatives are unhappy with the Republican Party’s nominee, Dede Scozzafava; they think she’s too liberal. So big names like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty have been getting behind Hoffman. Former Sen. Fred Thompson, too, has endorsed Hoffman — and now Thompson has filmed an ad for the independent.
Make no mistake, it’s a good ad; Thompson, who starred on “Law and Order,” is obviously good in front of a camera. There’s no reason to believe a former senator from Tennessee can move votes in an upstate New York congressional district, though. What Thompson can do, however, is bring more attention to Hoffman’s campaign on a national level, and raise more money for the candidate.
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)