"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)
You can say many things about Mel Gibson: That he’s a narcissist, that his career is doomed, that he’s self-loathing and obsessive, that he’s an anti-Semite or a racist or a domestic abuser. Also, that “The Beaver” is a really unfortunate title for his movie comeback. But we thought it was time to let Mel Gibson speak for himself.
The world’s worst phone conversationalist has yet to make a public statement — honestly, what could he say? — but since we have a full, 3700-word transcript of the five tapes released so far by Radar Online, we decided to run some numbers on a few choice words. If the language we use says something about us, what conclusions can we come to here? We leave that for you, dear reader.
(Note: These numbers reflect Gibson’s use of the word in question, not his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. For those keeping score at home, the total number of F-bombs in the exchange between the two? 129.)
blow me: 7
gold-digger, gold-digging: 2
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)