"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)
Republican candidate for Colorado governor and UN bike-share mind-control plot uncoverer Dan Maes is merrily charging ahead with his campaign over the objections of nearly every Republican official in the state. The way Maes tells it, the fact that the party is begging him to drop out is just one more reason he needs to keep running. And he has a message for the federal government, too. That message is: “screw them.”
With that statement, Maes was promising to enforce some draconian anti-undocumented immigrant law, even if Uncle Sam doesn’t like it. “We’re going to do what’s best for the people of Colorado,” he said — excepting, I guess, the non-citizen people of Colorado.
Maes told his audience that he keeps going to what he thinks are fundraisers, only to find himself being told by various congressmen and senators to quit the gubernatorial race (these are also called “interventions,” Dan). Longtime immigrant-hater Tom Tancredo is so fed up with Maes that he’s entered the race on the Constitution Party ticket. And Tancredo is now polling in second place, more or less guaranteeing that Democrat John Hickenlooper will be the next governor of Colorado.
The Colorado Independent called county GOP chairs, and a consensus seems to be forming that this whole Maes mess happened because the state party did everything in its power to avoid a contested primary involving more than one viable candidate — and then their preferred candidate crashed and burned.
Maes used to tell a great story about working “undercover” battling gambling and drugs — until he was dismissed from the police force because he “got too close to some significant people in the community who were involved in these activities.” This supposedly happened in a town improbably named Liberal, Kansas. Except that it didn’t ever happen, as he was eventually forced to admit that he made the story up.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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)