"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)
Anyone who’s ever picked up a joystick is probably familiar with Super Mario — the heroic, mustachioed plumber who battles his way through platoons of pixelated reptiles to rescue Princess Peach. But what if Mario lived in Brooklyn instead of the Mushroom Kingdom?
Filmmaker Joe Nicolosi pondered that very question with a short film he produced for South by Southwest, which began last week and wraps up tomorrow. In it, Super Mario — now actually just a plumber — is plagued with romantic abandonment and substance abuse issues. As brother Luigi puts it: ”You’re a plumber, Mario. You need to stop doing so many mushrooms!”
Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.More Peter Finocchiaro.
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)