"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)
Lady Gaga performed on “American Idol” on May 5, 2010, in order to up the hype for the new video for “Judas.” There were smoke machines, masks, and all the creepy stuff we’ve come to expect from the Madonna-alien hybrid. But Gaga’s not happy: She took to Twitter to complain that Fox edited her version down from six and a half minutes. (She has since deleted her post.)
So what did we really miss in the performance? We compare the edited and unedited versions below.
So what part of Lady Gaga’s performance did we miss with the edits? The opening piano bars of “Bad Romance,” which didn’t sound like “Bad Romance” but something that Amy Winehouse would sing? Because otherwise the videos looks pretty much the same … and pretty weird for an “Idol” performance. Then again, who expects Gaga to show up and give a straight performance?
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)