"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)
The other day, Newt Gingrich very clearly said that Paul Ryan’s plan to completely replace Medicare with vouchers was a bad idea, because it is an incredibly unpopular idea, and Newt Gingrich’s political philosophy is based around only supporting popular ideas, or at least reworking unpopular ideas until they sound like popular ideas.
After he said this, Republicans and conservative pundits got very mad at him, because they are all working super-hard at making killing Medicare seem necessary and even popular. So Newt had to completely contradict himself, which isn’t that unusual for him, and declare that he wants to marry Paul Ryan.
Now that Gingrich totally 100% supports Paul Ryan, it is dishonest and unfair to point out that three days ago he did not support Paul Ryan. “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood,” Gingrich said, amazingly.
I mean just try to parse that. It’s an incredible statement. Newt Gingrich is, again, the smartest man in the room.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com 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)