"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)
When you have to fill 24 hours a day of airspace with nothing but your Senate campaign, as does former Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who became the first candidate in history to create an entire cable network dedicated to her campaign, you need to produce a lot of content. So perhaps it should be forgiven if her new ad bears a striking resemblance to a John Hancock mutual fund ad from 2010.
The new ad portrays an older man sitting silently in a coffee shop screen-left with a laptop, chatting with his wife over instant messenger. The text of their conversation appears on the right side of the screen. The man says he’s worried about Social Security and Medicare. He and his wife agree that Lingle is the best candidate to deal with the programs, as Democratic challenger Mazie Hirono “gets nothing done.”
The John Hancock ad, meanwhile, portrays an older man sitting silently in a coffee shop screen-left with a laptop, chatting with his wife over instant messenger. The text of their conversation appears on the right side of the screen. The couple expresses concern about their retirement, before a title card for the company appears on-screen with a narrator saying “the future is yours.”
The Hirono campaign sent the ads to Salon, saying John Hancock’s ad “clearly (ahem) ‘inspires’ Republican Linda Lingle’s.” The Lingle campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
Here’s the Lingle ad:
And the John Hancock one:
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
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)