"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)
David Blaine hasn’t slept or eaten in three days. He is also being gently electrocuted by 1 million volts of electricity. The celebrity magician — whose previous stunts have included being buried alive, living in a brick of ice, and not eating while residing in a glass box for six weeks — has been standing on a platform in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park while audience-operated remote devices electrocute him. And the results are … underwhelming.
We’re used to Blaine’s uneventful stunts, but his latest Tron-looking spectacle might also be introducing increased levels of ozone — a corrosive gas that can be harmful to the respiratory system — into New York’s atmosphere. According to a report in Scientific American, “As those electrical discharges zap the air, they will separate oxygen molecules, which can then rejoin as O3, or ozone, an unstable toxic gas.” There you have it: David Blaine is boring and bad for your health.
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)