"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)
After Facebook commenters called its commercial “stupid and provocative,” XXL, a Norwegian sporting goods company, has rescheduled the zombie commercial to air only after 9 p.m. on Norway’s television networks.
Translated into English from the company’s Facebook page, using Bing Translator:
Our advertising agency did extensive research before we landed to make a commercial with references from the zombie genre. To remove the “scary truth” they have deliberately used the daylight throughout the film, entertaining rock recording history rather than creepy music, and we have a hint of a little boy on the scooters that overcomes stupid zombies etc. We also have seasoned with what we believe is a large dollop of humor.
Watch the “stupid” commercial, below:
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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)