"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)
It was only a matter of time before budding television star and grill-sporting Olympic gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte got his own reality TV show. Called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?,” the six-episode E! series will follow the swimmer around as he prepares for the 2016 Olympics, starts his own fashion line and searches for a girlfriend.
Lochte, who won five medals in the London Olympics, quickly earned a sort of “bro king” status based on his predilection for one-night stands, repeated use of a fratty-sounding phrase “Jeah!” and an expansive shoe collection. E! Entertainment president Suzanne Kolb said, “He is an incredibly endearing personality who is sexy, entertaining and fun. Watching this show, I believe people will fall into three categories: they want to be him, sleep with him or mother him.” The show will focus on Lochte and family members, including his mother, older married sisters, younger brother, his nephews and and his roommate. It premieres in April.
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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)