"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)
Beyoncé’s had a busy year — the singer, performing at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, delivered a memorable, and memorably less-than-live, rendition of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s inauguration last week. For the first time since the lip-syncing scandal, the singer opened the floor to questions at a pre-Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans — but not before belting a live rendition of the National Anthem to assembled reporters.
The a cappella anthem didn’t stop the questions from a generally reverent press. “Did any sound come out of your vocal chords during the inauguration?” asked the most aggressive of the group.
“I did sing along with the pre-recorded track,” Beyoncé conceded tersely. She had previously noted, “I will absolutely be singing live. I am well rehearsed, and I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born for.” Another reporter compared her to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
Though Beyoncé acknowledged that she had “haters” — “I love haters!” she told a group of reporters who lavishly praised her even as they asked about an embarrassing moment — she seemed little-prepared for much questioning. Asked by a Danish reporter what color her toothbrush was, she replied, “Blue? Blue and yellow, maybe.”
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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)