"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)
Much as in real life, a cat’s killer instincts bested its foes: A robot, diamond ring, helicopter and guitar all lost out to their feline competition in a contest to be the next Monopoly game piece.
Fans from more than 120 countries voted on which of the eight tokens to add and which one to toss, with the cat coming out on top. Sadly, the iron came in last place and is now being retired. Goodbye, iron!
“Tokens are always a key part of the Monopoly game… and our fans are very passionate about their tokens, about which token they use while they play,” Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president for Hasbro gaming marketing, told the New York Daily News.
The cat will be joining the racecar, Scottie dog, a shoe, thimble, top hat, wheelbarrow and battleship as the newest game piece to pass “Go.”
The best part? Now players can kill downtime between turns (Monopoly is a slow game, am I right?) by doing cute stuff like putting the top hat on the cat or maybe pretending the cat and Scottie dog are chasing each other around the board! Or perhaps commander kitty could send the battleship to war against a rebel sect of those bouncy cat toys that look like fishing poles?
Really, this is great news all around. Congratulations, tiny cat! And to all real life cats: Today is your day. Hold your cat heads high!
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)