"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)
Stephen Colbert broke character to chat with CNN’s Jake Tapper about his sister’s bid for Congress in South Carolina, which will hold its primaries on Tuesday.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is running against two other Democrats in the primary, and if she wins she will likely face off with favored Republican candidate, former Gov. Mark Sanford.
Colbert said that “this is the first” time he’s actually gotten involved in an election, and that he has been breaking character to help his sister campaign. “She’s my sister, and I’m willing to break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. I’m not worried about what it’ll do to my show.”
He added, “I don’t care” if people object to his involvement.
Tapper also asked Colbert about Mark Sanford, who is likely to win the Republican nomination. “Mark Sanford is favored,” Colbert said. “The former governor of the Appalachian Trail.” He added: “I will make jokes about it. I said, ‘Lulu, if you do something funny I will make jokes about you.’”
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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)