"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)
July is “Ex-gay Pride Month,” according to absolutely nobody except the Family Research Council. But it is still news worth celebrating, according to “ex-gay” rights advocates. Worth celebrating with a song!
Which is why Voice for the Voiceless (Mission: “Defending the rights of former homosexuals”) recently put out a request for an anthem, and there are some pretty incredible perks if you win!
Perks like debuting your music video “LIVE at the First Ex-Gay Pride Month celebration in Washington, DC.” And … that is it, basically.
Not sure how to capture the pulse of the “ex-gay” movement in four chords? Don’t sweat it, Dan Savage and some other aspiring musicians on Twitter have a few suggestions to spare.
My personal recommendation? “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” of course.
Livin' On A Prayer (Oh god, please don't let me be gay thanks Amen) #ExGayThemeSongs— Velvet Pig (@Velvetpig) July 9, 2013
Billie Jean is not my lover, she's just the girl I bring home to my mom #ExGayThemeSongs— An Excitable Boy (@CharlesKovalik) July 9, 2013
"Don't Stand So Close To Me (Because I'm Trying REALLY Hard To Fool Myself Into Believing I'm Now Straight)" #ExGayThemeSongs— Paul Miller (@dalnat) July 9, 2013
h/t Joe My God
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)