"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)
Britney Spears, who’s still under the legal conservatorship of her father following a prolonged public breakdown in 2007 and 2008, is still releasing new music. And she doesn’t seem too happy about it.
In a radio interview, Spears complained about the racy video for her new single “Work Bitch”:
A lot of sex goes into what I do. But sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you’re dancing the whole video, and there’s like not that much sex stuff going on.
Spears said she was uncomfortable with the footage that had been shot:
I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it’s just hard to play sexy mom while you’re being a pop star as well.
In the video, Spears gyrates in a bikini and whips equally undressed models; as has been the case often since 2008, Spears seems uncomfortable and out-of-place in the milieu. The host, a Boston radio DJ, asked whether handlers were “pushing you further than you wanna go” and if Spears were forced to assert herself in the editing room, to which Spears replied “Yes.”
Since her conservatorship began, Spears has released two albums, and a third is expected shortly, along with a Las Vegas concert residency; she also appears on the forthcoming album by Miley Cyrus, a younger artist who’s gleefully playing into expectations of “sexiness” that hinge on male titillation. Plus ça change!
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)