"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)
Though he exited “Saturday Night Live” last season, comedian Fred Armisen has brought back his beloved punk rock character Ian Rubbish for an opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to interview and perform with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, members of iconic punk rock band The Clash. In a film mockumentary by Funny or Die, “The Clash: The Last Gang in Town,” Rubbish attempts to draw on the similarities between his band, Ian Rubbish & The Bizzaros, and his idols.
“The Clash, you know, they write a lot about politics, and we try to do the same,” says Rubbish. “What we did with The Clash is, when they did something political, we would say something like, ‘We agree with the Clash,’ or, ‘What they said.’”
Simonon and Jones then obliged Rubbish by performing an original Bizarros song, “Hey Policeman!”.
The song is “about the police,” says Rubbish. “And my boot goes in your face.”
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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)