"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)
In the past week, over 100 wildfires have ravaged New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, killing one man and destroying over 200 homes. The largest of those blazes, the Rural Fire Service announced, began at a Defense Department training area.
The blaze, which “was started as a result of live ordnance exercises,” engulfed over 180 square miles near Lithgow, west of Sydney. No one was injured or killed by the fire, which destroyed several homes, and evacuated residents of the community of Blue Mountains, which had been hit by several fires in the past week, were told late Wednesday night that they could return home.
But Blue Mountains’ mayor, Mark Greenhill, was upset to find out about the link between the fire and the Defense Department, which is still conducting its own investigation into the event.
“I would have hoped on a day like that — which was a dry day, a hot day, with the winds — the Australian military would have known it wouldn’t be a good time to be igniting,” Greenhill told the Australian Broadcasting Corp., according to the Associated Press.
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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)