"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)
Glenn Beck has terrible politics and really bad ideas about how the world works, but he’s really, really good at putting on a show. Like that one time he interviewed himself? Or that other time he did that thing with the moon? Or how he has his own brand of jeans? Or all of the bow ties and cardigans all the time? So much pizazz happening with Glenn Beck.
On Wednesday, Beck used his talent for the dramatic, “The Wizard of Oz,” a bunch of dolls and some really weird voices (one of which sounds strikingly similar to Cartman from “South Park”) to explain American politics.
The video is long, so allow me to summarize: The American people are Dorothy, Mitch McConnell is the Good Witch of the North, the government is the Wicked Witch of the West and Lindsey Graham, John McCain and John Boehner are the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, respectively.
Oh, and Glenn Beck’s giant ego is the fuel for the hot air balloon that the Wizard travels to Oz in, I am pretty sure but that is just my best guess.
Watch it here:
h/t Right Wing Watch
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)