"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)
Taking another shot at the man he once called the “king of bacon,” Rand Paul indirectly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday for using taxpayer money to fund what Paul and others saw as de facto campaign ads.
At a Senate hearing over post-Sandy recovery efforts, Paul questioned Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan over whether the use of taxpayer money for ads featuring politicians was appropriate. While Paul never mentioned Christie by name, the implication that the New Jersey governor was the subject of Paul’s criticism was unmistakable.
“Some of these ads, people running for office put their their mug all over these ads while they’re in the middle of a political campaign,” Paul said. In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office. Do ya think there might be a conflict of interest there?”
The ads in question were part of New Jersey’s “Stronger Than the Storm” campaign, which was intended to draw people back to the Jersey Shore in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. The ads featured the Christie family urging viewers to visit the shore and repeating the “stronger than the storm” slogan.
“That’s a real problem. And that’s why when people who are trying to do good and trying to use taxpayers’ money wisely, they’re offended to see our money spent on political ads,” Paul said. “That’s just offensive.”
Watch one of the “Stronger Than the Storm” ads below:
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)