"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)
Mike Huckabee’s Friday morning speech at CPAC wasn’t so much a speech as a recitation of bumper sticker-size conservative slogans and Fox News inspired zingers.
But before he started mailing in quips about Benghazi and condemnations of the “criminal” IRS, the former Southern Baptist minister made sure to warn America of the Sodom and Gomorrah it could one day become.
“I know there’s a god, and I know this nation would not exist without him as the midwife of its birth,” Huckabee told the near-capacity crowd of conservative activists. “And I know that if this nation forgets god, god will have every right to forget us.”
After sharing a joke about how god should “apologize” to Sodom and Gomorrah if he decides not to strike down America for its wickedness, Huckabee spoke of his “hope” that the U.S. would “repent before we ever have to receive his fiery judgment.”
In Huckabee’s telling, a god who destroyed America would be doing nothing more than dismantling something he himself had once built. “There is no other way to explain [American] history,” Huckabee said, referring to god’s guiding hand.
The former presidential candidate and Fox News host didn’t go into much detail as to what America had done to deserve divine punishment, but he did proclaim that he knew “life begins at conception” and that “a society that sacrifices its own children is no better than the ancient philistines.”
Yet Huckabee left the door open for another, more man-made form of righteousness to take hold in the unlikely event that god himself doesn’t step in: “I know the Second Amendment,” Huckabee said, “is the only last resort we have in this country to protect all the other freedoms we enjoy.”
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)