"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)
Macklemore’s Instagram account last made news when the rapper used it to publicly apologize to Kendrick Lamar for winning Grammys. Many found Macklemore’s use of the social medium to air a private message distasteful. Here’s hoping they unfollowed, because this would turn anyone’s stomach.
The rapper published to Instagram a short video depicting a recently used toilet and soundtracked by an a cappella rap (of sorts …) about best practices for men who urinate in public facilities. Those with sensitive stomachs are advised not to watch, and to stop reading before this excerpt from the lengthy caption:
“ITS TIME THAT US MEN STARTED RESPECTING TO THE BASIN THAT OUR QUEENS SIT ON! LETS RAISE THE NEXT GENERATION TO HAVE BETTER AIM SO WOMEN DONT HAVE TO PEE & POOP ON OUR PEE!…and IM NOT TRYING TO POOP ON YOUR PEE EITHER!”
Leaving aside the strange patronization of “our queens,” this may well be a worthy sentiment, one imagines (?), if not exactly the sort that one wants to encounter on Instagram. If anyone was shocked that Macklemore, who uses a strange, faux-Jamaican accent in his video, has evoked ire for defeating more serious-minded folks like Lamar and Drake at the Grammys, that ought to end now.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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)