"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)
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and producer and singer Pharrell Williams have released their latest collaboration, the theme song for “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” performed by Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar.
All four wrote the song, “It’s On Again,” and “did the opposite of what composers usually do,” Zimmer explained a few weeks ago, when the song was first announced. “When we came together to form a band to create the music of this film, we did the opposite of what composers usually do — we wrote songs, and from the songs came the themes,” Zimmer explained. “We embraced a rock ‘n’ roll ethos on this movie, and it paid off.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released April 22, and also feature new material from Williams, the Neighbourhood and Alvin Risk. “It’s On Again” will be available on iTunes on April 1.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ hits theaters May 2.
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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)