"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)
Someone with a serious ax to grind against Elon Musk and his electric car company has been leaving fliers on Teslas parked in San Francisco, urging drivers to give the cars back — if, that is, they don’t want to be the kind of person who supports organized crime.
The allegations are as perplexing as they are wide-ranging: They accuse the company of “manipulating Congress” and expound on the risk of the cars’ lithium-ion batteries exploding whenever they get wet or “bumped” (to be fair, lithium ion batteries have been known to burst into flames, although past incidents involving Tesla occurred not with a bump, but when the battery pack was slammed by a large metallic object).
Tech journalist Ryan Block tweeted out a copy (a larger version can be read here):
“Anonymous fliers making outlandish claims aren’t exactly new in San Francisco,” SF Gate helpfully points out. But these specific claims are particularly outlandish: Not only did Tesla help instigate a war that began two years before the company was founded, according to the fliers, it’s also formed a silent partnership with Google. As for the people behind the wheel? “Psychographic, demographic and marketing studies have been published showing that Tesla drivers have a higher-than-average inclination toward drugs, strange sexual behavior and risk.” And they likely have a bad case of anal itch.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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)