"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)
Talk about music bringing pleasure. This week the Dutch electronic dance music group, ADAM, posted a stimulated version of their song “Go to Go.” They took the EDM standard of building a pulsing musical climax quite literally.
In the video three of the five band members try to sing straight faced, while simultaneously being stimulated by a sex toy. (You can hear the faint buzzing throughout the song.) Needless to say the catchy song ends in a torrent of heavy breathing and giggles.
The video in itself is pretty darn innovative. Whether they meant it or not, it is a very different view of female sexuality than the one usually portrayed in music videos, which either hyper-sexualize pop-stars or use women as props.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped some websites from dripping with voyeuristic icky-ness when talking about the video. One publication wrote:
“We might have to watch it 20 or 30 more times to be sure. Either way, it’s one of the sexiest videos we’ve seen since Shakira writhed around in a shower a few years back.”
Ew. Get a grip dude. The video can be viewed 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)