"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)
Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton may be two of the most well-known and accomplished women of their generation, but for the latest cold open for “Saturday Night Live,” the two first ladies (played by Sasheer Zamata and Vanessa Bayer, respectively) spoke to Americans as mothers instead of politicians.
“As two of our country’s first moms, Hillary and I want to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the moms around this wonderful nation,” says Zamata-as-Obama to begin the segment.
“Both of us have been called so many things,” Bayer-as-Clinton adds, “but it’s nice to have one day where the first thing that we’re called is ‘mom.’”
The two first ladies then proceed to talk about some of their favorite subjects, with Obama touting her work to improve America’s children’s health — and Clinton dropping not-so-subtle hint after not-so-subtle hint as to her intentions to run for president in 2016 (probably).
Seemingly inevitably, however, the address devolves into a passive-aggressive back-and-forth between the two women as they argue over which one has achieved more during their time in the public eye.
Considering one of them is a former senator and secretary of state, while the other has never technically held public office, most would probably have to give the edge to Clinton.
However, the question of whether the leading topical comedy show in America should be able to find a fresher angle than “cat fight!” when spoofing these two women, that’s up for debate.
Check out the “SNL” clip 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)