"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)
If you are part of the class of 2014, be thankful that “Late Night” host Seth Meyers was not your commencement speaker this year. Because he has his own show, though, Meyers got to rain on your parade anyway, with a demotivational speech that declares, “Your whole life is ahead of you. Not the fun part — that part’s over — but the other part.”
“Let’s be honest — if you’re gay, it gets better. If you’re anyone else, it gets worse,” Meyers said, before he uttered a bunch of platitudes that are really just short sentences. Eh, maybe you’ll appreciate this speech more when you’re a little older, living in a van down by the river.
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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)