"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)
Not too long ago, comedian Kevin Hart rode a Lyft car with Conan O’Brien, Ice Cube and a stranger. He had a pretty good time. On Tuesday’s “Tonight Show,” the comic got onto a roller coaster ride with Jimmy Fallon, who is taping from Universal Studios this week. The entire endeavor seemed a lot less comfortable for Hart, who has a fear of roller coastes. He joked that “I feel like I’m from ‘Back to the Future.’”
After watching the segment, though, Hart couldn’t stop laughing: “I’ve got tears in my eyes!” he exclaimed. The lesson here is that if you’re a celebrity who is afraid of something, don’t let Jimmy Fallon find out about it.
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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)