"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)
Though it doesn’t mean that owner Dan Snyder will be forced to change the name of the Washington Redskins, Wednesday’s landmark ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has has canceled six registered trademarks, has found the name “disparaging” to Native Americans. And, given the prospect of the NFL losing profits on the team’s merchandise, it may be the most compelling reason yet for Snyder to change the name. Twitter is abuzz with the news, with half of the national trending topics devoted to Snyder and the Redskins. One of the hashtags, of course, seeks to come up with an alternate name for the team.
There are plenty of cynical suggestions:
I'm like 75% sure they're going to try to get away with Washington RDSKNS. #NewRedskinsName— Jeff Howe (@jeffunscripted) June 18, 2014
#NewRedskinsName Washington Natives. Same syllables for the fight song. Same logo.— Maria Lyon (@mlyon24) June 18, 2014
And ridiculous ones, too:
#NewRedskinsName The "Washington Lobbyists", after D.C's most numerous population segment.— EriStocrat (@EriSt0crat) June 18, 2014
All jokes aside, though, if there were ever a time to hope for the name to change, it’s now.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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)