"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)
After reading an Austin American-Stateman column by Ken Herman on cowboy boots, outgoing Texas land commissioner and former GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Jerry Patterson felt the need to weigh in on Lone Star style — and took a shot at his governor, Rick Perry, in the process.
“[W]hite socks look fine with a suit when you’re wearing boots. Not so much with shoes,” Patterson explained to Herman, offering a reason why the latter should embrace wearing cowboy boots.
“The convenience of having just white socks in your drawer is compelling,” Patterson went on to explain. “No more ‘is this sock blue or black?’ as you fumble in the early AM. In fact, with nothing but white socks (preferably same brand and purchased at once so they age similarly), you don’t even need to fold them — just throw them in the drawer.”
Strong as Patterson’s white-sock defense was, however, the Texas politician felt the need to double-down in favor of the cowboy boot by citing Gov. Perry as a negative example.
“I lament the fact that our governor could now pass for a West Coast metrosexual and has embarrassed us all with his sartorial change of direction,” Patterson said.
Of Perry’s given excuse for no longer wearing cowboy boots — back pain exacerbated by their signature heels — Patterson said, “Tell Rick that boots can be purchased with normal heels.”
It may not be Nicki Minaj at the BET awards, but by the standards of conservative old white guys in Texas, that counts as shade.
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)