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R. Stevie Moore

One of the most difficult to categorize musicians in rock, R. Stevie Moore is a true original. Bypassing the traditional recording industry more thoroughly than just about any internationally known singer/songwriter ever has, Moore has self-released literally thousands of songs through the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club (online at www.rsteviemoore.com), an ongoing mail-order operation that has hundreds of individually dubbed cassettes and CD-Rs in its catalog. The handful of traditional LPs and CDs Moore has released since 1975 are primarily collections of some of the best songs from those cassettes. Moore's music, a blend of classic pop influences, arty experimentalism, idiosyncratic lyrics, wild stylistic left turns, and homemade rough edges, is one of a kind, but entire generations of lo-fi enthusiasts and indie trailblazers, from Guided by Voices to the Apples in Stereo, owe much to Moore's pioneering in the field.

The son of legendary Music City session musician Bob Moore (not Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, as many articles mistakenly claim) and the older brother of Linda Moore, singer/bassist for '80s country-pop band Calamity Jane, Robert Steven Moore was born January 18, 1952, in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in a musical environment, Moore mastered several instruments as a child, including guitar, piano, bass, and drums. He formed his first band, the Marlborough, at the age of 15; armed with inspiration from the first two Mothers of Invention albums and an inexpensive four-track recorder he received for his 16th birthday, Moore began recording Marlborough performances, bizarre spoken word pieces, comedic skits, and one-man band songs. This all-over-the-map D.I.Y. aesthetic would remain Moore's calling card throughout his career.

After graduating from high school and dropping out of Vanderbilt University, Moore became a session musician and the president of his father's music publishing company, but did not excel at either. Moore's eccentric personal style and non-country musical influences, including Zappa, the Beatles, Brian Wilson, Todd Rundgren, and the Move, were determinedly out of step with Nashville's prevailing musical culture during the early '70s. Although Moore and his high-school friends gigged around town under a variety of band names, most of his time was spent writing and recording by himself, slowly developing an idiosyncratic but increasingly poppy personal style. Encouraged by his uncle Harry Palmer, who at the time was president of Atco Records, Moore pieced together his 1975 debut album, Phonography, from two years' worth of home recording sessions. Palmer issued Phonography and its two follow-ups, Stance and Delicate Tension, on his own HP Music label. Encouraged by the response his records were receiving in the nascent New York punk and new wave scene -- Ira Robbins' Trouser Press magazine was particularly complimentary in its praise -- Moore moved to northern New Jersey in early 1978.

Aside from periodic bouts of gigging around New York, often backed by friends like Chris Butler and the Smithereens' Dennis Diken, Moore has remained a home-recording loner, creating new songs on an almost weekly basis in styles ranging all the way from hip-hop to Windham Hill-style piano instrumentals. A mid-'80s association with the French New Rose label resulted in his best-known albums, the two-disc retrospective Everything You Always Wanted to Know About R. Stevie Moore But Were Afraid to Ask and the fruit of a rare session in a real recording studio, Teenage Spectacular. Other albums and CDs, including an expanded digital reissue of Phonography and a well-chosen but unfortunately named career overview called Greatesttits, have come out on a variety of tiny American and European indies.

Moore continued to record throughout the '90s and 2000s, seeing a spike in recognition by the late 2000s when emerging lo-fi artists such as Ariel Pink and John Maus cited Moore as a primary influence. This led to more exposure for his always prolific recordings, as well as European touring and a cover story in the end name for all experimental music mags, The Wire. Amid a constant stream of new songs and releases, 2012 saw the release of yet another collection of his stronger work, Lo-Fi Hi-Fives... A Kind of Best Of, followed the next year by another, Personal Appeal. Probably too quirky and challenging to ever break through beyond his devoted and slowly growing cult following, R. Stevie Moore has remained true to his fiercely independent vision. ~ Stewart Mason
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Personal Appeal

1. Why Can't I Write A Hit?

2. Makeup Shakeup

3. Old

4. Structure Of Love

5. The Picture

6. Quarter Peep Show

7. I've Begun To Fall In Love

8. Pretend For A Second That You Are Very Intelligent

9. Forecast

10. No Body

11. Man Without A Purpose

12. Treat Me What We Did

13. Copy Me

14. I'm Sorry But Goodnight

15. I'm Sorry But Goodnight

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Track List: Lo Fi High Fives... A Kind Of Best Of

1. Pop Music

2. Showbiz Is Dead

3. Why Should I Love You?

4. Dutch Me

5. Big Mistake

6. The Winner

7. Here Comes Summer Again

8. Hurry Up

9. I Go Into Your Mind

10. You And Me

11. Another Day Slips Away

12. Sentimental Ties

13. Little Man

14. Find Any

x

Track List: Advanced

1. Icarus

2. Pop Music

3. The Buzz

4. Runny Nose, Money Woes

5. Theorem

6. You Don't Have To Worry About My Love

7. Carmen Is Coming

8. Milk Shake

9. Kix Tartar Sauce

10. Me, Too

11. Love Is The Way To My Heart

12. Jimi Cricket

13. One Sight Of Me

14. Hurry Up

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Track List: Me Too

1. Play

2. First Hand

3. We Love Ourselves Don't We

4. You Love Me, Do Something

5. Horoscovia

6. Alecia

7. Jump Out In Front Of A Car

8. New Strings

9. 21 Mules And Mutants

10. I Loved You

11. All Well And Good

12. Elation Damnation

13. Outpatient

14. How 'Bout Writin' Me A Goddamn Song?

15. Whereabouts

16. Misplacement

17. Ryman Auditorium

18. Why Do You Hate Me So Much

19. Let's Rest Together

20. U.R. True

21. That Long Walk To The Barn 6AM

22. Blank Track

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Track List: A.W.O.L.

2. Hitting It Off

3. Midget Desk

4. To The Other

7. Lambs

9. Non-Alignment Pact

12. No Longer (Coda)

13. Lovely Dieter

14. Dead Giveaway

17. Sad September

18. Gentrification

20. Bro Thurston

21. Perjury Duty

22. Steve Threw Up

x

Track List: Meet The R. Stevie Moore!

1. I Wanna Hit You

2. 'interview Fragment'

3. You And Me

4. Hobbies Galore

5. Cool Daddio

6. Goodbye Piano

7. I Want You In My Life

8. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs

9. Play Myself Some Music

10. Show Biz Is Dead

11. Horizontal Hideaway

12. Schoolgirl

13. Oh Pat

14. Answers

15. I Hope That You Remember

16. Puttin' Up The Groceries

17. Why Should I Love You ?

18. Debbie

19. She Don't Know What To Do With Herself

20. Once And For All

21. Teen Routines

22. I Wish I Could Sing

23. Thinking

24. Adult Tree

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Track List: Nevertheless Optimistic

1. Hug Me

2. Dates

3. First Hand

4. Holocaust Parade

5. Part Of The Problem

6. Hobbies Galore

7. Galore

8. Funny Child

9. Back In Time

10. The Jinx

11. Wayne, Wayne

12. Pedestrian Hop

13. Copy Me

14. Blues For Cathy Taylor

15. I Hate People

16. In My Own Quiet Way

17. One Moore Time

18. Cuss Me Out

19. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

20. Indian Giver

21. The Man With The Cigar

22. Love Is The Way To My Heart

23. Moons

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Track List: Hundreds Of Hiding Places

1. Wet Nap

2. Sort Of Way

3. Good Job At Home

4. 8 To 18

5. Steve

6. Hasty Banana

7. Chutes And Ladders

8. Ersatz Theme

9. Wish I Had A Cigarette

10. Human Race

11. Kaleidoscopics-II

12. Puttin' Up The Groceries

13. Linger Longer Lucy

14. Dancing In The Mirror

15. Exodus

16. Nico Knee Puccini

17. Man Without A Purpose

18. Want You In My Life (1983 Version)

19. Horse In Stripped Pajamas

20. Soul Zensation

21. Wet Nap (Coda)

x

Track List: Contact Risk

1. Your Dancing Ears

2. Under The Light

3. I Could Be Your Lover (Pt. 1)

4. Elation Damnation

5. The Clinch

6. Sponge Bath

7. Can't Afford No Food

8. Times Have Changed

9. Ill - Worst

10. You Love Me, Do Something

11. I Could Be Your Lover (Pt. 2)

12. Pledge Your Money

13. You Can't Write A Song

14. Oil

15. It's What You Do, It's Not What You Are

16. Alecia

17. I Could Be Your Lover (Pt. 3)

18. I Like To Stay Home

19. No Know

20. Hours Of Delight

21. Play Myself Some Music

x

Track List: Teenage Spectacular

1. The Bodycount

2. Hobbies Galore

3. Blues For Cathy Taylor

4. Cover Of Rolling Stone

5. Everyone, But Everyone

x

Track List: Great Test Hits

1. Welcome To London

2. I Wanna Hit You

3. Chantilly Lace

4. One Moore Time

5. Forecast

6. Topic Of Same

7. His Latest Flame

8. First Hand

9. Teen Routines

10. Why Can't I Write A Hit?

11. U R True

12. Wayne, Wayne (Go Away)

13. Debbie

14. I Hope That You Remember

15. Part Of The Problem

16. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs

17. Why Should I Love You?

18. Along Comes Mary

19. The Bodycount

20. Hobbies Galore

21. Cover Of The Rolling Stone

22. You Always Want What You Don't Have

23. Whereabouts

24. Diary

x

Track List: Glad Music

1. Norway

2. I Like To Stay Home

3. I Wouldn't Mind Dyin'

4. He's Nuts

5. Part Of The Problem

6. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs

7. Your Dancing Ears

8. Glib Contempt

9. Why Should I Love You?

10. I Love You So Much It Hurts

11. Shakin' In The Sixties

12. Along Comes Mary

13. Colliding Circles

14. Time Stands Still

15. The Strange

x

Track List: What's The Point?!!

1. Get The Job Done

2. Love Has Doubt

3. Theme From Hurricane David

4. Part Of The Problem

5. Compatibility Leaves

6. Going Down The Way

7. For Vini

8. Puttin' Up The Groceries

9. Conflict Of Interest

10. I Don't Think She Knows

11. Bloody Knuckles

12. Where You Reside

13. I Wanna Sleep

14. World's Fair

15. Too Old (To Fall In Love)

16. What's The Point?!!

17. Part Of The Problem

18. I Don't Think She Knows

19. Bloody Knuckles

x

Track List: The North

1. In My Room

2. Our Fabulous Communication

3. Theme From The North

4. Pedestrian Hop

5. Four From Phonography #1

6. I Don't Think She Knows

7. You Don't Have To Worry 'Bout My Love

8. Going Down The Way

9. Thank You Very Much

10. (I'm Your) Latest Guest

11. God Only Knows

12. Loneliness Monologue / Why Can't I Forget Females

13. Norway

14. Darn That Dream

15. The Handicap Blues

16. Not A Second Time

17. Tape To Disc

18. Suspicion / Four From Phonography #2

19. Girl Go

20. Once And For All

21. Wix La Chelme

22. Structure Of Love

23. Wanna Git To You

24. You Became To Me

25. The Picture

x

Track List: Games And Groceries

Disc 1

1. Games

2. I Wanna Sleep

3. You Came Along Just In Time

4. I'm Dancing

5. This Wednesday

6. I Go Into Your Mind

7. Horizontal Hideaway

8. Part Of The Problem

9. Mass Assembly (Pt. 1)

10. Short Game

11. You Always Want What You Don't Have

12. Near Tonight

13. Mass Assembly (Pt. 2)

14. Composition Process

15. The Wonders Of Welding

16. Too Many Girlz

17. New Jersey Games

Disc 2

1. Groceries (Instrumental)

2. I Love Us - We Love Me

3. Advertising Agency Of F**king

4. River

5. Why Can't I Write A Hit?

6. Ethan Sequence

7. Lip Service

8. I Am Freaking Out

9. The Meeting That Couldn't Be

10. Pasketti/Do It Again

11. I'm Too Old To Fall In Love

12. I Missed July

13. No Talking

14. Dirty Woman

15. Puttin' Up The Groceries

x

Track List: Pow Wow

Disc 1

1. Pow Wow

2. The Residents

3. Diet Pepsi And Rum

4. Oh Yeah

5. 746-0531

6. Jesus Rocks

7. Copy Me

8. I Feel So Bad I Feel Good

9. Sand In My Eyes

10. Misplacement (Extended Version)

11. Love Come Soon

12. Blasted

Disc 2

1. Hearing Aid

2. Debbie

3. Let's Make The Water Turn Black

4. Waiting For Life To Stop

5. I Looked At The Bottom Of My Foot

6. One Sight Of Me

7. Marie's The Name (His Latest Flame)

8. No Talking (Slow Version)

9. So Much Personality

10. Why Can't I Write A Hit? (Instrumental)

11. I'll See You In Bed

x

Track List: Delicate Tension

1. Cool Daddio

2. Delicate Tension

3. Schoolgirl

4. Don't Blame The N**gers

5. Zebra Standards

6. You Are Too Far From Me

7. Oh Pat

8. Apropos Joe

9. Funny Child

10. Norway

11. This Wednesday

12. Some Voices

13. I Go Into Your Mind

14. Horizontal Hideaway

15. Don't Let Me Go To The Dogs

16. Ist Or Mas

17. Dance Man

18. Manufacturers

19. My Little Automobile Is Sad

20. Caffeine Boy

21. Let's

22. Thinking

23. New Strings

24. Bulk Of Knowledge

25. Adjacent Species Like You

x

Track List: Stevie Moore Returns

Disc 1

1. Melbourne

2. I Wish I Could Sing

3. Magnusifence

4. Frank Jones Interview

5. Louie Louie

6. I Want You In My Life

7. Ready Set Grow (Disco Version)

8. Once In A Lifetime / This Is My Life

9. Boy Is Running

10. Maraschino Valley

11. Little Man

12. Heaven On Earth

Disc 2

1. Milk Shake

2. Sort Of Way

3. Love Is The Way To My Heart

4. Everybody Is So Ignorant

5. Lonely Teardrops

6. Just Another Sigh

7. For T.S.

8. Mason Jar

9. The Winner

10. Come My Way

11. Goodbye Piano

12. The Kids With Daddy

x

Track List: Phonography

1. Melbourne

2. Explanation Of Artist

3. Goodbye Piano

4. Explanation Of Listener

5. California Rhythm

6. I've Begun To Fall In Love

7. The Spot

8. I Want You In My Life

9. I Wish I Could Sing

10. Theme From A.G.

11. The Voice

12. Showing Shadows

13. She Don't Know What To Do With Herself

14. The Lariat Wressed Posing Hour

15. I Not Listening

16. Mr. Nashville

17. Moons

x

Track List: R. Stevie Moore Plays Songs By The Beatles

1. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You

2. Eleanor Rigby

3. You're Gonna Lose That Girl

4. Martha My Dear

5. If I Needed Someone

6. She Said She Said

7. Your Mother Should Know

8. I'm Only Sleeping

9. Help!

10. I'll Be Back

11. And Your Bird Can Sing

12. If I Fell

13. It's Only Love

14. And I Love Her

15. I Wanna Be Your Man

16. The Long And Winding Road

17. Strawberry Fields Forever

18. Here, There And Everywhere

19. Abbey Road Medley

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+ 1 Bobonnit, as usual, your commentary is spot on
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And he bites as bad as Syd Barret
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shawman47
this is simple to categorize - this is Syd Barret era Pink Floyd.
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this guy sounds like a bad a**!

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