Despite being, in a sense, born into the US music industry – his father Bob was one of 50s/60s Nashville’s top-tier session bass players – R Stevie Moore has spent his strange and rather wonderful career firmly outside it. Since 1968 – and to this day – he has been busy in his basement home-taping an endless stream of eccentric, off-brand pop, apparently trying to copy the hits he heard on the radio and getting it all just a tiny, lovely little bit wrong. Much of it is utterly lo-fi and wildly, kaleidoscopically elaborate at once, and this terrific compilation herds together some highlights of his unknowably vast discography (by some counts more than 400 albums strong). And there are real treasures here, from the thrumming, Neil Youngish The Winner to oddball power-pop gem Why Should I Love You? (recently covered by the Vaccines). An outsider hero whose cult seems to keep growing with each generation, Moore could hardly be a better advert for going your own way. [Source]
The Vaccines cover R Stevie Moore for Record Store Day 2012. Limited 7inch available soon from O Genesis recordings.
[via Peter Elsnab]
Edited by Nuno Monteiro as a tribute to John Child.
Edited by Nuno Monteiro. Song composed by The Vaccines. RSM version from PLEASE LEAVE! (2012). Available @ http://rsteviemoore.bandcamp.com/album/please-leave. ATTENTION: ONGOING ALBUM – DO NOT PURCHASE YET! NEW TRACKS ADDED SOON. PLEASE LEAVE! (outro song “wtf”)
This 10 year old recording is now being re-released on 7″ vinyl. Get it here.
As the homage to A Hard Day’s Night on its cover makes clear, 1986′s Glad Music is R. Stevie Moore’s attempt at making a straightforward pop album, or at least as close to straightforward as this Nashville-born, New Jersey-based quirk pop innovator is capable of getting. [Source]