R Stevie Moore - Personal Appeal

Highlights from DIY legend’s cassette-club rarities

Personal Appeal

It seems appropriate that, in
an era when the music
industry at large is on its
knees, those who have always
existed outside the business
are finally getting the
recognition their recordings
undoubtedly warrant.

R Stevie Moore is
everywhere these days.
Magazine covers, radio
sessions, festival appearances and successful tours are
something of a novelty for the
Grandfather Of DIY. Since the
70s, Moore has made
hundreds of releases through
a number of labels, as well as
through his own mail-order
cassette club. It’s from the
latter that this diverse batch
is taken, spanning the years
1973-2001.

Mention DIY or lo-fi to
some and they’ll likely expect
the unconventional – absurd,
even – construction of a song
like Pretend For A Second That
You Are Very Intelligent, but
they might be surprised by the
classical beauty that underpins
the genuinely witty Makeup
Shakeup, or the simple,
almost-Beatlesque The Picture
(albeit lyrically closer to
Pictures Of Lily than Mother
Nature’s Son). Elsewhere,
Treat Me inhabits the space
where The Monkees and Frank
Zappa overlap.

Moore’s Nashville-based
father Bob played bass for
everyone from Dylan and Elvis
to Sammy Davis Jr and Quincy
Jones, and his influence is
clear; all of pop music is here.
 

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Care In The Community | tbc (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Paul McGuinness
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