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The Future Is Worse Than the Past

R. Stevie MooreAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000033Z9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Found a Job
2. Misplacement
3. Everyone, But Everyone
4. Where We Are Right Now
5. Academy Fight Song
6. Oh Baby Baby Baby
7. Rose Garden
8. Bladder
9. Play Myself Some Music
10. Idiot Opium
11. Column 88
12. Fletcher Honorama
13. Once and For All
14. Backbone Break
15. Baby, Scratch My Back
16. For Vini
17. Disaster in the USA

Editorial Reviews

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We can all celebrate the fact that R. Stevie Moore remains healthy and crazy. Heart problems a couple of years ago didn't make a dent in his musicianship or in the eccentric spirit that has made him one of the true originals. A staple of the New York/New Jersey underground who became a one-man cottage industry when he started a home-taping phenomenon eons ago, Moore has kept at it, churning out cassettes and LPs by the truckload. He was slow to embrace the digital era, finally breaking down in 1993 and releasing a CD compilation of recordings he'd made over the years. Now, under the guiding hand of music scholar and producer Irwin Chusid, Moore steps into the fore with yet another collection of lo-fi symphonies, including "Everyone, But Everyone," with its echoes of Harry Nilsson, Ben Folds, and Alex Chilton; the synth-spiced "Where We Are Right Now"; the Devo-esque "Academy Fight Song"; and the dreamy "Play Myself Some Music." Unsung by all save a small cult, Moore deserves a wider audience. Perhaps this fine release will help him find it. -- Paul Verna, Billboard, 8/28/99

Product Description

A collection of home and studio recordings (1975-1997) by R. Stevie Moore. Encompassing a wide range of styles, including eccentric original compositions and covers of songs by Talking Heads, Sparks, Lynn Anderson, Slim Harpo and Mission of Burma. Produced by non-legendary impresario Irwin Chusid (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Lucia Pamela, and others). German import pressing.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Drum! December 18, 1999
Format:Audio CD
   A spectacular collection from the man who is arguably both the most prolific and least known great American songwriter of the 20th century. As usual, RSM plays all or most of the instruments on most of the tracks; as usual, the tracks range across the entire gamut of pop music from synth to blues to country to alternative to techno to power pop to several genres which have not yet been named, because they don't exist anywhere except on this album; NOT as usual, the tracks hang together and this does not seem at all like a random collection of terrific songs (which it kind of is-- the songs were recorded over a 25 year period (!))-- but like the Last Great Album of the 20th Century, which it also is, unless something amazing happens in the next few minutes. The Billboard review of this album (it was Billboard's "Critic's Choice" for the week of August 28th) invokes everybody from Harry Nilsson to Devo as clear influences on the various songs, which is fair enough; the fact is, RSM has assimilated all of his influences and has surpassed many of them as both an artist and a craftsman. The album kicks off with a cover of the Talking Heads' "Found A Job," recorded with a distorted, robo-voiced lead vocal and a lyric modified to include references to various Friends of Stevie; propelled along by the effortless virtuosity of the crack rhythm section (Stevie), this is one of those covers (like Detroit's version of the Velvet Underground's "Rock N Roll") where you find yourself saying "So THAT'S what it was supposed to sound like! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade Hard Power Pop at its Most Magnificent November 2, 1999
Format:Audio CD
We can all celebrate the fact that R. Stevie Moore remains healthy and crazy. Heart problems a couple of years ago didn't make a dent in his musicianship or in the eccentric spirit that has made him one of the true originals. A staple of the New York/New Jersey underground who became a one-man cottage industry when he started a home-tapng phenomenon eons ago, Moore has kept at it, churning out cassettes and LPs by the truckload. He was slow to embrace the digital era, finally breaking down in 1993 and releasing a CD compilation of recordings he'd made over the years. Now, under the guiding hand of music scholar and producer Irwin Chusid, Moore steps into the fore with yet another collection of lo-fi symphonies, including "Everyone, Bur Everyone," with its echoes of Harry Nilsson, Ben Folds, and Alex Chilton; the synth-spiced "Where We Are Right Now"; the Devo-esque "Academy Fight Song"; and the dreamy "Play Myself Some Music." Unsung by all save a small cult, Moore deserves a wider audience. Perhaps this fine release will help him find it. Contact:[...] ©Billboard Publications
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it. December 9, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This guy's created his own genre, he's so distinctive. This CD boggles the mind. I wasn't totally sure what to expect, had seen his name dropped for years. It's so much fun! The perfect kind of record to enjoy turning others onto. People! Get this NOW! Spread the word!There's simply nothing else like it.
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