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When R. Stevie Moore achieved underground notoriety in the 1970s, he was hailed as a do-it-yourself pioneer. DIY was a rogue subgenre of independent music in which artists assert maximum control over the creative process. Writing music and lyrics, playing all parts in overdubbed layers, engineering, mixing, mail room—Moore was a one-man music factory. Despite occasional collaborators and sidemen, he was too self-centric to be a team player. The outcome was (and remains) critical acclaim, but limited commercial splash. Not for lack of effort on the part of Mr. Moore.

His output slowed with age, but he continues recording because that's his raison d'etre. Afterlife consists of top-tier post-2000 recordings—eleven from 2010-2013. Some of the songs are four decades old; others were written relatively recently. The vintage songs were originally recorded at home in the 1970s and '80s, often on chronically malfunctioning open-reel decks with low-grade 1/4-inch tape. They were great tunes, transcending the lo-fi muck, and they begged to be revisited with state-of-the-art clarity. Afterlife is a survey of some of R. Stevie's best pop tunes, covering a lifetime of songwriting. From an audio standpoint, there might not be a better-recorded RSM collection, and every song is an idiosyncratic pop gem. For RSM, perhaps there's life after obscurity.

–I.C.

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released February 22, 2019

Album Produced by Irwin Chusid and R. Stevie Moore as early as 2014
Mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami
Artwork: Attic Party, by Robert Nicol/squaremelon.com
Art direction: Julie Chenciski

Engineers:
Roger Ferguson: Violetpop Studio, Goodlettsville TN (A1, A2, B1, B3, B5, B6)
Justin Collins: Satisfactory Recording, Denton TX (A4, A5)
Jason Falkner: Co-producer/remix, Rhetoric, Hollywood CA (A3)
RSM: Evelyn Place Tapes (A6, B2, B4)
Lane Steinberg: Forest Hills, NY (vocal choruses, acoustic guitar, A6)


Special thanks to Harry Palmer and Jeroen van der Schaaf

Dedicated to Roger Ferguson (1952-2017)

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R. STEVIE MOORE Nashville, Tennessee

#1 Veteran Progressive Popster, creativity unmatched! The Home Workshop Man. Content over style, always diverse never mediocre. Slays the competition. Thousands of choices. Sub-hipster. Get on it. Get over it^!

Albums listed in reverse chronology. (new archival and reissues notwithstanding)

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Track Name: Irony
stop, you're overdoing everything
just like your father did
and you, you never listen to me at all

irony
what are you doing to me?
why you always give me
irony what are you giving to me
how can i be free?

and when i'm a victim of circumstance
i try to reason why i lose
i never quite understand at all

irony
what are you doing to me?
why you always give me
irony what are you giving to me
how can i be free?

so if there's an explanation to this
it's so ironic 'cause i need
to figure out what i mean in all

irony
what are you doing to me?
why you always give me
irony what are you giving to me
how can i be free?

⌐1977 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Pop Music
if you see a change
yes, it's true
i'm a useful man
in these shoes
(down down down)

and you know by heart
pop music makes you smart
like me

when you see the wind
blow my way
i'm here tomorrow
not today

and you like the style
pop music makes you smile
at me

i was a little bit nauseous, see
i couldn't find sign of a cause, so
slowly my ears were curing me
easily listening pause

come onto my stage
play your head
you can call your friends
tell what i said

and you know by heart
pop music is the start.

⌐1974 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Come My Way
Someone said today
That you're gonna be coming my way
Don't know what to do
Except get ready to say
I miss you, I need you

Well, I know that it's wrong
That you been away so long
It's been lonely at night
Especially when I hear our song
I love you.

So come my way
If you wanna be by my side
Come my way

Well, I been told you care
And that you were leaving there
Well, I'll be waiting here
And I will say a prayer
To get you, to keep you

Well, if you're passing through
There's one thing I wish you would do
Tell me that you're mine
And I'll be loving you, loving you.

Come my way
If you wanna be by my side
Come my way

Tell me how you feel about me, girl
You're the prettiest girl in the world, I'd say
Let me hold you in my arms, a girl
She's the prettiest girl, oh yeah yeah yeah

Well, someone said today
That you're gonna be coming my way
Well, I hope that it's true
Cause I am ready to say I love you, I do

Come my way
If you wanna be by my side
Come my way
If you want to take a ride
Come my way
Come my way.

⌐1975 r.stevie moore
Track Name: The Winner
who is the man doing everything he can
the winner the winner
at the finish line first one every time
the winner the winner

he spends his life in a box
of ideas he can use
but every night you can find him alone
a loser

now he's won himself but he's getting nowhere else
the winner the winner
and he needs a friend cause it's getting near the end
the winner the winner

he sits at home with the toys
that he has to amuse
just hear his moans he's so sad who he is
a loser

the winner is a sinner
has a minnow for his dinner
the winner is a sinner
has a minnow for his dinner

who is this man doing everything he can
the winner
it happens every time
when he wins he knows he's lying
the winner the winner
a winner

⌐1975 r.stevie moore
Track Name: National Debate
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so

Didn't vote for you for a second term
Cost you the election
Didn't vote again for another term
Went with my intuition

You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're so rotten, don't you know

Bet my money on a bobtail nag
Somebody bet on the bae
Couldn't hope to find any fair resolve
Ran with my opinion

You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so
You're a rotten so and so

Didn't vote for you for a seventh term
Cost you the election
Didn't vote again for another term
Stuck with my selection

You're a virtuoso
You are going solo
You are playing solo
You're the virtuoso
You're a rotten so and so
You're so rotten, don't you know?

So think about it!
And act accordingly
Lead by example!

⌐ 2010 r.stevie moore
Track Name: What Do I Do With The Rest Of My Life
Tell me what do I do with the rest of my life?
Tell me how is it possible? How is it done?
Tell me how do I deal with this rust on my knife?
Tell me what do I do with the rest of my life?
Ahhhhhh...

Don't bore us,
Get to the chorus
Adore us,
But don't ignore us
Delores,
Are you a Taurus?
Wake Forest,
Pianosaurus.

What do I do with the rest of my life?

(⌐ r.stevie moore/lane steinberg 2004)
Track Name: Too Old (To Fall In Love)
if love is just a part of living
then love is clearly just a situation

i'm too old to fall in love with you
i'm getting too old to live with me
do it

is love among your friends
a roast beef sandwich

see my pistol
it is crystal clear
in the hallways
love is always near
do you listen
to my this and that
i'm too old to fall in love
again

⌐1978 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Take Back
Take me back
I really didn't wanna come here
I haven't found anyone nearly as
Nice as me, can you

Take me home
I really never meant to leave then
Someone was a-pullin' my sleeve when
I wasn't payin' attention, can you

Take me in
There's only one place to be now
Lying down on my bed to sleep
Now that I'm tired and bored, can't you

Take cover
It's dangerous being outsider
Nauseous from the car ride
Potholes and bumps in the road, can you

Flag a cab
Transport my ass to the shelter
Book me in a posh motel
Room 62, check in, take back

I really didn't wanna come here
I haven't met anyone nearly as
Smart as you, take back.

⌐2004 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Love Is The Way To My Heart
love, love is the way
what can i say?
love is the way to my heart
please, please understand
make me your man
love is the way and i say
sing a song but write it wrong
you can live with me

hey, hey do you feel
complex and real
love is appeal and i know
you, you help me see
what i can be
love is the way and i say
think a thought but learn what's taught
you can stay with me

love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
and i know it's time to start
you can play your part in love
way to my heart

love, love is the way
what can i say?
love is the way to my heart
please, please understand
make me your man
love is the way and i say
sing a song but write it wrong
you can live with me

you, you help me see
what i can be
love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
love is the way
love is the way to my heart

⌐1975 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Another Day Slips Away
New Sun . Get Up . Get Out . Go Hard
Hook Up . Get Down . Go Home
Sit Back . Eat Up . Tune In . Retire
Impress the memory foam

Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away
Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away

Again . Arise . Light Out . Look Sharp
Think Fast . Spend Save . and Earn
Give Up . Go Home . Make Out . Make Art
In spite of no return

Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away
Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away

Days rushing by, Moving at the speed of Light,
Like a dream, like a vapor
Winter Days, Summer Nights
Whirling Past much too Soon
Setting Suns, Rising Moons
Seasons Come Say Hello, Say goodbye people go
Say goodbye people go, Say goodbye people go

Another Sun . Take Off . Chill Out
Breathe In . Relax . Just Be
Get Right . Turn Left . Eat Out . Get Back
Enjoy the scenery

Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away
Sleep and eat, love, work and play
Another day slips away!

⌐2006 roger ferguson/r.stevie moore
Track Name: Here Comes Summer Again
laying by the poolside
baby's gettin' tan
lots of girls around here
layin' in the sand
i don't wanna ever see the day
summer is gone

drinking old milwaukee
ocean is so blue
listening to a.m.
and skywriting too
i don't wanna ever see the day
that summer is gone

(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
it's here

riding over highways
in my friend's g.t.
good experiences
cruising by the sea
i don't wanna ever see the day
that summer is gone

(y'know i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
it's here

laying by the poolside
baby's gettin' tan
lots of girls around here
layin' in the sand
i don't wanna ever see the day
summer is gone
i don't wanna ever see the day
summer is gone

(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
here comes summer
(i dig the summertime)
here comes summer again
it's here!

⌐1977 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Hurry Up
Hurry up
Why you take so long?
You think I got all day?
Let's go!
Move it!

Hurry up
Why you take so long?
You think I got all day?
Let's go!
Move it!

Twiddling my thumbs
Glancing at my watch
Pacing down the hall
Careful not to fall
HURRY UP!

You think I got all day?

Turtle pace
Snail's race
Turtle race
Snail's pace

Twiddlin' my thumbs
Glancin' at my watch
Pacin' down the hall
Careful not to fall

Wrinkle face
In outer space
Hurry up.

⌐2010 r.stevie moore
Track Name: You Don't Have To Worry About My Love
you might ask where you are
you're with me
you've endured me so far
i'm with you
i won't have to know
til it's time to go
you don't have to worry about my love

i might give you a clue
some secret
i could whisper to you
some wisdom
i don't have to tell
wait for it to gel
cause you don't have to worry about my love

i want you to stay inside me
lay beside me
let us get some rest

i think you are good
living like you should
you don't have to worry about murray frank
you don't have to worry about my love

⌐1978 r.stevie moore
Track Name: Back In Time
there's such a feeling in my room
it's like i'm in another calendar year

the future seems dreadful
it's obvious to all
the times have changed no more
we are certain to fall

the future seems worthless
society to blame
the price is out of reach
american con-game

there's such a pattern of thought here
it's like i'm just another rock 'n roll fool

i want to go back in time
i want to go back in time

the future seems dismal
for us in mid-thirties
the general opinion
never escapes gerdes

there's such a feeling in my room
it's like i'm in another part of the crowd

the future r.stevie
may well give up the fight
i want to go back in time
i want to go back in time

the future seems dreadful
it's obvious to me
the times have changed no moore
we can certainly see

there's such a lack of emotion
it's like i'm justanotherrock'nrollfool

the future seems dreadful

⌐1986 r.stevie moore

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