1983's FM FM (the title stands for Frequently Modern Frequency Modulation) is a quirky collection centered around Moore's participation at the legendary free-form, listener-supported radio station WFMU. Not a collection of WFMU broadcasts, FM FM is more like a bunch of pieces that capture the anarchic spirit of a WFMU broadcast, as in one stretch early on the first disc that moves from a found-sound tape manipulation that turns into a top-of-the-hour legal ID, into "MHz," a fake spinning of the broadcast dial that leads into a guest shot by fellow deejay Irwin Chusid in full-on sleazy rock-radio-dude-voice proclaiming that he was just handed a giant bag of cocaine in exchange for playing Moore's own college radio hit "Bloody Knuckles," which Moore then performs in a totally over-the-top country twang accompanied only by his deliberately ropey acoustic guitar. The rest of the two-disc set continues in that casually feckless vein, throwing in oddities like snippets of songs by Ford Theatre (the late-'60s Boston psychedelic band led by Moore's uncle and patron, Harry Palmer), an appealingly shambolic live version of the classic "Compatibility Leaves," and the tongue-in-cheek Latin music parody "Lisbon Lesbian," among a handful of more familiar Moore tunes. FM FM is goofy, occasionally brilliant, fun.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason