R. Stevie Moore

Innuendoes (NUN2)

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One can only assume that R. Stevie Moore had been listening heavily to Hot Rats-era Frank Zappa when he wrote and recorded the 1973 album Innuendoes (which the wordplay-loving Moore usually refers to as "NUN2 -- N-U-N-dos," geddit?), a largely instrumental collection of long, expansive jams. Recorded in his buddy Billy Anderson's trailer in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, the nine lengthy tracks are powerful, occasionally jazz-tinged rockers (the opening "Meat Shortage" features a squealing free jazz clarinet solo by Roger Ferguson) that are more structured and focused than the aimless noodling of so many similar efforts. While the clear highlight is the appetizingly-named rocker "Look in the Toilet," here both in a fully fleshed-out version and Moore's original one-man-band demo, tracks like the piano/organ duet "Ham Boogy" and the easygoing shuffle "Moon August" are nearly as appealing. Innuendoes is more accessible than many releases from the era before Moore turned full-time to the creation of the engagingly quirky pop songs that made his name, and is a good starting point for fans of Moore's more commercial material who want to venture into his more experimental side.

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