R. Stevie Moore

Phlegm Soundtrack

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Aside from his talents at writing tuneful three-minute pop songs, R. Stevie Moore has always had a fascination with extended instrumental compositions as well. He does, after all, count Frank Zappa's early albums with the Mothers of Invention as one of his defining teenage influences. Released in 1995, Phlegm Soundtrack is one of Moore's periodic dives into the instrumental side of rock & roll. This type of extended, multi-part composition is pretty much exactly the sort of thing that used to be called progressive rock, but Moore lacks the tiresome humorlessness of the likes of Rick Wakeman (one of the album's most memorable tracks is called "Who'd He End the Blowjobs For?") and is a much more genuinely experimental composer than the middlebrow likes of Keith Emerson, as the synth-noise assaults of the nearly 18-minute "Cease All Relationships" show. The extended two-CD version of the album includes a few alternate takes, including a different, longer jam on Traffic's "Paper Sun," a song that also appears in an amusing a cappella version in which Moore and wife Krystyna Olsiewicz declaim the hippie-era lyrics in mock-Shakespearian cadence and plumy faux-British accents.

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