R. Stevie Moore

Sample for Approval

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On his fourth album of 1978, R. Stevie Moore goes into a more experimental and artsy direction than its immediate predecessor, the new wave power pop of Games and Groceries. The songs tend to be more electronic and angular, growing from the previous album's early synth-pop experiments "I Go Into Your Mind" and "Horizontal Hideaway." One of these, the purely electronic, dirge-like "Bloody Knuckles," became one of Moore's best-known tracks from this period, becoming a staple on several pioneering college radio stations, including northern New Jersey's own WFMU, where Moore had just begun working. (Both the faux-blues "Down at the Station" and the self-explanatory "WFMU Identifications" concern life in low-power college radio. The CD version of Sample for Approval includes the entirety of Moore's first in-studio radio session for the station as well.) Several other songs -- including the loping, chanted opener "Pretend for a Second That You Are Very Intelligent" and the doomy synth-based instrumental "Symphony for One Instrument in Four Movements" -- sound heavily influenced by the Residents, who Moore namechecks for the second time in six months on the scene-celebrating "New Wave." Other highlights include the woozy new wave psychedelia of "Technical Difficulties," a brief Fripp/Eno-like instrumental called "Society in General," and the charming power pop rocker "Teen Routines."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2 2:30
3 4:10
4 1:55
5 2:34
6 4:30
7 2:48
8 0:52
9 1:18
10 2:44
11 2:00
12 2:02
13 1:50
14 6:15
15 1:23
16 2:13
17 1:41
18 4:27
19 0:58
20 4:39
21 14:05
22 1:10
23 2:41
24 4:11
25 4:48
26 5:42
27 1:49
28 2:18
29 2:23
30 12:15
31 2:50
32 2:53
33 3:55
34 1:45
35 1:54
36 0:30
37 1:00
38 1:21
39 0:34
40 0:39
41 1:00
42 8:30
43 0:33
44 0:43
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