R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson

R. Stevie Moore

Some of his fans are rabid in their quest for every uttered morsel he has plopped onto magnetic tape. Radio dial surfers have been mystified when stumbling onto some of his more wacked-out cuts aired on adventurous college stations. Then there are those who harbor a fuzzy recognition of his literary-sounding moniker from dog-eared reviews or yellowing blurbs in the press. During his thirty-plus years of unleashing his sounds upon the world, R. Stevie Moore has lurked and hulked in far-flung corners of mythical, musical godhead.

We are not here to dispel any well-honed lore of this revered cult legend. Might we attempt to "figure out" the sometimes strange, other-time classic work of R. Stevie Moore? Can we hope to uncover just what it is that makes the man tick? Balderdash! Here is a task this writer would not wish upon his lowliest of chump chums. Just what is it we are doing then? We are attempting to shine a ray of light into the inner sanctum of the enigmatic Mr. Moore. We hope to get a sense of from whence he came and to get to know him just a little better. To know Stevie is to . . . well, love him. Yours truly does, anyhow. Hopefully, after digging into this package, you will too . . . if'n you don't already, that is.

Gary Wilson

The enigmatic Gary Wilson emerged from New York's DIY movement with 1977's proto-New Wave masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, an extraordinary record which has been known to suck unprepared new listeners in like a drug and never let go. Shortly after its limited release its creator simply vanished.

In the 25-year wake before he was found again, Gary's small-town opus had spread by word-of-mouth and indie radio to inspire a whole new generation of musicians and producers with his bizarre songs and personal musical vision. His cult following includes (not only you and all your friends, but) Beck, who shouts him out in "Where It's At (Two Turntables And A Microphone)", The Roots' ?uestlove, Simpsons creator Matt Goening, and of course, Stones Throws Peanut Butter Wolf (who championed his own Stones Throw release, the infectious spacial-funk that is the 'Mary Had Brown Hair' album).

The re-release You Think You Really Know Me in 2002 won him accolades in The New York Times and culminated in select sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles. Gary Wilson has continued making music in the years following his "disappearance." His music continues to chronicle his obsessions and angst that his followers would expect from him. His songs have been compared to everything from Prince to Talking Heads bursting with electro-funk, synth rock, lounge, soul, and avant-garde jazz.

A longtime in the making, the incredible documentary, "You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story" - the new DVD/CD released from Plexifilm in '08 is well worth the wait and deserves shelve space next to your copies of 'The Last Waltz', 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston', and 'We Jam Econo'.


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