everybody's talking 'bout the
new direction rock and roll is
heading and the debut albums
coming every day
i am very happy just to
know i'm taken care of when it
comes to satisfaction in the
records that i play
1980's coming, don't you
feel it are you smart enough to
take it and accept it as a
renaissance of change
are you keeping up with all the
fever and the pace of every
musical involvement today, i say

new wave
dick clark meets stanley kubrick
don kirshner don't you like
new wave
electric underground
that just wants to be loved, yeah

everybody labels it and
uses it to wipe their ass
they criticize the lack of
expertise it has to show
then again there are some folks who
listen to it every chance they
get just to escape from
all the barry manilows
david bowie started it and
roxy music strengthened it and
now the latest incarnation's
eno and devo
ten or twenty years from now
i hope r.stevie moore will be
included in the list of telling
music where to go

new wave
bill haley's great great grandson
listens to trouser press
new wave
electric avant garde that
just wants to be purchased, yeah

i'm the only one i know who
feels so much regard for
XTC and talking heads and
the ramones and robert fripp
i don't have the time for anything
but 10cc and residents and johnny rotten
and i can't forget cheap trick
anybody listening can
understand ambition but i'm
going just a little overboard
with this whole trip
how it means so much to me
how little it must mean to you
the future is depending on the hip (eat shit!)

new wave
what's wrong with robert stigwood
he should adore the trend
new wave
recorded suicide that
just wants to live

1978 r.stevie moore

as appears on
sample for approval
cmi 45rpm (b/w same)



Nov 1979
by Guy Ewald

It's hard to get a clear perspective on this single ... truly an odd introduction to this Memphis (sic) madman with two homemade LP's to his credit. "New Wave" is a witty and verbose ode to our fanatical crusade, sung by a true fan. R.S. takes all musical credit on this one (sans percussion), and it's eccentrically snappy. The concentric flip side, "Same," melds cyclical electroid riffs and power chording for some cerebral heavy-Meddle noodling. It's moody, catchy, and poppy --- Grain Belt pop for the vocal minority, and a potential underground novelty hit.

Jan 1980
by Kick

Smug underground jive. Anyone who can say Johnny Rotten and Cheap Trick in the same breath either has a warped sense of humor or is out to lunch.

May 1980
Green Circles : by Jim Green

A cute, lyrically inventive but not extraordinarily original novelty. R. Stevie sez: "New Wave/Bill Haley's great-great grandson listens to Trouser Press/New Wave/Electric Avant Garde that just wants to be purchased/yeah!" Not terribly strong, especially when compared to the intriguing flip: "Same" is a more original pop tune a la Squeeze doing Henry Badowski doing an American TV show theme (Rockford, maybe?). Reverse the sides and this might have been a winner. On red vinyl. (Classass Music Industries, 1954 N. Argyle Ave., Hollywood CA 90068.)

Rich LaBonte recollects:
Irwin let us do some little bits for his WFMU show on tape and we recorded 'Drums Along the Maple Wood' later when we lived in Hollywood and sent him a copy. (Irwin lived in Maplewood, NJ. That entire Moxie "release" was like 12 acetates in color Xerox sleeves.) Time passes. We either heard R. Stevie Moore on Irwin's shows or Irwin sent us R. Stevie Moore stuff, I don't remember which. Anyway we decided to ask Stevie if he might want a West Coast single on Moxie / CMI if we paid for it. We were trying to help Dave Gibson elevate Moxie and pick up legit acts and we figured we had something in common with Stevie as we were all working out of our living rooms. We went east to meet him and his manager and we signed paper. Stevie sent us his tape and we loved it and decided we should give it the best mastering possible so we took it to Gold Star in Hollywood (Phil Spector was in the house but we did not meet.) Then we took it to Dave and told his pressing plant guy that we wanted bright red vinyl and we released R. Stevie Moore's New Wave b/w Same on CMI Records. Got some very nice reviews from Trouser Press, Rodney played it on KROQ, etc. Time passes. Stevie and I got back in touch a couple of years ago and even jammed a little up in North Jersey with my pal Gordon Furlong. I've done some recent CD cover art for Stevie too. He's got about 300 CDs out, so he's always looking for cover art."