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Shudder To Think formed in 1986 and were a part of a wave of younger punk bands making music that was inspired by, but also independent from, the current Dischord scene. The band soon developed its own following and released a single and an album on Sammich Records. Before long their shows began to showcase the power of their playing and their weird melange of punk, glam, and theater. Ian and ... Read more in Amazon's Shudder To Think Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: 5550835118
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david.bennison@artesiaservices.be on 21 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've got Funeral At The Movies and Ten Spot on vinyl....this seems to be a compilation of the two from the track listing. My opinions are that Ten Spot is one of the greatest LPs I have...I hated it initially, got into it and now adore everything on it. I saw them a lot around the late 80s and early 90s and I've listened to their more recent releases...they've lost a lot in power and dynamics which they used to have while on Dischord. For me, this represents their pinnacle and Get Your Goat was their last great album, although apparently the stuff since 1992 is still critically acclaimed, but it's not what I first loved about their sound. Check out the utterly astounding guitar solo three-quarters through About Three Dreams (I think!), the yearning 'Yes', Jade Dust Eyes, Speak, Summertime Train...it's all fantastic. It's not like their later operatic semi-Jeff/Tim Buckley art warble noodlings...but it's still all gloriously camp!
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Format: Audio CD
Shudder to think; one of America's least well known and most deserving rock bands. This album represents the band at the peak of their powers, when they were writing powerful rock songs of the highest quality. The powerful, rocking, opening track serves as a statements of intent as this all-American outfit launch into powerchord laden extravagence. Their agressive treatment of Hendrix's "Crosstown traffic" belies their own extraordinary songwriting abilities. The following track, "Red house" is a classic of breathtaking power, and without a doubt the highlight of the album.
Shudder to think remain a relatively obscure band, with little success in Britain, but in my opinion they rank up there with rock giants such as the Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
So good it'll make you "shudder" - Hahaha! (Ahem.) 10 Feb. 2000
By Allan Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Shudder To Think are impossible to categorize. At first listen they may seem difficult, but several listens later and you're utterly hooked. Their sound is punk rock, but warped and twisted into such beautifully unique shapes that the music is thoroughly redefined as their own. Upon early listens, the opening "Chocolate" might seem ferocious, even intimidating, but persevere and it reveals itself to be one of the catchiest songs alive. The same could be said for the gorgeous "Lies About The Sky", which, with its delicious guitar refrain and flowery melody (and, of course, Craig Wedren's thoroughly individual vocal talents) is impossible to ignore. It's not an immediate record, but one that with a little effort, becomes more and more rewarding. The mark of a truly wonderful album, and a reinvention of guitar-based rock to boot.
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At last, something original 6 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to place your hands on such great albums these days, specially when you live in Spain. I heard from Shudder to think at a local TV show, it was their song 'X-French T-Shirt' from the 'Pony express record' album and I couldn't get it out of my head in the next two weeks. I bought the album right away and then this one, where I really discovered the band. Here you can find fresh, really impacting songs, for those who are a little tired of easy-listening. Shudder to think is that kind of band you need to hear over and over to really understand what they mean, but, be careful, cause once you start, it's very hard to leave it. Only one more thing, I wish they had more presence here in Spain cause those who have listened to them have loved it. Songs like Chocolate or Red House would easily go straight into mankind's memory but, hey! maybe that would spoil the charm of it all, maybe it's a band for a few (I don't care, who needs the masses?).
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One of the Best Early 90's DC Indie-Rock Albums 14 Sept. 2003
By "dwshill2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was the summer before my Senior year in high school (1991) when a friend played me the record FUNERAL AT THE MOVIES EP, and it quickly became the soundtrack for the next year. Nirvana were just hitting the mainstream, and several forgetful West Coast bands were imitating the grunge style, in effect causing the sound to become redundant and tired. Shudder to Think, therefore, provided a very welcome power-pop alternative, with a Zeppelinesque blend of in-your-face rock n' roll and whimsical melody and vocals. Dischord had already combined the EP with the 1990 LP TEN-SPOT,for the CD release, which was what I bought. The two records, similar in production and attitude, are certainly complementary - this is worth your money. Although many will disagree, I never particularly liked any of the band's earlier releases (too raw) or the major-label records which followed the Dischord record which followed this one: GET YOUR GOAT (1992) (the Sony stuff is too polished and soulless).
best introduction to the group 19 July 2013
By Dave Rebus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are three basic phases to Shudder to Think, roughly corresponding to Wedren's hair; there is the pre-Dischord, 80's, punk-rock Shudder complete with raw production values, political lyrics, and bombastic instrumental performance (including fast drumming and proto-screamo antics). Then there is the Dischord, early-90's period, still the same 4 guys, but with softer, less metal vocals by Craig, vastly improved production values (the drums sound like they were recorded in a studio), and quite evolved songwriting, albeit still with a kind of 'core-ish texture to the whole thing. Finally, we have the band settling into its major label timeframe, beginning with one of the most advanced rock records to ever be performed/recorded, and culminating with some beautiful, atmospheric movie soundtracking.

This particular release packs their first two Dischord releases into one, effectively serving as an introductory anthology to the group. Funeral at the Movies in particular, showcases Craig's surpassing brilliance as a singer-songwriter, backed by ferocious dual-tracked guitar and driving rhythmic syncopation evident from note one of the lead track 'Chocolate', while Ten Spot provides the light-years of evolution from (while yet nodding solidly towards) the group's DC hardcore roots inherent in their sound.

If there were only room for one Shudder disc on one's collection, this would be it. The older stuff requires hi-fidelity hardware to hear what the band/producer were thinking properly, anything past 1992 (except for maybe the major-label-standard-sounding 50,000 BC) will sail clearly over the head and past the ears of nearly anyone who tries. Here is a band who, ironically, got less accessible (and more brilliant) as they signed to the big-leagues. This cd effectively showcases Shudder in their prime, well into their sound, yet still quite comprehensible to the newbie.
Brings Me Back to High School 7 Dec. 2000
By bmac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was such a prize around the time I graduated in '91. I've been listening to them since the late '80's. These guys have been around for quite a while, but have pretty much stayed out of the mainstream by choice. I got into them around the time I got into Fugazi(another Dischord band I thoroughly enjoy). These guys are pleasantly rough around the edges, but still manage to be melodic when appropriate. "Speak" has got to be one of the most memorable and incredibly catchy songs for me. Ten years later it still pops into my head. Their version of "Crosstown Traffic" (Hendrix) is a worthy attempt, and holds their signature sound. Bottom line, you get two albums for the price of one, how can you go wrong?
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