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Coming out at a time when every punk band outside of the post hardcore world seemed to be trying to sound as much like DRI, Siege, the Bad Brains or (god forbid) hair metal, it's easy to see how this one was seemingly swept under the rug. In fact, I ordered this one over ebay for about the cost of a month's utilities a few years after it went out of print, having already digested everything from "Ten-Spot" to "50,000 BC" and was not hard pressed to see why. Compared to all the crossover-grind-suicidal-death bands, especially production-wise, Shudder to Think sounded like glam. And Craig's 'cat being strangled' overdubs coupled with room-miked guitar and budget production values didn't help much either. However, this release would reward the open-minded listener with jangly thrash ("Floating"), anthemic pop-punk ("Abysmal Yellow Popcorn wall", "Touch"), epic post-hardcore ("Luv You Too"), each of which bore witness to their core sound: Roxy Punk... while yet tempting the adventurous, by hinting towards the greatness to come which would eventually culminate in the landmark "Pony Express Record"... and pleasing the palate (of those with decent sound reproduction gear) with a sound color, the hue and tone of which, had never been heard in their previous demo's and singles, and would never be heard again. In conclusion, their rawest work in both form and execution: definitely for the fan, but also a must listen for the post-hardcore comletist. Or at least anyone interested in who sounded as cool as Fugazi or Slint, while everyone else was interested either in beating Slayer or outlipsticking Poison, imho.


Formed: 1986 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Shudder to Think's hardcore punk background (courtesy of their affiliation with the D.C.-based label Dischord Records, also the home of Fugazi) doesn't give the best indication of their sound, since the group embraced pop influences and a skewed sense of songwriting as well. Formed in 1986, the band's initial lineup -- vocalist/guitarist Craig Wedren, guitarist Chris Matthews, bassist Stuart Hill, and drummer Mike Russell -- released two singles and one 1989 album (Curse, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses)...
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