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Shudder to Think was an American group. Formed in 1986, they released three albums on the Washington, D.C. Dischord Records label and have been labelled a post-hardcore band, but actually draw upon a wide range of stylistic influences, including . Their music is characterized by a complex mix of these stylistic influences, as well as by technical precision and melodic virtousity.

The band’s first lineup was Craig Wedren (vocals and guitar), Chris Matthews (guitar), Stuart Hill (bass) and Mike Russell (drums). In this incarnation, the band released two singles and one album (Curse, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses, 1989) before being signed by the Dischord label. Three albums were then released (Ten-Spot, 1990, Funeral at the Movies, 1991, and Get Your Goat, 1992), before the band gained greater exposure by touring with Fugazi and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Nathan Larson (guitars) and drummer Adam Wade replaced Matthews and Russell in 1994, immediately prior to a major-label contract with Epic with whom Pony Express Record was released in 1994. The album’s angular, mathematical post-modernism earned it an intense cult-like following, marking the record as one of the most original punk albums to ever be released on a major label.

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  • NihilisticRobot

    Yeah. The 'glam-rock' tag comes mostly from their contribution to the 'Velvet Goldmine' soundtrack. Anyone who really listens to them probably understands that they are 'Post-Hardcore' and that 'Pony Express Record' was their magnum-opus.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • helterskater

    Glam rock? wtf

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Cozfunkel

    yeah!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • look-a-ghost

    You guys got your wish, post-hardcore is now one of the top tags. Haha

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • typodactyl

    @Phlunked They could be alt-rock, but are more specifically post-hc. They descended from DC punk and were on Dischord Records. Alt-rock is a much bigger umbrella. At the very least, they are definitely not glam and I'm not sure why they were tagged Japanese, ska, jazz, or cabaret. Other smaller bands with the same name?

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • IanCat87

    In any case, I'm glad I finally got around to listening to them. I checked out Curses first. Such a rockin' debut. I'm making my way to Pony Express Record. Very pumped.

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • Cozfunkel

    I have no idea

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • IanCat87

    Yeah really. Why the fuck are they tagged as glam?

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • Cozfunkel

    Yeah for sure

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • ChriSThaaRippeR

    More people should tagged them as post-hardcore

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Cozfunkel

    My favourite Glam Band next to Gary Glitter

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • tafka2112

    definitely pony express.

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • skylerlol

    Pony Express

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • J-Visual

    what is their best album? i heard some songs that i liked, what album should i start with?

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • stitchlip

    I saw this band play a show in1990 to about 15 people in denton texas it was awesome !

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Paettel

    One Track is missing...Let it ring from the Dischord Benefit Sampler "State of the Union" Great Song!

    9 Oct 2010 Reply
  • throbbingorgan

    Kind of amazing.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • venenumest

    I prefer the former. [2]

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • susanmab

    oh geez, one of my favorite memories of my formative years was gathering up the courage to tell Craig hey nice set. It was my 16th birthday down at the old dc space and I was as shy as could be. it's been so nice to see how they developed through the years.

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • StDionysus

    Thanks for the info, Craig.

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
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