Craig is into Buddhism and surrealism, and led Shudder to Think from 1986 to 1998, and has since had a solo career and done soundtrack work, often for members of the comedy team The State like childhood friend David Wain.
Shudder to Think was a band that started as part of Washington DC's "hardcore" scene, but challenged musical conventions to try to achieve U2-level success with Captain-Beefheart-level weirdness (they failed). We discuss their song "Pebbles" from Get Your Goat (1992), then go post-Shudder to "Show Down" by Craig's short-lived attempt at a pop-dance band, since released as Craig Wedren & Baby. Then we talk about working on assignment and his experience with "I Am the Wolf, You Are the Moon" (co-written by Isaac Carpenter), which appeared on 2015's Netflix (David Wain/Michael Showalter) series Wet, Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. We conclude by listening to "Heaven Sent" from the Craig Wedren album Wand (2011).
The opening music is Shudder to Think's "X-French Tee Shirt" from Pony Express Record (1994) and the closing music is the theme from the MTV show The State featuring samples of The Nation of Ulysses.
Learn more about Craig at craigwedren.com.
And here's a progress update on this here spin-off podcast about songs and songwriting: I've interviewed a bunch of smart people, exploring their philosophies of creativity and life: Do you work meticulously like Gareth Mitchell or seize the moment like Narada Michael Walden? Do you retreat from the world like Jonathan Donahue or get out everywhere like Gary Lucas? Do you (reflectively) play the fame game like Nick Eede or eschew it like Steve Petrinko? Do you focus on inspiring others like Beth Kille or working with those that inspire you like John Philip Shenale? Do you take sole ownership of your career like Jeff Heiskell or become director of a creative commune like Roderick Romero? Do you redirect when things get boring like Kevin Godley or keep your needs simple and consistent like Fritz Beer? Do you allow yourself to get suckered into meeting the rest of the PEL guys like Tim Quirk, or do you share your bassist and backup singer with Mark like Bob Manor? All perennial philosophical questions!