NEM#15. Craig Wedren’s Non-Linear Clarity

Craig WedrenCraig 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.

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