Shudder to Think - Ten Spot / Funeral at the Movies (Cover Artwork)

Shudder to Think

Shudder to Think: Ten Spot / Funeral at the MoviesTen Spot / Funeral at the Movies (1990)
Dischord Records

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Most people have not heard of Shudder to Think, which is a damn shame, because they were (are?) one of the most interesting bands to grace not only the Dischord label, but the classification of Post-Hardcore itself. My first introduction to the band was through Todd Haynes' brilliant film Velvet.
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Most people have not heard of Shudder to Think, which is a damn shame, because they were (are?) one of the most interesting bands to grace not only the Dischord label, but the classification of Post-Hardcore itself.

My first introduction to the band was through Todd Haynes' brilliant film Velvet Goldmine, in which they provided two tracks to the film's impeccable soundtrack. After listening to the two tracks they provided on repeat for a good month I finally decided to look into their other works, and was surprised to say the least when I heard their other work. What once was a band I had known for crafting two of the best homages to glam rock I had ever heard was actually a band on the Dischord roster, making it even better was the idea that them and another great late '80s Dischord band were signed around the same time (Nation of Ulysses). Excitement does not even begin to describe the elation I felt upon playing Ten Spot/Funeral at the Movies. I was immediately blown away from the sound I was hearing. It was some of the most masterfully crafted post-hardcore I'd heard; mixing the more melodic sides of bands like Moss Icon and Slint's debut Tweez with power pop sensibilities. The result is post-hardcore light, but without sacrificing the perfect lyricism that accompanied just about any major late '80s, early '90s release.

While their later records such as Pony Express Record and 50,000 B.C. lost the post-hardcore edge and fury of the two works i write about now, they are still viable points of interest in a criminally underrated band. I cannot recommend listening to these works any more than I hope I already have; my words to cannot do justice to an album as personally important to me as this one.


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jason00454 (April 13, 2013)

It's great to see this release talked about... i feel it's where Shudder To Think started to create something truly special. Funeral At The Movies is a step up from Ten Spot, with some really great songs, but Ten Spot has some great moments too. An album that needs to be mentioned is Get Your Goat... the album that came after Funeral At The Movies. Get Your Goat just might be the greatest Shudder To Think album. For me it's only rival would be Pony Express Record. Both are amazing albums... and albums of a great band at their best. I'm saying this after having listened to all of Shudder To Thinks work for almost 20 years now. So, If you like Funeral At The Movies I hope you spend some time with Get Your Goat. I love both albums, but the latter is like a sharpened and perfected version of that original lineup. Essential album in my book.

davebrave4 (July 8, 2012)

Thanks Echoes!

hobbzoid (July 5, 2012)

I love this band at this point in their history. Great to see it reviewed here.

EchosMyron (July 4, 2012)
davebrave4 (July 4, 2012)

Where can I find the new Evens songs?

stephenpercent (July 3, 2012)

While in their own right bands like Shudder to Think or Lungfish are underrated, I still think they get a lot of love from music dorks / punk aficionados. There are, however, some truly fantastic records that Dischord put out that people only seem to talk about if they, like, are way into "Dischord music" whatever.

Three essential records I would recommend would The Warmers "S/t", Branch Manager "Anything Tribal" and Smart Went Crazy "Con Art". Bands like Slant 6, Trusty, High Back Chairs are also really important to me but I think those 3 albums I just listed are pretty unique and inspiring.

DrGunn (July 3, 2012)

pony express record blows this out of the water. it practically sounds like a different band (which makes sense since they replaced half the members before they made that album).

funeral at the movies is solid, just kind of uneven. there are some great moments, especially red house and the title track, but god that crosstown traffic cover was a bad idea. ten spot is just kind of a snore; you could tell they were still getting their shit together. they eventually got great, but it took them a few releases to really nail down their sound.

as far as most under-rated dischord release goes, my vote goes to artificial horizon by lungfish or con art by smart went crazy.

bastard_squad (July 3, 2012)

This is great.

Speaking of underrated Dischord records, Trusty's 'Goodbye Dr Fate' is up there.

Russe11 (July 3, 2012)

speaking of the evens, those two new songs they released this year might be the best two songs they've ever written. so pumped for a new album from them!

EchosMyron (July 3, 2012)

Top 5 underrated Dischord releases:

5. French Toast - In a Cave
4. Title Tracks - It Was Easy
3. Smart Went Crazy - Con Art
2. The Evens - Get Evens
1. Gray Matter - Thog

I almost want to put something by Lungfish on there, but all their albums sound the same, so I have to dock points.

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