ARTIST: Shudder to Think
TITLE: Funeral at the Movies
YEAR RELEASED: 1991
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Red House (their original version is here – they’d revisit it for a later B-side and an album)
LINEUP: Craig Wedren, Chris Matthews, Stuart Hill, Mike Russell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Another step forward for the odd arty Dischord band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After two full length albums, Shudder to Think goes the EP route with this release. It’s a sharper, clearer and more focused. You can hear Wedren really going for somewhat skewed melodies and the overdubbed harmonies that they’d later use to great effect. Wedren also is more confident of his high register and he lets loose once in a while.
There’s a noise experiment here on the second half of a song that kind of puts the whole thing down, but there’s some good material here (5 ½ songs worth) and it’s a good investment for those who like the kind of arty post-punk sound.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally, there was a version of “Crosstown Traffic” but it’s not streaming. Hmpf.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but it was combined on CD with Ten Spot.
GRADE: B+: Downgraded for the loss of a song and the noise on ½ of a song. Art, though.