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Shudder to Think is a band I came across looking for more The Cardigans stuff to feed my addiction. Their soundtrack for First Love, Last Rites features Appalachian Lullaby, sung by Nina Persson. That's not surprising, because Shudder to Think is Nathan Larson's band, and they are newlyweds these days.

Their website, www.shuddertothink.com, reveals little, except their mission statement:

There's a diner on Second Avenue that serves the best soup in New York City. The radio is always tuned to an oldies station that does not exist outside of its kitchen. Every song is perfect, utterly transporting; simultaneously fresh and timeless, fleeting yet somehow permanent. The feeling is not unlike self-discovery, where what is revealed is something you feel you've known all along, a million-dollar word forever on the tip of your tongue. It is the feeling of springtime, and of limitless possibility; of flesh, and of love. That is the feeling we wanted to evoke with this recording. It embodies the frozen-in-(summer)time love story of Sissel and Joey, the film's two main characters. The songs comprise Sissel's singles collection, which she plays throughout the movie on her plastic turntable, in the couple's stilted, one-room house on the bayou. They are seventeen, and this is their music. It is also our music, to which some friends lent their voices, and so it is their music as well. Hopefully it'll be yours soon, too.

They started playing in 1986, and they've been described as punk rock or unclassifiable (Appalachian Lullaby falls into the later); so far they have released Ten Spot (1990), Funeral At The Movies (1991), Get Your Goat (1992), Pony Express Record (1994), 50,000 B.C. (1997) and they have been featured in the mentioned First Love Last Rites and High Art soundtracks.

Shudder to Think is formed by Nathan Larson (guitar), Stuart Hill (bass guitar), Craig Vedren (voice, guitar). They lost their drummer, A. Wade, to cancer; which put them on temporary hold, but they seem to be back and kickin'.


Hey, someone who has listened to those guys, write a decent node. It will make a certain cow happy.

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