Episode 16

Published on:

25th Jul 2022

From First Love, Last Rites to Yellow Jackets (with a Wet Hot American Summer in Between): How Craig Wedren Soundtracked My Life w/ Craig Wedren

To celebrate 2 years of Soundtrack Your Life, we present to you a very special guest: Craig Wedren, the former Shudder to Think front man, and current TV/Film composer.

Craig fronted the highly influential rock band, Shudder to Think in the late 80s/early 90s before the band turned to soundtrack work. Shudder to Think soundtracked Jesse Peretz's 1997 film, First Love, Last Rites and 1998's Lisa Cholodenko's 1998 film, High Art. Craig continued to work the TV/Film space, creating music for films such as Wet Hot American Summer, School of Rock, and Role Models as well as TV shows like Reno 911, Don't Trust the B*tch in Apartment 23, Fresh Off the Boat, Shrill, New Amsterdam and Yellow Jackets.

Shudder to Think happened to be on the bill for Ryan's first concert and Ryan has followed Craig's career ever since. They chat about:

  • How Craig got a crash course in film scoring in college
  • How he continues to work with his crew from college
  • How the all-star vocal roster for First Love, Last Rites came about
  • Why he has a vocal coach credit for Anchorman
  • Returning to Wet Hot American Summer for Netflix
  • How Craig met collaborators: Theodore Shapiro, Jefferson Friedman, and Anna Warronker

For More Information about Craig Wedren:

Website: https://www.craigwedren.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/craigwedren

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/craigwedren

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About the Podcast

Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Nicole Barlow and Ryan Pak take a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, They discuss personal connections to the soundtrack, with a guest.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!