History Music / TenThousandManiacs

8th Apr '16 8:37:54 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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An AlternativeRock band from the Hudson Valley in New York state, 10,000 Maniacs (a reference to the '60s horror film ''Film/TwoThousandManiacs'') began life as the cover band "Still Life", whose line-up included guitarist Rob Buck, keyboardist Dennis Drew and bassist Steve Gustafson, all of whom would go on to become life-long 'Maniacs' (Buck died in 1999). After a series of line-up changes, the newly-christened "10,000 Maniacs" played their debut gig on Labor Day, 1981, fronted by a 17 year-old Natalie Merchant. After a year of exhaustive gigging, a debut EP ''Human Conflict Number Five'', and various changes of drummer, 1983 saw the arrival of now-longstanding member Jerry Augustyniak, followed by the group's debut album ''The Secrets of the I Ching'', released on the Maniacs' own label, Christian Burial Music.

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An AlternativeRock band from the Hudson Valley in New York state, 10,000 Maniacs (a reference to the '60s horror film ''Film/TwoThousandManiacs'') began life as the cover band "Still Life", whose line-up included guitarist Rob Buck, keyboardist Dennis Drew and bassist Steve Gustafson, all of whom would go on to become life-long 'Maniacs' (Buck died in 1999). After a series of line-up changes, the newly-christened "10,000 Maniacs" played their debut gig on Labor Day, 1981, fronted by a 17 year-old 17-year-old Natalie Merchant. After a year of exhaustive gigging, a debut EP ''Human Conflict Number Five'', and various changes of drummer, 1983 saw the arrival of now-longstanding member Jerry Augustyniak, followed by the group's debut album ''The Secrets of the I Ching'', released on the Maniacs' own label, Christian Burial Music.
31st Jan '16 1:08:10 PM MarkLungo
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As with any burgeoning Alt. Rock group in the Eighties, touring became a way of life for the group until Elektra Records signed them in late '84, with their sophomore release ''The Wishing Chair'' following in the fall of '85. Shortly thereafter, John Lombardo, the band's rhythm guitarist and co-prinipical songwriter (alongside Merchant), quit the band, which in some ways proved a blessing in disguise when the group's third LP, ''In My Tribe'', charted at #37 in the US and went double platinum, vastly outselling their previous releases. Their next three albums met with similar success, peaking in 1993 with an MTV Unplugged live release, whereupon Merchant publicly announced her decision to go solo.

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As with any burgeoning Alt. Rock group in the Eighties, touring became a way of life for the group until Elektra Records Creator/ElektraRecords signed them in late '84, with their sophomore release ''The Wishing Chair'' following in the fall of '85. Shortly thereafter, John Lombardo, the band's rhythm guitarist and co-prinipical songwriter (alongside Merchant), quit the band, which in some ways proved a blessing in disguise when the group's third LP, ''In My Tribe'', charted at #37 in the US and went double platinum, vastly outselling their previous releases. Their next three albums met with similar success, peaking in 1993 with an MTV Unplugged live release, whereupon Merchant publicly announced her decision to go solo.



Well who do, who do, who do you wanna blame?"

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Well who do, who do, who do you wanna blame?"blame?"
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16th Jun '15 5:44:27 PM DavidDelony
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As with any burgeoning Alt. Rock group in the Eighties, touring became a way of life for the group until Elektra Records signed them in late '84, with their sophomore release ''The Wishing Chair'' following in the fall of '85. Shortly thereafter, John Lombardo, the band's rhythm guitarist and co-prinipical songwriter (alongside Merchant), quit the band, which in some ways proved a blessing in disguise when the group's third LP ''In My Tribe'', charted at #37 in the US and went double platinum, vastly outselling their previous releases. Their next three albums met with similar success, peaking in 1993 with an MTV Unplugged live release, whereupon Merchant publicly announced her decision to go solo.

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As with any burgeoning Alt. Rock group in the Eighties, touring became a way of life for the group until Elektra Records signed them in late '84, with their sophomore release ''The Wishing Chair'' following in the fall of '85. Shortly thereafter, John Lombardo, the band's rhythm guitarist and co-prinipical songwriter (alongside Merchant), quit the band, which in some ways proved a blessing in disguise when the group's third LP LP, ''In My Tribe'', charted at #37 in the US and went double platinum, vastly outselling their previous releases. Their next three albums met with similar success, peaking in 1993 with an MTV Unplugged live release, whereupon Merchant publicly announced her decision to go solo.
1st Jun '15 5:05:43 PM DavidDelony
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* CanonDiscontinuity: The band's cover of Music/CatStevens' "Peace Train" was removed from later pressings of ''In My Tribe'' after rumors spread that he supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie (which proved to be false).

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* CanonDiscontinuity: The band's cover of Music/CatStevens' "Peace Train" was removed from later U.S. CD pressings of ''In My Tribe'' after rumors spread that he supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie (which proved to be false).
30th May '15 2:02:33 PM DavidDelony
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* LighterAndSofter: [[LyricalDissonance At least musically]]. The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time. They crossed over into the adult contemporary charts and the songs from the Merchant era remain staples of adult alternative radio.

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* LighterAndSofter: [[LyricalDissonance At least musically]]. The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time. They crossed over into the adult contemporary charts and the songs from the Merchant era remain staples of adult alternative radio. [[TropesAreTools They still had a lot of artistic credibility]].
30th May '15 2:01:10 PM DavidDelony
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* LighterAndSofter: The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time. They crossed over into the adult contemporary charts and the songs from the Merchant era remain staples of adult alternative radio.

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* LighterAndSofter: [[LyricalDissonance At least musically]]. The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time. They crossed over into the adult contemporary charts and the songs from the Merchant era remain staples of adult alternative radio.
30th May '15 1:48:10 PM DavidDelony
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* TransAtlanticEquivalent: To Music/TheSmiths. Both bands had a melodic jangle-pop sound and lead singers who were outspoken animal rights activists.
30th May '15 1:33:31 PM DavidDelony
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* LighterAndSofter: The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time.

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* LighterAndSofter: The band had a softer, more melodic style that was basically folk rock updated for TheEighties, compared to the edgier alternative bands of the time. They crossed over into the adult contemporary charts and the songs from the Merchant era remain staples of adult alternative radio.
13th Nov '14 4:30:38 AM 06tele
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* AbusiveParents: "What's The Matter Here?", although since all the singer ever sees is a parent ''threatening'' to hit a kid, and she never actually intervenes to find out what's actually going on, the song is also a BrokenAesop.

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* AbusiveParents: "What's The Matter Here?", although since all the singer ever sees is a parent ''threatening'' to hit a kid, and she never actually intervenes bothers to find out what's actually going on, the song is also a BrokenAesop.
18th Sep '14 1:01:18 PM DavidDelony
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* GranolaGirl: Natalie Merchant.

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* GranolaGirl: GranolaGirl[=/=]SoapboxSadie: Natalie Merchant.
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