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10,000 Maniacs

About 10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after a 1960s low-budget horror film Two Thousand Maniacs) are a multi-platinum alternative folk-pop rock band formed in 1981 in Jamestown, NY when two high school friends joined a band (originally named Still Life) and then invited a local sixteen-year-old ‘timid hippie girl’ (Natalie Merchant) to jam with them at a party. Within a few years, the band was packing hipster clubs like the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia and Electra Records signed them.

Their first album, written mainly by founding member John Lombardo failed to make an impact. But their second album In My Tribe, written by the remaining members, was their first to have mainstream success. Its two minor hits “What’s The Matter Here?” and “Like The Weather” eventually pushed the album to double platinum.

The follow-up album Blind Man’s Zoo initally made an bigger impact than its predecesor in the US, reaching #13 on the albums chart and achieving platinum status, with its lead single “Trouble Me” almost making the top 40 (also the band’s first UK hit), but it was later called “a critical and financial disappointment” by Rolling Stone with member Steve Gustafson saying:

Blind Man’s Zoo didn’t really reach expected sales and it really felt like – I don’t know if albatross is the right word – but it just really felt like something that wasn’t really quite what we wanted to do. I feel like we just missed it … It was a very sad time. Most people around us thought that that was it, that it was over and we were never gonna make another record."

However, after a year-long break, the band came back with 1992’s Our Time In Eden, which would repeat the success of their second album going double platinum with two minor hits “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants” reaching #66 and #67 in the US.

Their next effort was MTV Unplugged which spawned the band’s first huge hit, a cover of Patti Smith’s “Because The Night”, pushing the album to 3x platinum. However, Merchant had announced her departure to begin a solo career a few months prior to the album’s release. Founding member John Lombardo returned, bringing vocalist & violinist Mary Ramsey with him. The band released Love Among The Ruins in 1997, but aside from its lead single, a cover of Roxy Music “More Than This”, reaching #25 in the US, the album made little impact.

Founding member Robert Buck passed away in 2000. The band continued to tour with members occasionally leaving and returning over the years, but new music output was minimal until the 2011 EP Triangles, followed by 2013’s Music from the Motion Picture.

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