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With the aid of Linda Ronstadt producer Peter Asher, 10,000 Maniacs made the leap into the major leagues via 1987’s In My Tribe. Weathering the loss of guitarist John Lombardo, the band sanded down some of its quirkier edges in favor of a leaner, more direct approach. Singer Natalie Merchant followed suit, bringing a more contemporary focus to her ever-vivid lyrics. The result was such radio favorites as “Like The Weather” (a brightly lilting number about depression) and “What’s The Matter Here?” (a similarly catchy condemnation of child abuse). The band’s sonic twists are still present — “My Sister Rose,” for instance, features Robert Buck’s African-influenced guitar lines — but what’s been added is a more visceral musical attack (especially on “Don’t Talk”) and a more upfront lyric treatment of social issues. Merchant’s themes range from illiteracy (“Cherry Tree”) to urban alienation (“City Of Angels”), with detours into more mysterious terrain as well (“Verdi Cries”). In My Tribe is an ultra-tuneful folk-rock excursion mixing exotic musical influences with conscience-prodding poetry. One of the gems of its era.

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This is a Classic!!

I ran across this on iTunes and immediately thought of the summer I was 16, driving with the windows down singing at the top of my lungs! My 1985 Cutlass Supreme is no longer here - but my love for this album remains! My only regret is that you can no longer get "Peace Train". Sadly, it was my favorite but has been removed from the album due to the songwriter's politics.

Why no Peace Train.

The original American release did have "Peace Train". 10,000 Maniacs had it removed after Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, made statements endorsing the Khomeini's death threat against author Salman Rushdie in 1989. It is too bad that it is missing, but it isn't iTunes decision to not include it. Great Album, every song exceptional.

Great Stuff

Back in the day this was one of those albums I wore out in my tape deck. Songs with catchy tunes and "hipster" lyrics make this collection a classic. I still catch myself humming a bunch of these songs today many years after ths tape self-destructed.


Genre: Rock

An acclaimed, multi-platinum selling American alternative rock outfit whose agreeable blend of jangle pop and folk-rock helped to define college rock scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, 10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie 2,000 Maniacs) were formed in Jamestown, New York, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. Other members of the sextet were Robert Buck (guitar), Steven Gustafson (bass), Dennis Drew (keyboards), and Jerry Augustyniak (drums). The...
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