Wednesday, July 28, 2010

♠ Merchant And Maniacs ♠

10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based alternative rock band, which formed in 1981 and continues to be active with various line-ups. The band was formed as Still Life in 1981 in Jamestown, New York, by Dennis Drew (keyboards), Steve Gustafson (bass), Chet Cardinale (drums), Robert Buck (guitar), and Teri Newhouse (Buck's ex-wife and vocalist). Steve Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant, who was 17 at the time, to do some vocals. John Lombardo who was in a band called The Mills (along with brother guitarist/vocalists Mark Liuzzo and Paul Liuzzo and drummer Mike Young) and used to play occasionally with Still Life, was invited to join permanently on guitar and vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Natalie Merchant became the main singer. Various drummers came and left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10,000 Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs! -courtesy of wikipedia

  1.     Human Conflict Number Five (1982)
  2.     Secrets of the I Ching (1983)
  3.     The Wishing Chair (1985)
  4.     In My Tribe (1987)
  5.     Blind Man's Zoo (1989)
  6.     Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990)
  7.     Our Time in Eden (1992)
  8.     MTV Unplugged (1993)
  9.     Love Among the Ruins (1997)
  10.     The Earth Pressed Flat (1999)
  11.     Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings (2004)
  12.     Live Twenty-Five (2006)
  13.     Extended Versions (2009)
Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993. Natalie Merchant was born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, New York, the third of four children of Anthony and Ann Merchant. Her paternal grandfather, who played the accordion, mandolin and guitar, emigrated to the United States from Sicily; his surname was "Mercante" before it was Anglicized. Her maternal grandfather, a cartoonist, piano tuner and member of a barbershop quartet, was Irish. Her parents divorced when she was eight, and her mother later remarried. -courtesy of wikipedia

  1. 1995: Tigerlily
  2. 1998: Ophelia
  3. 1999: Live In Concert [Neil Simon Theatre]
  4. 2001: Motherland
  5. 2003: The House Carpenter's Daughter
  6. 2005: Retrospective: 1995–2005
  7. 2010: Leave Your Sleep [ Released on April 13, 2010 ]

I became a fan of the 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant year 1997. I was engrossed by their different take on music. They're musical style was very different. Nothing I've ever heard before. The Maniacs upbeat tune to their songs are the most encompassing trait to their style, and Natalie's haunting voice fits perfectly with the music.

Ever since then, I never stopped listening to their music. And Natalie Merchant's newest album is no doubt for me, one of her best album to date! Her ethereal and unique voice is superby displayed on this album. I hope that the 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant will have a reunion album, or even a reunion concert. I can't wait for that to happen! Cheerz!

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