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One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, was founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981. Jerry Augustyniak joined in 1983. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock ... Read more in Amazon's 10,000 Maniacs Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What's The Matter Here? - 10,000 Maniacs
2. Hey Jack Kerouac - 10,000 Maniacs
3. Like The Weather - 10,000 Maniacs
4. Cherry Tree - 10,000 Maniacs
5. The Painted Desert - 10,000 Maniacs
6. Don't Talk - 10,000 Maniacs
7. Gun Shy
8. My Sister Rose
9. A Campfire Song
10. City Of Angels
11. Verdi Cries

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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (3/01)


In My Tribe was 10,000 Maniacs' second (and best) album and the record that made the band collegiate favorites and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant a star. Producer Peter Asher's rich balance of acoustic and electric instruments gave muscle to the group's folk-rock. "Hey Jack Kerouac" found Merchant musing on the literary beats of the 1950s, but the song's musical hook was the rich bed of rhythm guitars laid atop the solid drums. "Don't Talk" offered a similarly propulsive rock sound, with lyrics that advised troubled lovers to keep it to themselves. R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe offered hipster credibility by guesting on "A Campfire Song," while a cover of Cat Stevens's "Peace Train" offered listeners a familiar port of entry. However, when Muslim convert Stevens announced his support of Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini's call for the execution of Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, the band rereleased the album without "Peace Train." --John Milward

Customer Reviews

Natalie Merchant has a beautiful voice.
It is a wonder, an amazing display of talent.
Timothy J. Slivinski
I highly recommend buying music like this.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on July 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In addition to being the band that launched Natalie Merchant's career, 10,000 Maniacs were among the best of the late 1980s college rock groups that gained popularity in the wake of R.E.M.'s success. "In My Tribe" was the Merchant and Company's best album, containing the ace single "Like the Weather," and accompanying material that is just as strong. Other highlights are the child abuse take "What's the Matter Here," the tribute "Hey Jack Kerouac," and the catchy "Don't Talk." Unfortunately, the band pulled their wonderful cover version of Cat Stevens's "Peace Train" off of subsequent pressings of this album after Stevens's coversion to radical Islam and his support of Ayatolah Khomeni's call for Muslims to kill author Salmon Rushdie for publishing "The Satanic Verses." While I support the band's thinking, it robs the album of one of its best performances.
Overall, an excellent record that sounds as fresh today as when it was released in 1987.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philip F. Attinger on May 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At age 17, I had an old blue VW Beetle with a tape deck, an invitation to visit my older brothers at the University of Alabama, a 2 1/2-hour drive, and this album on tape - recorded from an album. I listened to it all the way down and all the way back, and the stereo at the party that weekend played these tunes.
Now, 16 years later, I still have the tape - worn, cutting out in places. My sister pushed REC by mistake in the middle of "Don't Talk" and now her gasp is stuck in the middle of it - but I still listen. My favorites have to be "Cherry Tree," "Campfire Song," "Like the Weather" (of course), and "City of Angels."
It's the perfect soundtrack to a weekend or a life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This really is an amazingly good album, filled with depth and passion and shaped by one of music's most distinct, compelling voices (Natalie Merchant). I actually bought this album long ago, before I had even heard any 10,000 Maniacs music. The name of the group had a certain appeal to me, and there is something about the cover and its enticing shade of purple that drew me to it. Of course, what matters here is really the music, and I think this album reveals the very heart and soul of Natalie Merchant and the Maniacs. Not yet superstars, all of the musicians poured copious amounts of passion into each and every song, making this music both incredibly enchanting to the ears and compelling to the heart and mind. Merchant's unique voice is a beacon of soul-seeking enlightenment examining themes most artists (as well as most people) often shy away from. For example, What's the Matter Here? focuses on child abuse, Don't Talk addresses a struggling alcoholic, and Gun Shy is a plaintive lament for a world in which soldiers are needed. Cherry Tree, my favorite, is a song about the personal shame illiteracy can engender in a person, and it expresses such passion and joy in the prospect of learning that it could well serve as the de facto theme song for any adult literacy program. Verdi Cries is, quite simply, hauntingly beautiful. It is unfortunate (yet understandable) that the group's cover of Cat Stevens' Peace Train was removed from later releases of the album because I quite enjoy it-it's certainly much better than the original.
About the Weather is really the only song I remember ever getting playing time on the radio, but there are at least half a dozen songs on here that I find even more enjoyable. R.E.M.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Pennington on May 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
What a gem In My Tribe still is to me! The best thing my high school boyfriend ever did for me was introduce me to the Maniacs more than 10 years ago...and I still love them. This recording marked a crossroads for the group as its first major release...but they shun any categorization with this collection of lyrically strong and beautifully crafted songs, each one a treasure in its own right. This album is still a regular listen for me...even if you own and enjoy the MTV Unplugged performance by this group, which features several In My Tribe songs, you should still own this cd as a body of work. It has its own cool vibe...and you're not going to be able to rock to " Sister Rose" on any other of their cds! What's the Matter Here, Don't Talk, Hey Jack Kerouac and Verdi Cries...this cd is packed with songs that are still my all-time favorites. A soundtrack from the last decade of my life.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Slivinski on February 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have held out reviewing this CD for a very long time. Why? Because I don't know what to say about a CD that touched me very personally and changed my outlook on music and life. There are not very many CD's that sound as fresh today as when they were first purchased over 10 ten years ago. But "In My Tribe" does. The word "masterpiece" is overused, even by me, but it definitely applies to this CD. Every track is powerful lyrically and musically. For me, that power culminates in "Don't Talk." It is Natalie and the Maniacs at their very best. The lyrics never fail to get into my soul. If you have ever felt disillusioned in your life, then this song will speak to you. "Like the Weather" captures the mood of everyone at his or her lowest point, when just getting up in the morning doesn't seem to be quite worth it. Ever wonder about the state of marriage in the world today? Then listen to "My Sister Rose." "Gun Shy" could be about so many in our society today. And the tragedy of child abuse and the lack of resources to stop it get brilliant treatment in "What's the Matter Here." Everyone knows that Natalie Merchant has a beautiful voice, and "Verdi Cries" has the title reaction nearly each time I listen to it--it can move all but the hardest heart and soul to tears. Music does not come any better than this CD. It is a wonder, an amazing display of talent. If you do not own it, you will not be sorry you bought it. It is truly tremendous.
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