10,000 Maniacs: All The Everything Pt.1

Alright, here we go with the first post of my new, massive All The Everything series!

1985 – The Wishing Chair (CD)

Decent pop music, I can hear influence on a lot of Mint bands from about ten years ago. A lot of the music is either straight-up pop, or east coast-sounding celtic-y, or both. Of course, Natalie Merchant’s vocals are amazing, and there are a few stand-out songs, but it all starts to blend and sound the same after a while.

1988 – In My Tribe (CS)

More of the same perfect jangle pop, it’s sweet, infectious, listenable. Same as with The Wishing Chair, I can hear their influence on others throughout this one. Many strong messages in the lyrics, and good on ‘em. Singles Like The Weather and What’s The Matter Here are decent. Merchant puts some thought into the Beats with Hey Jack Kerouac, Michael Stipe joins on A Campfire Song, and there’s a cover of Cat Stevens’ Peace Train, which I’ve learned got removed from later releases as comments from Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) about the song made it seem to be in support of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie (for The Satanic Verses).

1992 – Our Time In Eden (CD)

The last album they recorded before Natalie Merchant left for her solo career, this one feels way more mature, somehow more soulful (richer and smoother), less bouncy. Having huge tunes like These Are Days, Few And Far Between, and Candy Everybody Wants helps a bit, and adding Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley to your musicians list is awesome. Of the three, I liked this one best.

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Hit It Or Quit It: 

About a year ago, I liked 2/3 of these a lot more. But I haven’t listened to them much since they followed me home, and I doubt I’ll play them much more now. Today, all three are Quit. There are many pretty songs, and I know they’re generally well-regarded, but of the three Our Time in Eden came closest to staying, and I still doubt I’ll return to it anytime soon. I’d probably be fine with a hits set (like Campfire Songs).

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Series Stats:

1 posts
3 albums

0 hit
3 quit

2 CD
0 LP
1 CS

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Posted on April 24, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. Here is my only suggestion: Changing the title.

    10,000 Maniacs: All The Everything Pt.1

    Because all we see in the inbox is:

    [New post] All The Everything Pt…

    So these are all going to look the same if you continue with this format.

    Never cared about 10,000 Maniacs, so if you quit, I’m cool with it!

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  2. Don’t know anything about the band but I like the post format! Keep em coming.

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  3. I like this format, though agree with Mike’s suggestion that you throw the band name first.

    I think you’re spot on about this lot, though. I’ve never found enough to be lured back in to an album (my introduction was Blind Man’s Zoo and the MTV Unplugged).

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  4. I like 10,000 Maniacs enough to keep their albums, but 1980’s college folk-rock is right in my wheelhouse – I do generally think they’re a second tier act in the scheme of things. “These Are Days” is a favourite song of mine – I always want to play it in spring.

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    • If space wasn’t a limitation, I would totally keep these. But I’m trying to do a bit of a cull and asked myself if I reeeaaaally needed them and, well, no. But like I said, the hits set would be a keeper!

      These Are Days is an amazing tune, it’s true. Pretty much perfect in every way. I can see why it’s a spring song!

      Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Meh! (the music, not the post!).

    A poor man’s Violent femmes!

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  6. Did someone mention Kick Axe ?

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    • Hahaha hey there Deke! 🙂

      Yup, Mike mentioned the reissues are on Amazon. Verrrrrrrrry tempting.

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      • MEEEEEETAL SHUUUUUUUUUUUFLE!

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        • Rock ‘n’ Roll soilders side by side
          How many times have they made us cry?
          Break through with our backs to the sky
          Through hell’s gate
          They all died!
          The band hit the stage
          They were standing tall
          Somewhere out there
          You can still hear their call
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Cause for an alarm
          Nobody told us it was only a song!

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        • And, of course:

          Cause for an alarm
          Nobody told us it was only a song!
          Hell’s angels scream out in flight
          Warrior black covering light
          That’s the law coming out from under
          Hurricane winds and howling thunder
          The band kept playing throught the night
          All the people wanna shout
          They’re ready to fight for…
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Cause for an alarm
          Nobody told us it was only a song!
          Shuffle! Shuffle! Shuffle!
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy Metal Shuffle
          Heavy metal Shuffle
          Cause for an alarm
          Nobody told us it was only a song
          Nobody told us it was only a song
          Oh! It’s so real
          You know it’s so real
          Yeah! Only a song yeah!
          Only a song hell yeah!
          Metal shuffle!

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  7. yeah peace train got removed

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  8. Nice start to the series Aaron!
    I like this format with the running totals

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    • Thanks Geoff!

      I knew you’d dig the stats. In fact, when I was putting that in there I thought “you know who’s really gonna like this? Geoff!” Haha I was right. Now, if only I had your mad charting and graphing skills, I’d make it look real purdy!

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