2020 Album Draft- Round 1- Pick 9- Msjadeli selects- 10,000 Maniacs- In My Tribe.
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0 [My first draft pick is the 10,000 Maniacs’, “In My Tribe.” Note: most the first few paragraphs are taken from one of my June 13, 2020 posts.]
A Sunny Bak photograph of 10,000 Maniacs, used in 1987 as a publicity shot for their double-platinum second Elektra album, In My Tribe, produced by Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor et al.) In My Tribe was released on July 27, 1987. It was the 10,000 Maniacs’ second major-label album and their first to achieve large-scale success. John Lombardo, Natalie Merchant’s songwriting partner on previous albums, left the band in 1986. Merchant began collaborating with the other members of the band, most notably with Rob Buck. Peter Asher produced. Band Personnel : Natalie Merchant– vocals; Robert Buck– guitars, mandolin, pedal steel guitar; Steve Gustafson– bass guitar; Jerome Augustyniak– drums, percussion; Dennis Drewkeyboards. Additional musicians for the album : Michael Stipe– vocals on 10; Don Grolnick– piano on 12; David Campbell– string arrangements on 12; Dennis Karmazyn– cello on 12; Bob Magnusson– acoustic bass guitar on 12; Novi Novog– viola on 12 When, “ In My Tribe ” was released, I could not get enough of it. It stayed on the player for what seemed like months. It’s one of those albums you pore over the lyrics sheet of until you’ve learned every word, every note and nuance of while listening, until it becomes a part of your being. The songs are important. They have something to say. They are a warm breezy afternoon, lying on a chaise lounger by the pool on vaca, drinking bottomless tequila sunrises. But it is more. Playlist and a few words about and a favorite lyric from each: 1.”What’s the Matter Here?” – about child battering. “ I’m tired of the excuses everybody uses, he’s your kid, do as you see fit. ” 2.”Hey Jack Kerouac” – about the beat generation writer, traveler, philosopher. “ Hip flask slinging madman, steaming cafe flirts, they all spoke through you. ” 3.”Like the Weather” – depression. “The color of the sky as far as I can see is cold grey.” 4.”Cherry Tree” – about being illiterate and wanting to learn to read. “For all those lines and circles, to me, a mystery. Eve pull down the apple and give taste to me.” 5. “The Painted Desert” – lost love. “We’ve played this game of just imagine long enough.” 6. “Don’t Talk” – alcoholism. “ The drink you drown your troubles in is the trouble you’re in now. ” 7. “Peace Train” – “ Ride on the peace train. ” Ironically this was left off later albums because songwriter Cat Stevens had called for the death of author Salman Rushdie after Rushdie’s book was published. 8. “Gun Shy” – baby brother joined the military. “They’re so good at making soldiers but they’re not so good at making men.” 9. “My Sister Rose” – sister’s wedding day. “A life of years free of tears. Bottoms up and lots of luck!” 10. “A Campfire Song” – greed and exploitation of the planet. “A lie to say, “o my mountain has coal veins and beds to dig, 500 men with axes and they all dig for me” 11. “City of Angels” – about Los Angeles. “Stumble, stagger, fall and drag themselves along the streets of heaven.” 12. “Verdi Cries” – on holiday. “The man in one nineteen takes his tea all alone.” I can honestly say that I love every song on this album. If forced to choose favorites, they would be, “The Painted Desert” for its lushness and for what it doesn’t say; and “My Sister Rose” for creating a festive atmosphere of a wonderful wedding day.