The POLLing Chair: 10,000 Maniacs Studio Albums

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wishing chair is best, she is filled with a youthful spirit on it and she didn't sound middle aged yet oh and pete astor hadn't happened yet.

keythkeythkeyth, Friday, 4 September 2009 04:36 (eleven years ago) link

our time in eden was among the first cassettes i ever owned (i was maybe 8 or 9) and i was devastated when my little brother completely unraveled the tape inside of the cartridge. (it didn't come off the reel so i painstakingly salvaged it with the aid of a pencil.) i found it extremely affecting at the time (definitely remember tearz inspired by "how you've grown") and was so amazed that the band's lyrics were written out as fully formed sentences/paragraphs (!) in the liner notes (unlike what i was used to with U2 and other bands where they were just incomplete fragments), but i would probably hate it if i listened to it today. but i guess like most things i listened to in the "impressionable years" every so often a song or two of theirs pops into my head and i don't entirely balk at it.

xuxa pitts (donna rouge), Friday, 4 September 2009 05:04 (eleven years ago) link

possibly this is a case of "great band, shame about the singer"?

xuxa pitts (donna rouge), Friday, 4 September 2009 05:06 (eleven years ago) link

i may like the unplugged disc best of all actually, for that version of "jezebel"

xuxa pitts (donna rouge), Friday, 4 September 2009 05:07 (eleven years ago) link

the kerouac song makes me wretch though. okay i'm done.

xuxa pitts (donna rouge), Friday, 4 September 2009 05:07 (eleven years ago) link

stroke music for burgeoning liberals

This is the most laughably poncey and inaccurate description of 10,000 Maniacs I have ever seen.

Um, sanctimonious or not, that's about five. And that's off the top of your head. And that's too many (cuz, yeah, sanctimonious)

What, so adult literacy and wife-beating are not suitable subjects for songs? Plus, those songs are not sanctimonious.

anagram, Friday, 4 September 2009 07:37 (eleven years ago) link

that's "child beating"

anagram, Friday, 4 September 2009 07:37 (eleven years ago) link

What about the one called "Hateful Hate"?

post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 September 2009 14:34 (eleven years ago) link

The idea that "Cherry Tree" (the adult literacy one) is sanctimonius is laughable on its face, unless any song that's, like, ABOUT something, maaaaaaaan, is sanctimonius.

Plus y'all are leaving out the one about an alcoholic spouse, "Don't Talk," which is megaultrafucking classic.

Also, Our Time in Eden is really a great album, and still sounds good today. The two songs with the Memphis horns area aces, "Gold Rush Brides" is one of her best melodies, etc.

Mario Brosephs (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 4 September 2009 14:45 (eleven years ago) link

I hardly think it's unreasonable for a song about human slavery to use a word like "hateful". Next up, "Why it's sanctimonious to condemn the Holocaust." xp

anagram, Friday, 4 September 2009 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

pancakes otm

anagram, Friday, 4 September 2009 14:52 (eleven years ago) link

"'Boy, it sure would be great if this lady could teach me to read?' Get off your high fucking horse, Merchant."

Mario Brosephs (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 4 September 2009 14:55 (eleven years ago) link

Now that we're on the subject, I appreciate Merchant's novel take on child abuse in "What's The Matter Here?" Her geographic and psychological distance from the situation dovetails with the song's choice of point of view; she doesn't pretend to be an expert, she's just tired of excuses and that boy and his father making noise in the apartment next door.

post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 September 2009 15:02 (eleven years ago) link

Luka Pt. II

Squash weather (Eazy), Friday, 4 September 2009 15:04 (eleven years ago) link

so otm

This is the ultimate "I used to listen to them in high school (junior high?) but then got over it" band.

Mr. Que, Friday, 4 September 2009 15:07 (eleven years ago) link

I don't know how I missed this poll -- would probably have put in for Hope Chest.

(There's already some long Natalie Merchant thread where I go on and on about what I think is great and valuable in her lyric-writing and general style, so I guess I won't repeat too much...)

nabisco, Friday, 4 September 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

You were pretty eloquent about HC once.

post-contrarian meta-challop 2009 (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 September 2009 16:03 (eleven years ago) link

natalie merchant had a secret huge rack

velko, Friday, 4 September 2009 16:15 (eleven years ago) link

ten years pass...

uhrrm...okay then.

anyway, thread revive to say that the John and Mary album from '91 fits really nicely between The Wishing Chair and In My Tribe.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Friday, 22 May 2020 17:36 (six months ago) link

All these albums are good, but In My Tribe is best overall IMO.

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Friday, 22 May 2020 17:45 (six months ago) link


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