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). 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 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!. The Wishing Chair is the major-label debut album by 10,000 Maniacs. The album was released in 1985 by Elektra Records. Recorded in London, the album was not a commercial blockbuster, but received mostly favorable reviews and brought the band more visibility than their previous independent releases had. A live concert video of "Scorpio Rising" was produced and received a moderate amount of airplay on MTV.
01 - Can't Ignore The Train 02 - Scorpio Rising 03 - Just As The Tide Was A Flowing 04 - Lilydale 05 - Back O' The Moon 06 - Maddox Table 07 - The Colonial Wing 08 - Grey Victory 09 - Among The Americans 10 - Everyone A Puzzle Lover 11 - Cotton Alley 12 - Daktari 13 - My Mother The War 14 - Tension Makes A Tangle 15 - Arbor Day