One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs were 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 known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
In 1994 Natalie Merchant announced that she was leaving for a solo career and 10,000 Maniacs continued on adding Mary Ramsey as lead vocalist. 10,000 Maniacs celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011. The new album, Music From The Motion Picture, was released in early 2013.
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