10,000 Maniacs

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2007 (The 2008 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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These Are Days (1992)

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Will 10,000 Maniacs be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


11 comments so far (post your own)

I'm shocked they're elligible this early........they've been together since 1982?

Strong, but never too innovative. Certainly a name worth mentioning, but not hall of fame material. Natalie Merchant's voice is still one of the loveliest.

Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 12.12.06 @ 02:54am

Yes, 10KM's first indie EP was released in 1982. Their first major label album, "The Wishing Chair" was released in 1985, and "In my Tribe," the album that brought them to a wider auidence was released in the summer of 1987, although it wasn't until the sping of 1988 that it began to sell and garner attention outside of the band's fan base on college campuses.

Posted by NFB on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 20:00pm

10,000 Maniacs should be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their music is timeless and still relevant to this day which should be recognized. I would hope that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes artists for the quality of their work and not on record sales.

Posted by 10k Fan on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 20:45pm

One of the lamest bands to ever play a stage. Natalie Merchant should be smacked for covering "Because the Night".

Posted by Lisa on Wednesday, 10.31.07 @ 12:00pm

Lisa, your comments are ridiculous as they are laughable. Natalie brought "because the night" to a wide audience who in turn rewarded her by selling out all of the concerts on that tour and buying more than 3 million copies of that record. I also know that Patti Smith was *very* appreciative.

10,000 Maniacs should most definitely be considered for the Hall of Fame. They are one of the most original bands of the last 25 years -- I defy anyone who doesn't think so to read her lyrics and honestly say that they aren't original, poignant, and biting. Besides that, Natalie's corduroy voice is angelic.

Induct 10,000 Maniacs!

Posted by Kevin on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 08:19am

I don't think they'll get in. As a practical matter, there's no way they'll ever be able to fit that many band members on the podium for the induction.

Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Monday, 11.30.09 @ 17:53pm

Ouch.... i hate voting no as i love this band and have had this weird crush on Natalie Merchant for years, but i question their innovation. Brilliant yes, wonderful to listen to yes, but they are very far on the outside looking in. Didn't see them ranked at all on notinhalloffame.com and they barely registered on rateitall.com I guess i am not the only one who feels that way.....still love them though!

Posted by The_Avenger on Sunday, 03.21.10 @ 20:16pm

too many band members, but perhaps just natalie

Look up "Effigy"

timeless and beautiful. She performed "Red rain" with peter Gabriel and it was also timeless! She showcases herself to be one of the most important voices of the generation.

Posted by Mikhail on Saturday, 07.7.12 @ 02:07am

I would vote for 10,000 Maniacs RRHOF.They were totally an original group & Natalie Merchant's voice is just wonderful.She can really announciate her words beautifully.Reminds me of Cyndi Lauper that way.

10,000 Maniacs had a fair amount of hit songs. What's The Matter Here? Because The Night, These Are Days, Candy Everybody Wants etc.The Unplugged CD was one of my FAV in the series. Ranking slightly behind Nirvana & Mariah Carrey.

I've always admired 10,000 Maniacs for never selling out & singing with great sincerity. They were innovative because they attacked social issues in their music.Before it was en vogue to do.Child abuse,Young pregnancy...you name it. Merchant reminds me of Mellencamp when she sings.Both made you believe they were angry at the injustices of the world & you could feel their passion on issues.

Natalie Merchant definitely influenced singers & female singers who started in the 90's. I can't think of many musicians who don't respect her voice & talent. 10,000 Maniacs are also like the Doors & Counting Crows in that Natalie Merchant like Jim Morrison & Adam Duritz became the face of the band while the other great musicians became anonymous.

2 hands up Natalie Merchant & 10,000 Maniacs RRHOF!!! KING

Posted by KING on Wednesday, 01.29.14 @ 14:55pm

Natalie Merchant one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Pure and simple. 10,000 Maniacs musical style was unique and transcends time or place. Influential in Merchant as a front woman. You start seeing women as lead singers after. In My Tribe, The Wishing Chair, MTV Unplugged should put 10,000 Maniacs in RRHOF. They really deserve the honor. I think The Beatles would have sounded like 10,000 Maniacs if they continued playing. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 05.23.15 @ 02:01am

Natalie merchant should be in the hall of fame. Period.

Posted by Hazy Davy on Sunday, 06.5.16 @ 08:38am

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