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01 Grey Victory
02 Katrinas Fair
03 Poor De Chirico
04 The Latin One
05 Planned Obsolescence
06 Hello In There
08 Can’t Ignore The Train
09 Do You Love An Apple?
11 National Education Week
12 Pit Viper
13 Scorpio Rising
15 My Mother The War
16 Among The Americans
Uploaded by: Arbuthnot
Recorded by RC
Seeded by Josef
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10,000 Maniacs’ “The Wishing Chair” L.P. will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year
(original release date – September 23, 1985). Since it seems apparent that the Maniacs
are not being given the remaster / bonus tracks / box set treatment that they so richly
deserve, I’ve decided to upload all of my 70+ live and rare 10,000 Maniacs recordings
during the coming weeks. Although many of these recordings will be re-seeds of previous
Dime torrents, a substantial number have never appeared on the Dime (and many others
haven’t been shared since the Dime’s previous incarnation as “easytree.org” circa 2005).
I looked on a site to see if this gig was available as a bootleg. There is a copy going a round, but it doesn’t list track 16, the second encore, which takes this gig just over 60 mins and may account for why it’s possibly been left off other tape trades?
I’d waited a long time to see the band in the UK. Having heard them on John Peel, I was lucky enough to get a US import copy of the I Ching album from the Rough Trade shop soon after it came out. RC and I were seeing Dead Can Dance a lot round about this time and we both went along to Dingwalls. I didn’t take my recorder. I can’t remember why not, although I was familiar with Dingwalls and it may have been something to do with being
worried about the bouncers or just noisy audiences.
My over-riding memory of this gig was Natalie wildly swinging and dancing around the cast iron columns on stage that held the roof up, with her long hair flowing. The stage was crammed – they were a big band and it was a small venue. Very noisy and sweaty. Anyway, after the gig I told RC that I wished I’d taped it. He said he wasn’t that impressed and a couple of weeks later sent me his master, keeping a copy for himself. If you know RC,
this will sound really odd as he became a big Maniacs and Natalie Merchant fan. I guess he just didn’t feel it straight away. I’ve got plenty of ticket stubs from Dingwalls, but nothing to tell me which one relates to this gig, so no images I’m sorry to say.
I went to the Marquee the next night and taped it – although it was a disaster. I arrived late, left early and in between picked up loads of chatter on the mike.
Enjoy – and thanks to RC for the master.
8 thoughts on “10,000 Maniacs – London, England (09/07/84)”
Very cool, Matt. I saw them in 1985 when they opened for REM on the Fables tour.
Great band, very distinctive. I saw them In London, but I think it was at the (much bigger) Hammersmith Odeon, so must have been a year or two after this tour.
Do you have any of the In My Tribe & Blind Man’s Zoo tours?
I think I have one or two. I’ll try to post them soon.
Thank you VERY much, it would be VERY appreciated! I have been looking for bootlegs from both tours.
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