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10,000 Maniacs



10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based multi-platinum alternative rock band, formed in 1981, that continues to perform and release music. This year 2016, the band is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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 know as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

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What's Up at the Belly Up this week features 10,000 Maniacs! We hear their origin story of getting a record deal and how the current lineup came to be, talk about donating plasma and the fact that they were the VERY FIRST MTV Unplugged!


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