In My Tribe

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In My Tribe
Standard CD artwork, also used for original CD release
Studio album by 10,000 Maniacs
Released 27 July 1987
Recorded March–April 1987, The Complex, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock, soft rock, rock
Length 46:51
Label Elektra (1987 US, Canada, Europe,Germany, UK, Australia)
BMG Ariola Discos Ltda. (1987 Brazil)
Producer Peter Asher
10,000 Maniacs chronology
The Wishing Chair
In My Tribe
Blind Man's Zoo
Music sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

In My Tribe is an album by the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. It was their second major-label album and their first to achieve large-scale success. John Lombardo, Natalie Merchant's songwriting partner on previous albums, left the band in 1986. Merchant began collaborating with the other members of the band, most notably with Rob Buck.

In My Tribe was ranked No. 65 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

In 1989, the cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train" was removed from the U.S. CD version after comments made by Stevens (by now a Muslim convert and known as Yusuf Islam) that were perceived to be supportive of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. The song remains on vinyl copies and CDs released outside the United States. The song was later included in a 2-CD compilation, Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings, released on 24 January 2004, by Elektra/Asylum/Rhino Records.


The front cover of the CD edition is a black-and-white photograph of children with bows and arrows in an archery class,[5][6] a theme used by vinyl[7] and cassette editions[8] with different covers.


Rolling Stone ranked this album number sixty-five out of "100 Best Albums of the Eighties" and then wrote, "It is a poetic, heartfelt message about social concerns such as alcoholism, child abuse and illiteracy."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Natalie Merchant, except where noted.

  1. "What's the Matter Here?" (Robert Buck, Natalie Merchant) – 4:51
  2. "Hey Jack Kerouac" (Buck, Merchant) – 3:26
  3. "Like the Weather" – 3:56
  4. "Cherry Tree" (Buck, Merchant) – 3:13
  5. "The Painted Desert" (Jerome Augustyniak, Merchant) – 3:39
  6. "Don't Talk" (Dennis Drew, Merchant) – 5:04
  7. "Peace Train" (Cat Stevens) – 3:26
    Omitted in later releases
  8. "Gun Shy" – 4:11
  9. "My Sister Rose" (Augustyniak, Merchant) – 3:12
  10. "A Campfire Song" – 3:15
  11. "City of Angels" (Buck, Merchant) – 4:17
  12. "Verdi Cries" – 4:27


10,000 Maniacs
Additional musicians
Other Personnel


Chart (1987) Peak
The Billboard 200 37[11]
  • In My Tribe stayed on the charts for 77 weeks.
Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Like the Weather" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
1988 "Like the Weather" Billboard Hot 100 68
1988 "What's the Matter Here?" Billboard Hot 100 80
1988 "What's the Matter Here?" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 9


Organization Level Date
RIAA – U.S. Gold 7 July 1988
RIAA – U.S. Platinum 10 August 1989
RIAA – U.S. Double Platinum 10 February 1998