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Jerry Augustyniak joined in Together with artists like R. After touring extensively with REM and though out Europe John Lombardo left the band in July of and the band continued as a 5 piece. In the Maniacs recorded and released In My Tribe. Produced by Peter Asher James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt this album broke into the charts, where it stayed 77 weeks, peaking at 37 and selling over two million copies.
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They have released nine studio albums, six EPs and five live albums. After the recording but before the release of MTV Unplugged , original lead singer and main songwriter Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Mary Ramsey , who was the lead singer from to and then from to the present. Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant , who was 17 at the time, to do some vocals. Newhouse and Cardinale left the band in July, and Merchant became the main singer. Various drummers came and left. The band changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10, Maniacs after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs! Tired of playing cover songs—though their first notable American hit was a cover of the Cat Stevens hit " Peace Train "—the band started to write their own music, usually with Merchant handling the lyrics and Lombardo the music. More gigs followed in During this time they lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a short period at the encouragement of friends who said that many gigs were available there.