Steve Gustafson (bass), Dennis Drew (keyboards), Chet Cardinale (drums), Robert Buck (guitar) and Teri Newhouse (vocals) formed Still Life in 1981. Gustafson invited Natalie Merchant to perform vocals and guitarist John Lombardo joined as well. When Teri Newhouse left the band, Natalie Merchant became the lead vocalist. Still Life changed its name to Burn Victims and then to 10,000 Maniacs, an homage to the horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs!
Thirty four years later, while line-ups have changed and Natalie Merchant embarked on a solo career, Steve Gustafson and Dennis Drew are the only remaining founding members of the group. But 10,000 Maniacs is still going strong. With Mary Ramsey on vocals and viola, the band is touring in support of their most recent record, Twice Told Tales, an album of traditional folk songs from the British Isles.