What Ever Happened to The Cardigans?


The Cardigans’ debut album Emmerdale (1994) and second album Life (1995) established them as a formidable  national act, but it wasn’t until their single “Lovefool,” from the album First Band on the Moon (1996), was included in the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet that the Swedish band had truly conquered the world.


First Concert: Steve Gustafson of 10,000 Maniacs

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.


Lost Gems: “(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Eric

I’ve been on a Stiff Records kick as of late. Our most recent lost gem is “Teacher Teacher” by Rockpile and our most recent “What’s New” features Elvis Costello. But I’m not apologizing.

Now it’s time for Riffraf to feature Wreckless Eric, perhaps the most forgotten member of the Stiff Records stable, which also included Ian Dury, the Damned, Rachel Sweet and Devo. I’ve decided to keep it all in the family and discuss Eric’s lost gem, “(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World.”


Led to Sea Is Humming and Rolling

Led to Sea is the solo project of Seattle-based violinist, violist, and singer Alex Guy who fuses classical, pop and experimental music by deftly utilizing her viola and voice to create rich, layered, and haunting compositions. Guy has opened for and performed with renowned artists such as Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, and Jherek Bischoff.

Guy’s third and latest album The Beautiful Humming of Ms. Fortune, which was released on May 5,  is the product of a two year collaboration with Jherek Bischoff who engineered and co-produced the album.

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