365 Days, 365 Files: 10,000 Maniacs – Peace Train

Here’s the chronology of events as I remember them:

  • 1987 — 10,000 Maniacs includes a cover of Cat Stevens’ "Peace Train" on In My Tribe
  • 1989 — Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) declares his support of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie’s life.
  • 1989 — 10,000 Maniacs pulls "Peace Train" off of subsequent pressings of In My Tribe.

I bought In My Tribe on vinyl, just as 10,000 Maniacs were starting to gain momentum, and "Peace Train" was on it. By the time I started converting my vinyl collection to CD, the band had already pulled "Peace Train" from the album. I found a used CD that included the track at a music shop near the University of Hawaiʻi campus.

"Peace Train" is still not available on In My Tribe, but it was remastered for the band’s Elektra retrospective, Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs. I thought I had something collectible, but as it turns out, "Peace Train" was also included on a compilation album after it was pulled from In My Tribe.

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