The band started in 1989, playing in Los Angeles’s clubs. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1992 on the Virgin Records label. It sold 40,000 copies initially, and has sold an estimated 1,000,000 to date.
The original members of the Wallflowers include Jakob Dylan (vocals and guitar), Barrie Maguire (bass guitar and vocals), Peter Yanowitz (drums and percussion), Rami Jaffee (keyboards and vocals), and Tobi Miller (guitar). Peter Yanowitz and Barrie Maguire left the band shortly after the album’s release and went on to join Natalie Merchant’s band. In May 1993, an old friend and schoolmate of Dylan, Greg Richling joined the group, replacing Maguire on bass. Though Richling wasn’t on the first record, he was on the first tour, making him a member of the original lineup.