Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dramarama-Cinéma Vérité

If you know Dramarama at all, chances are you know them because of the hit single from their debut album, Cinéma Vérité. The song is "Anything, Anything" and it's a college rock classic. It's up there with R.E.M.' s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)" as far as late 80s college rock anthems go. 

The problem with a band like Dramarama is that "Anything, Anything" is such a great song that it doesn't seem possible for them to have anything left in the tank. They have one-hit-wonder written all over them. Let me state this emphatically: Dramarama is no one hit wonder. They have the chops, they have the songs, they have the silly name and weird cover art, and everything else they need to be a bigger deal than they ever turned out to be.

It's come to the point where as a Dramarama fan I almost resent "Anything, Anything" in the same way that I resent "West End Girls" as a Pet Shop Boys fan. I just want to shout, "They have other songs and other albums and they're all pretty darned good!" Cinéma Vérité is a fine album. It would still be a fine album without "Anything, Anything."

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