Cinéma Vérité

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Cinéma Vérité
Studio album by Dramarama
Released November 1985
Recorded 1982–1985
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 38:04
Label Chameleon, New Rose Records, Question Mark Records
Producer John Easdale/Chris Carter
Dramarama chronology
Cinéma Vérité
(1985)
Box Office Bomb
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sounds 4.5/5 stars[2]

Cinéma Vérité is the debut album by the alternative rock group Dramarama, released in November 1985. Although Dramarama was an American group, specifically from New Jersey, the album was originally released by New Rose Records of France, and in America on Question Mark Records.[3] It was later picked up for release by Chameleon Records in California, a small independent record label.[3] Edie Sedgwick appears on the album cover.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Easdale, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Visiting the Zoo" - 4:03
  2. "Questions?" - 3:16
  3. "Scenario" - 4:18
  4. "Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)" - 3:25
  5. "Femme Fatale" (Lou Reed) - 3:17

Side two

  1. "Candidate" (David Bowie) - 3:19
  2. "Some Crazy Dame" - 3:48
  3. "Etc." - 3:53
  4. "Transformation" - 3:26
  5. "All I Want" - 2:26
  6. "Emerald City" - 3:01

1995 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Punishment (Demo)" - 5:50
  2. "Some Crazy Dame (Demo Version)" - 3:44
  3. "Etc. (Demo Version)" - 3:38
  4. "Want Her To Stay (Demo)" - 4:00
  5. "Pretend (Demo)" (Easdale, Tony Arata) - 2:07
  6. "You Drive Me" (Chris Carter) - 2:51
  7. "A Fine Example" - 2:10
  8. "If Looks Could Kill (Demo)" - 2:58

Personnel[edit]

  • John Easdale - vocals
  • Mr. E Boy - guitar
  • Peter Wood - guitar
  • Chris Carter - bass guitar
  • Theo Ellenis - keyboards
  • Jesse Farbman - drums
  • Muddy Shoes - piano (track 5)
  • Ken Moutenot - drums (tracks 9,10)
  • Ron Machuga - Drums (track 5)

Cover versions/soundtracks[edit]

The song "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)" was covered by the Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington's former band Grey Daze on their album ...no sun today. The California rockers Something Corporate have performed it live, although it has never been released on a studio recording. Recently,[when?] this song was sung by Storm Large, a contestant on the reality show Rock Star: Supernova. The band Lucky Boys Confusion performed a cover of the same song on their EP How to Get Out Alive. A cover of the song performed by Buckcherry is used in the credits for the film Road Trip.

Dramarama's original version of "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)" was also used in the 1988 New Line Cinema film A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master,[3] although it is not available on the soundtrack, but was issued as a 7-inch single promoting its appearance in the film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Roberts, Chris (1986) "Dramarama - Cinéma Vérité", Sounds, 11 January 1986, p. 16
  3. ^ a b c Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock: The Best Musicians and Recordings. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 383. ISBN 0-879-30607-6. 
  4. ^ Sprague, David (1997). The Trouser Press Guide To '90s Rock: The All-New Fifth Edition of The Trouser Press Record Guide (5 ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 219. ISBN 0-684-81437-4.