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Erasure single drama.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Wild!
B-side"Sweet Sweet Baby", "Paradise"
Released18 September 1989
Format12", 7", CD, 3" CD
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Gareth Jones, Mark Saunders, Erasure
Erasure singles chronology
"You Surround Me"

"Drama!" is the first single released in September 1989 by Erasure from their fourth studio album Wild!. It was issued by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the U.S.

Written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, the synthpop song begins with a low-key keyboard line and a subdued vocal from Bell. As the song progresses, the instrumentation and vocals become more hectic, ultimately ending as a full-blown dancefloor anthem. "Drama!" is known for its mob-shouted "Guilty!" exclamation throughout and Bell's intricate, multi-layered background vocals. The mob's vocals were added to by The Jesus and Mary Chain, who happened to be recording in the studio next door.

Released prior to Wild!, "Drama!" continued Erasure's winning streak on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four.[1] The single also fared well in Germany, hitting number twelve.[2] "Drama!" did not continue Erasure's chart success in the United States, where it failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100. It did, however, climb to number ten on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[3]

Music video[edit]

The single was promoted with a music video showing Erasure performing the song in an alley into which plastic bags and bottles are blown by the wind, followed by larger plastic items falling from above. As the items begin to fill up the alley, Clarke and Bell initially escape onto a rooftop, but are ultimately engulfed by the rising tide of plastic.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE89) / Cassette Single (CMUTE89)[edit]

  1. "Drama!"
  2. "Sweet Sweet Baby"

12" single (12MUTE89) / CD single (CDMUTE89)[edit]

  1. "Drama!" (Act 2)
  2. "Sweet Sweet Baby" (The Moo-Moo Mix)
  3. "Paradise"

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE89) / Limited CD single (LCDMUTE89)[edit]

  1. "Drama!" (Krucial Mix)
  2. "Sweet Sweet Baby" (Medi Mix)
  3. "Paradise" (Lost and Found Mix)

U.S. maxi-single (21356-2)[edit]

  1. "Drama!" (Krucial Mix)
  2. "Drama!" (7" Version)
  3. "Sweet Sweet Baby" (Medi Mix)
  4. "Paradise" (Lost and Found Mix)
  5. "Drama!" (Act 2)
  6. "Sweet Sweet Baby" (The Moo-Moo Mix)
  7. "Paradise"
  8. "Sweet Sweet Baby" (7" Mix)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 157
German Singles Chart[2] 12
Irish Singles Chart[5] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 35
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 18
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 15
UK Singles Chart[1] 4
US Dance/Club Play Singles[3] 10
US Hot Dance Music Sales[9] 13


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  2. ^ a b "Erasure – Drama! (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Erasure > Chart History > Dance Club Songs (page 2)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  4. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 14 June 2017". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Drama' (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz > Erasure in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Drama!". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  9. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14.