Human Drama

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Human Drama
Human Drama Band.jpg
The World Inside promotional photo
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1985–2005, 2011-2012, 2015–present
Labels RCA Records
Triple X
Projekt
Noise Kontrol (Mexico)
Opcion Sonica (Mexico)
The Orchard
Fonarte Latino (Mexico)
Associated acts Sound of the Blue Heart
Website www.humandrama.net
Members Johnny Indovina
Mark Balderas
Michael Ciravolo
Steve Fuxan
Rob Cournoyer
Past members Charlie Bouis
Michael Mallory
Jamii Szmadzinski
CJ Eriksson
Gerri Sutyak
Carlo Bartolini
Steve Caton
Rita D'Albert
Curt Harding
Edward Donato

Human Drama is an American alternative rock band led by singer/songwriter Johnny Indovina formed in 1985.[1] The band released six studio albums before splitting in 2005. They reformed for concerts in 2011 and 2012, and again in 2015. In 2017 they released their 1st studio album in 15 years, Broken Songs for Broken People.

Human Drama (1985 - 2017)[edit]

Broken Songs for Broken People 2017 promotional photo


Indovina began his career in New Orleans in 1980 in the Models.[1] with Indovina, Michael Ciravolo (guitar), Steve Fuxan (bass) and Charlie Bouis (drums). Upon relocating in 1985 to Los Angeles they changed their name to Human Drama with the addition of Mark Balderas (keyboards). Human Drama quickly became an integral part of the "Scream Scene" which developed around the underground LA club Scream.[1][2]

Signed to RCA Records in 1988,[3] Human Drama released an EP, Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death, and an album, Feel, a year later,[1] both of which were produced by Ian Broudie (Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Lightning Seeds and many others).

Human Drama next signed to Triple X Records and released The World Inside in 1992.[3] A video for "This Tangled Web" was directed by long-time friend, roadie and tour manager for the band, Dave Eddy. The album proved so popular that Triple X eventually released a companion six-video compilation that featured detailed narration by Indovina.

Pinups, a collection of cover songs, was released in 1993, followed by the Human Drama EP in 1994 and Songs of Betrayal in 1995, both on Projekt Records. In 1998 14,384 Days Later, a live, career-spanning retrospective was released on both Hollow Hills/Triple X and the Mexican Opcion Sonica label. A book of Indovina's lyrics, My Bag of Secrets (The Words of Human Drama)|My Bag of Secrets...the Words of Human Drama, was published in 1997. The following year brought Solemn Sun Setting, the band's seventh album, and in 2000, Triple X released The Best of Human Drama...In a Perfect World.

Indovina then released Momento's En El Tiempo, the first live document of his solo acoustic shows. Produced by long-time Human Drama guitarist Michael Ciravolo, the disc was culled from several performances recorded between 1995 and 2000 in venues ranging from CBGB's in New York City to Café Bizarro in Mexico City.

The last album by Human Drama before the group disbanded in 2005 was Cause and Effect, released in the US on Projekt Records and in Latin America by Noise Kontrol.[4]

In late 2006, Indovina formed a new band, Sound of the Blue Heart, releasing the albums Beauty? in 2006 and Wind of Change in 2009.[2][5]

In 2011 Human Drama reunited for one concert in Hollywood, CA. In 2012 they performed in Mexico City at the Plaza Condesa.[6] They recorded a new single in 2015, "The Liar Inside".[7] Also that year Indovina released his first solo album, Trials of the Writer.[2] In 2015 Human Drama performed in Mexico City at Circo Volador for a 30th Anniversary Concert.[8]

In 2017, the venerable band returned with Broken Songs for Broken People, their first album in 15 years, supported by two new videos for "The Liar Inside" and "Rain on Me".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Date of Release Title Label
1989 Feel RCA
1992 The World Inside Triple X
1993 Pinups Triple X
1995 Songs of Betrayal Projekt
1999 Songs of Betrayal Part One Triple X
1999 Songs of Betrayal Part Two Triple X
1999 Solemn Sun Setting Triple X
2002 Cause and Effect Projekt
2017 Broken Songs for Broken People Fonarte Latino
Live albums
Compilations

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 'This Tangled Web"/"Times Square (1990), Triple X
  • 'Fascination and Fear"/"Fading Away" (1991), Triple X
  • "Heroin"/"Never Never" (1998), Triple X
  • "The Liar Inside" (2015), Dixsamdee Music BMI
  • "Rain On Me" (2017) Fonarte Latino

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Projekt 200 by Various Artist - Human Drama "The Waiting Hour (Once Again)"; Projekt Records 2007.
  • Very Introspective Actually- A Pet Shop Boys Tribute - Human Drama "This Must Be The Place I've Waited Years To Leave"; Dancing Ferret Discs 2001.
  • Orphee - Human Drama " A Single White Rose"; Projekt Records Compilation 2000.
  • Songs from the Wasteland: A Tribute to The Mission - Human Drama " Kingdom Come"; Re-Constriction Records 1999.
  • Death for Life A benefit compilation for AIDS research - Human Drama "Goodbye"; Mere Mortal Productions 1999.
  • New Wave Goes To Hell - Human Drama "The Whole Of The Moon"; Cleopatra Records 1996.
  • Beneath The Icy Floe - Human Drama "Sad I Cry"; Projekt Records 1995.
  • Scream The Compilation - Human Drama "Wave Of Darkness"; Geffen Records 1987.

Videos/DVD[edit]

Books[edit]

The book My Bag of Secrets (The Words of Human Drama) contains lyrics, photos and commentary from Johnny Indovina and his fans. It was published in 1997.

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Raggett, Ned "Human Drama Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2016
  2. ^ a b c Gerard, Chris (2014) "Johnny Indovina explains inspiration behind new album “Trials of the Writer”", Metro Weekly, April 30, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2016
  3. ^ a b Mercer, Mick (1996) Hex Files: The Goth Bible, Batsford Ltd., ISBN 978-0713480337, p. 142
  4. ^ ElUniversal.com Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Bowen, Bliss (2011) "Intensely Human", Pasadena Weekly, May 12, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2016
  6. ^ "Human Drama regresa a México", Esto, July 21, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016
  7. ^ "Exhibe Human Drama “The liar inside”, previo a su show en México", Terra, October 26, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016
  8. ^ González Delgadillo, Daniel (2015) "Human Drama celebrará 30 años con único concierto en México", La Jornada, August 9, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2016

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