by Human DramaHuman Drama


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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Human Drama took that concept to an even higher level with its third album. Not merely was Pin-Ups a covers album, like David Bowie's own Pin-Ups collection from 1973, but everything about the artwork and design -- from front cover photo to liner notes to back cover concert and studio snapshots -- totally and thoroughly clones Bowie's effort! Certainly Indovina isn't hiding his homage at all, and unsurprisingly two of Bowie's earliest songs, "After All" and "Letter to Hermione," get the treatment here. As a whole, Pin-Ups logically follows on from The World Inside in terms of the effective incorporation of string performances and subtler arrangements, provided by a rotating core of musicians. Combined with Indovina's welcome decision not to simply re-create the songs, but to interpret them through his own band's sound, the result makes for one of the better remake collections around. Part of its appeal lies with the unexpected song choices -- rather than, say, just serving up the goth world's umpteenth reworking of Bauhaus or Cure tunes, Indovina reveals deeper and varied roots indeed, touching on everyone from Mink Deville to the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd to the Kinks, Nico to Joy Division. The two songs by the last artists are especially intriguing -- though "Love Will Tear Us Apart" has been covered to death, the slow-building interpretation here comes across very well, while the string-led variant of "Decades," violin replacing the synth line in the original, works wonders, Indovina's quietly intense singing a marvel. Another revelatory variation is Genesis' "The Carpet Crawlers," liberated from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and turned into a captivating standout, while Tom Waits' lyrics rarely sounded so fluidly sung thanks to the intriguing choices of "Yesterday Is Here" and "Hang Down Your Head."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1993
Label: Triple X Records
UPC: 0021075114225
catalogNumber: 51142
Rank: 137360

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Human Drama   Primary Artist
Carlo Bartouni   Electric Guitar
Lyn Bertles   Violin
Estefan Bravo   Background Vocals
Rita d'Albert   Flute,Electric Guitar
Dan Daniel   Background Vocals
Joy Division   Track Performer
C.V. Erickson   Percussion,Drums
Curt Harding   Bass
Lili Haydn   Violin,Viola
Lili Haymdn   Violin,Viola
Lisa Meuret   Piano
Jeff Russo   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Sause   Piano
Phillip Stephenson   Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Gerri Sutyak   Cello
Jim Wirt   Bass
Glen Wood   Trumpet
CJ Eiriksson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Johnny Indovina   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Vocals,wah wah guitar
Lance Touanaha   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Steve Hackett   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Tony Banks   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Dan Daniel   Engineer
Lisa Meuret   Engineer
Mike Rutherford   Composer
Jim Wirt   Engineer
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
CJ Eiriksson   Engineer
Johnny Indovina   Producer,Contributor

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