Human Drama

Human Drama

One of the longest-lived American goth-inspired bands, Human Drama is in many ways the vehicle for singer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Indovina, who has overseen the band through a variety of lineup changes and stylistic experiments. Over time he has led Human Drama through a series of inspired releases, his strong, just tender enough singing and ear for darkly passionate and dramatic music always at the core of whatever the band is trying next. Supported by a small but devoted fan base in America and elsewhere, notably in Mexico, both Indovina and Human Drama look set to continue their work for some time to come.
Human Drama's proper first came to wider attention via the heavily-hyped "Scream scene" of the mid-'80s, referring to the noted underground goth metal club that helped bring Guns N' Roses and Jane's Addiction to wider attention. Human Drama contributed a song, "Wave of Darkness," to the 1987 collection Scream: The Compilation, which led to a major label deal shortly thereafter with RCA. 1989 saw the release of a taster EP, Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death, and later that year a full album, Feel, both products of recording sessions in Wales and both accomplished enough but rather strident and overbearing. Indovina concluded after release that RCA wasn't doing enough in terms of promotion, making a leap to the small but worthy Triple X label, where he has stayed ever since.
The next major Human Drama release was a masterwork and still for many the best effort by the band still, 1992's The World Inside, a lengthy and, unlike Feel, much more focused and tender effort that deserved the heavy acclaim it won. A solo performance of various cover songs by Indovina at the album's release party inadvertently suggested the next Human Drama album — 1993's Pin-Ups, an open tribute to David Bowie's album of the same name, being a collection of remakes of various sources of inspiration. A move to New York City accompanied a temporary co-release stint on the noted Projekt label, resulting in two further mid-decade releases — 1994's self-titled EP, especially noted for its reworking of Feel's epic "The Waking Hour," and 1995's Songs of Betrayal, an extended meditation on the theme that was later re-released as two separate discs with extra tracks.

Human Drama Discography Tracks


Human Drama Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death (MiniAlbum, EP, Maxi) RCA US 1988 Sell This Version
Human Drama Feel (Album) RCA US 1989 Sell This Version
Human Drama The World Inside (Album) Triple X Records US 1991 Sell This Version
51142-2 Human Drama Pinups(CD) Triple X Records 51142-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
Human Drama Songs Of Betrayal (Album) Projekt Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Human Drama Live (Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Four Days Later) (Album) Triple X Records, Hollows Hill Sound Recordings US 1997 Sell This Version
Human Drama Solemn Sun Setting (Album) Triple X Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Human Drama Momentos En El Tiempo: Johnny Indovina Live Acoustic (Album) Noise Kontrol US 2002 Sell This Version
PRO00139 Human Drama Cause & Effect(CD) Projekt PRO00139 US 2002 Sell This Version
CDFL-1770 Human Drama Broken Songs For Broken People(CD, Album) Fonarte Latino CDFL-1770 Mexico 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

51053-1 Human Drama This Tangled Web(12", blu) Triple X Records 51053-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
CD PRO 14 Human Drama Fascination and Fear / Fading Away(CD, Single, Promo) Triple X Records CD PRO 14 US 1991 Sell This Version
PRO 52 Human Drama Human Drama(CD, EP) Projekt PRO 52 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Human Drama Let It Be (Final Show Promo)(CD, Single, Promo) Not On Label (Human Drama, Self-Released) none US 2004 Sell This Version


60023-2 Human Drama The Best Of Human Drama ...In A Perfect World(CD, Comp) Hollows Hill Sound Recordings 60023-2 US 2000 Sell This Version