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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 United States. 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 dance track. "Drama!" contains a "Guilty!" exclamation throughout, provided by Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain, who were recording in the studio next door.[1]

Released prior to Wild!, "Drama!" continued Erasure's streak of hits on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four. The single also fared well in Germany, hitting number 12. "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 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

The b-side, "Sweet Sweet Baby" contains a vocal sample from the 1968 Jane Fonda film "Barbarella".

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)

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

12" single (12MUTE89) / CD single (CDMUTE89)

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

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE89) / Limited CD single (LCDMUTE89)

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

US maxi-single (21356-2)

  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 (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 157
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 35
Spain (AFYVE)[5] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 4
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 11
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[9]
with "Sweet, Sweet Baby"
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[10]
with "Sweet, Sweet Baby"
West Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 12


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