The World Inside promotional photo
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|1985-2005, 2011-2012, 2015-present|
Noise Kontrol (Mexico)
Opcion Sonica (Mexico)
Fonarte Latino (Mexico)
|Sound of the Blue Heart|
Human Drama is an American alternative rock band led by singer/songwriter Johnny Indovina formed in 1985. With Indovina the only constant member, 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.
Indovina began his career in New Orleans in 1980 in the Models. 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.
Signed to RCA Records in 1988, Human Drama released an EP, Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death, and an album, Feel, a year later, 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. 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.
In 2011 Human Drama reunited for one concert in Hollywood, CA. In 2012 they performed in Mexico City at the Plaza Condesa. They recorded a new single in 2015, "The Liar Inside". Also that year Indovina released his first solo album, Trials of the Writer. In 2015 Human Drama performed in Mexico City at Circo Volador for a 30th Anniversary Concert.
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".
|Date of Release||Title||Label|
|1992||The World Inside||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|
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.