" is the first single released by Erasure
from their fourth studio album Wild!
. It was issued by Mute Records
in the UK and Sire Records
in the U.S.
Written by Vince Clarke
and Andy Bell
, the synth pop
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 dancefloor anthem. "Drama!" is known for its mob-shouted "Guilty!" exclamation throughout and Bell's intricate, multi-layered background vocals. Lyrically the song addresses a person who could be considered a drama queen
, experiencing "one psychological drama after another" about everyday struggles that are universal and are easily dealt with by most people. Lines such as "your shame is never-ending!" are directed at the subject of the song. The mob's vocals were added to by The Jesus and Mary Chain
, who happened to be recording in the studio next door.
Released prior to Wild!
, "Drama!" continued Erasure's winning streak on the UK singles chart
, peaking at number four. In Germany
the single also fared well, hitting number twelve. "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 ten on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play
7" single (MUTE89) / Cassette Single (CMUTE89)