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Cinema Verite

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Visiting The Zoo
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Questions?
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Scenario
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Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)
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Femme Fatale
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Candidate
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Some Crazy Dame
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Etc.
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Transformation
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All I Want
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Emerald City
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Punishment (Original Unedited Demo)
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Some Crazy Dame (Demo)
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Etc. (Early Solo Demo)
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Want Her To Stay (Demo)
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Pretend (Demo)
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You Drive Me
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A Fine Example
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If Looks Could Kill (Demo)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 66:02

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menaceto

These guys are almost forgotten today, perhaps because they never broke through. As others have said "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)" is the song that should have been a smash.

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One of the greatest modern rock classics

RAYTRADE

If you lived in Southern California in the 80s, there was no way you could escape "Anything Anthing". It was modern rock's equivalent of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", a super-sized hit that was overplayed and seemed to stay on the airwaves for years. Even after it was long already a KROQ classic, even pop-metal station Pirate Radio in LA in the late 80s got more requests for Dramarama than the current hits from any of the superstar pop metal bands of the time like Poison, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Guns and Roses. This despite the song already being years old. A second KROQ hit on this record was the song "Scenario."

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Unbelievably Underrated!

inkling23

See for yourself: "Anything, Anything" is NOT the best song on this amazing album, just the one that got the most airplay. "Visiting The Zoo" is a great opener, "Emerald City" is gorgeous, "Candidate" is arguably better than the Bowie version. A fantastic album from beginning to end. Now to download the bonus tracks that I've never had all these years...

They Say All Music Guide

Probably the greatest rock release from 1985 that almost no one has ever heard, Cinema Verite is a simply fantastic album. Blending everything from British Invasion panache and glam influences to punk energy and back again, its cult legend was established by L.A. DJ legend Rodney Bingenheimer. He played “Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You)” to death on his show and created a sizeable following for the New Jersey band in Southern California. It’s no surprise why: “Anything, Anything” simply smokes, a rave-up for the modern day that starts with a blasting riff before hitting a high-speed punch that doesn’t stop, while singer John Easdale details the highs and lows of a relationship with a breathless yowl. There’s much more to Cinema Verite than that song, though, as even a casual listen demonstrates. Guitarists Mr. E Boy and Peter Wood distill the kick of performers like Keith Richards, Mick Ronson, and Mott the Hoople-era Mick Ralphs into a hot-wired combination, while rhythm section Chris Carter (bass) and Jesse (drums) hit the beat with heart and talent. Add in keyboardist Theothorous Athanasious Ellenis for final flair and the results are jaw dropping. “Scenario,” for instance, is the greatest song the Psychedelic Furs never wrote, with a chugging beat, cut-to-the-chase solos, and Easdale’s delicious Dylan-into-Ian Hunter-via-Bowie vocals creating the definition of energetic melancholia. Speaking of Bowie, there’s a fantastic cover of his “Candidate,” the freaked-out psychosis fully intact, not to mention a nicely dissipated take on the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.” Add in everything from the anguished kick of “Questions?” and the building explosion of “Some Crazy Dame” to the concluding elegance of “Emerald City,” and this isn’t a cult classic, but classic, period. Rhino’s welcome reissue in 1995 tacked on eight bonus tracks, including demo takes and sparer, nervous early singles, and two extensive essays celebrating both the band and this wonderful record. – Ned Raggett

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